Being Sheep

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep."John 10:14-15

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ethiopia Journal, Day 4

Ethiopia, Day 4

This morning we went to an international evangelical church. The service was all in English, and very much like any American evangelical service. It was nice, but unfortunately one member of our group had her camera bag stolen during the service. We weren't able to find it, which was so upsetting for them as it had the pictures of their first meeting with their son on it.

After lunch we went to a golf club restaurant for lunch. Apparently it has the only golf course in Addis.

We came back to the guest house and there was a coffee ceremony happening for Birtukan and Nesibu. It was their 14th anniversary!

Ethiopian coffee ceremonies are all about spending time together with your friends and family. The coffee beans are roasted over a small fire while incense is burned. The coffee beans are ground and made into coffee. The first pot is very strong, the second less, and the third very mild. Served along with the coffee is lightly sweetened popcorn. While all of this is happening, everyone is visiting and enjoying being together. Even though I don't care for coffee, I enjoyed the coffee ceremonies!

While at the coffee ceremonies, we met Birtukan and Nesibu's four children who sang songs for us. It was adorable!

Afterwards I took a nap and then ended up sick to my stomach, so I stayed in bed for the rest of the evening.

Here's a picture of the ceremony set-up. You can see the coffee beans roasting, the incense burning, and the popcorn ready to be passed around.

This is Nesibu and Birtukan--two very hard workers who love the Lord and have a passion for caring for orphans.

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