This post is just because we are so happy to be able to hike and play outside, something we’ve missed terribly outside the US!
We routed our itinerary through Boston so we could see the grandparents . . . and the beach!
Somehow kids don’t feel the chill of the Northwest’s ocean waters!
Or maybe their activeness keeps them warm.
We’ve been promising the kids for a few years now that we could get a dog. Only it turned out that it was going to be a bad idea in our locations in Ethiopia. So now, here she is–Henrietta.
Hiking near Saint Joseph
And I (Jeremy) visited my homeland–western KS. A sweet familiar face!
Joel sometimes carries stuff on his head as in Ethiopia (notice the Ugandan painting in the background too!).
“Where the buffalo roam . . .”
The boys and I have taken up jiu jitsu for our sport / exercise this year.
A rare shot with both boys in the frame and on top of their classmates!
At the Wichita DQ (owned by a family member–doubly sweet)
Countryside Bible Church of Meade, KS has been faithfully supporting missionaries since it was built by a bunch of homesteaders over 100 years ago. We were privileged to participate in and speak at their Harvest Missions Conference in October.
We always get to see dear friends who’ve meant a lot to us. Here’s Joel with my old youth group leader (and later boss for a summer on harvest crew).
Exploring the prairies.
While the women had a tea, the men had a trap shoot and grilled out.
The boys get a chance to shoot .22s and BB guns when we go out here.
And we get to see legit KS sunsets every morning.
My childhood home.
This snake was a bit freaky. He was bobbing and weaving and even striking at fingers held near the glass.
And this rascal spooked us several times in the walk through rain forest. He moved and darted around a bit like “Doc” on the old Back to the Future movies.
Costume day. Meet Julius Caesar.
Raking leaves at Grandpa’s with the cousins.
Our first stop in CO was a debriefing conference in CO Springs
Missionary life brings a LOT of unique losses and gains, struggles and joys. We spent a week with other missionaries and counselors debriefing this last term. It was a VERY helpful week for us and our family.
We made a few new friends at the debriefing. Vivian fell right in with another midwest farming family who had several girls… “Can we go to Zambia?”
Then we were able to connect with old friends and supporters over the weekend.
And finally on to the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. It was windy, but warm enough in the afternoons to play outside and hike.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park candy shop
YMCA of the Rockies
First snow for this guy!!! Our last day we finally got several inches of snow to play in.
And home again.
I participated in an ESL training put on for the Bible colleges of the EKHC denomination.
Some of the Ethiopians we work with. The left and middle men are in the missions office in Addis Ababa with the EKHC, coordinating the sending of the EKHC missionaries internationally. The man on the right is a graduate of our school serving in Kenya.
The “Mekihima” 25th Anniversary. I spoke briefly at this event for SIM. These Bible study fellowships have spread all over the EKHC; they are part of the normal church life of thousands of churches. May the Lord increase it!
The main workers of the Mekihima Bible studies.
The second man from the left, Worku, works with SIM to help send Ethiopian missionaries outside Ethiopia. The man on the right, Samuel, (name changed) works in a country near India where they have been serving for 7 years now. His little rural church is a VERY missions-minded church. There are currently three of their church members at our mission school; these three have already been very faithful and fruitful on the mission field already!
Rebecca and one of our graduate’s family. We visited their ministry site and preached at their new church plant.
The new and growing church.
You’ll notice we have on warmer clothes. The summer rainy season can be chilly.
The ibises are landing!
Friends on the compound
Collision with little brother. It probably hairline cracked something. Our neighbor docs told us there’s little to do for it though.
Final meal at a favorite restaurant for injera and tibs (Ethiopian bread and fajita like meat)
Rainy day play time
Almost every evening needed a fire to take the edge off the chill in the house
Some aren’t too bothered by the rain.
Sleep . . .
In the domestic airport. Free rides from the store clerk.
Not sure if we stepped in northern Ethiopia or King Richard’s England!
Royal dining hall
Stopping for lunch at Lake Tana on the way north to Gondor
Is this a Lord of the Rings elf or northern Ethiopia’s shepherd boys’ dress?
Walk in the highlands
If you were wondering, goats are more nimble than Fruechtings
. . . Maybe not more than this one
Apple trees!!! All too rare in this country. They’re part of our friends’ SIM project which were visiting.
How’s that for a view out your front door? (of one our SIM families)
This is the same mountain from another direction. We’re standing in another SIM family’s front lawn.
At Lake Tana there are thirty-odd monasteries on the islands of the lake!
These monastery beams are some 900 years old!
Graduates from our school who have served in S. Sudan for several years
Our university time pastor, his wife, and the general secretary and spiritual director of the EKHC church.
A great couple from our church!
Steve Burchett, pastor in KC and ministers with ccwtoday.org
Morning and evening routine in the summer (the rainy and cold season here) includes making a fire to take the edge off the chilly house. It’s not bad though. Don’t think Kansas cold.
Joel relaxing at Langano Lake. The beach was just too far.
Vivian and Bob and Lynn serving our students at our final farewell meal (for them leaving the school to go the field training sites for 9 months)
On the drive to Durame is one stone church, like the stone churches of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia. It was built in the same time period, but in the middle of southern Ethiopia, several hundred miles away!
Share the road.
Approaching Gondor, we saw this tree. I thought it looked cool.
A sign that it’s rainy season.
Joel’s and Vivian’s friends. Missionary family serving at Lake Langano.
Another sign it’s rainy season. This is outside the SIM printing press.
Etagegn. We love and remember you, dear sister.
Etagegn and Habtamu at right.
A good picture from when it was almost done.
(sorry the rest of the pictures aren’t all in exact order)
Dedicating the building to missions.
Looking into the main hall
Wabela running the compactor. A local builder lent it to us free of charge.
Students mixing and moving cement. The whole building is cement (except roof). We did a LOT of this.
Bucket by bucket.
Our foreman, Tesfaye.
The earliest stages, digging and pouring footings.