Away to the North!

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In the domestic airport. Free rides from the store clerk.

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Not sure if we stepped in northern Ethiopia or King Richard’s England!

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Royal theater

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Royal dining hall

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Stopping for lunch at Lake Tana on the way north to Gondor

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Walk in the highlands

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If you were wondering, goats are more nimble than Fruechtings

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. . . Maybe not more than this one

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Apple trees!!! All too rare in this country. They’re part of our friends’ SIM project which were visiting.

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How’s that for a view out your front door? (of one our SIM families)

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This is the same mountain from another direction. We’re standing in another SIM family’s front lawn.

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At Lake Tana there are thirty-odd monasteries on the islands of the lake!

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These monastery beams are some 900 years old!

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Summer Guests

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Graduates from our school who have served in S. Sudan for several years

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Our university time pastor, his wife, and the general secretary and spiritual director of the EKHC church.

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A great couple from our church!

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Steve Burchett, pastor in KC and ministers with ccwtoday.org

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Family and Summer

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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.

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Joel relaxing at Langano Lake. The beach was just too far.

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Scenery

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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)

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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!

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Share the road.

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Approaching Gondor, we saw this tree. I thought it looked cool.

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A sign that it’s rainy season.

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Joel’s and Vivian’s friends. Missionary family serving at Lake Langano.

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Another sign it’s rainy season. This is outside the SIM printing press.

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Home with the Lord

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Etagegn. We love and remember you, dear sister.

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Etagegn (middle)

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at left

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Etagegn and Habtamu at right.

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Dining Hall Finished!

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A good picture from when it was almost done.

(sorry the rest of the pictures aren’t all in exact order)

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Dedicating the building to missions.

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Interior rooms.

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Looking into the main hall

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Wabela running the compactor. A local builder lent it to us free of charge.

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Students mixing and moving cement. The whole building is cement (except roof). We did a LOT of this. IMG_0895

Bucket by bucket.

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Our foreman, Tesfaye.

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The earliest stages, digging and pouring footings.

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Friends in Durame

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This sweet family lives just behind the school. Good ol’ people of the land who love Jesus.

 

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Collecting their daily milk from the school cow.

 

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Picking up 2 of students to take to Addis, just after graduation. They’ve been serving in this town for year now and are heading back to their hometown area, which is primarily Muslim and Orthodox.

 

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Our two students at right (Habtamu and Etagegn)

 

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Daniel is our student from 3-4 years ago. His wife graduated this year, AND gave birth to these beautiful twins during field training time.

 

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Two of my favorite students and friends, Ashenafi and Bidru.

 

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I know it doesn’t look great in the photo, but this “dulet” (warmed not cooked) is delicious! It’s a typical breakfast dish. Scrambled eggs on the side. Dulet is essentially ground meat with a few sausage type parts thrown in.

 

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The theological college next door was doing agriculture work after our class let out (I taught evangelism and discipleship to our students and theirs all together).

 

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All our degree students received ESV Study Bibles in honor of Charles Bascom, a dear man of God who loved God’s Word, missions, and Ethiopia.

 

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Since this gal graduated, we loaded their household goods on top of our Land Cruiser and took them to this new location where they will work to plant churches. IMG_2528

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One church team brought numerous books and clothes items for our students which they are eagerly waiting for.

 

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Our diploma students received Amharic NIV Study Bibles.

 

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Setting out clothes and books for all the students.

 

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We stop here often for a coffee break on the drive to Durame. A beautiful take on traditional Ethiopian decor.

 

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Thank you Grace Baptist Church for all your support for us and for the Ethiopian church in missions!!!

 

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I always buy apples when I can from this local farmer near the Durame school.

 

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The orchard

 

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Spring break to Durame

During the kids spring break we went to Durame to teach one course

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4 sweet sisters. Notice the basket–these are chickens they are raising to sell for Easter

 

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Late afternoon play time

 

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The new dining hall is almost finished. We officially moved out of the building we shared with the school next door for several years, into our own. There was an hour of singing, praying, dancing, and coffee.

 

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Beautiful work!

 

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Pit stop on the road from Durame to Addis. I took this picture because I think this is THE best coffee I can find in Ethiopia.

 

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These pictures is actually from a couple months ago of work on the new dining hall.

 

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We had a thanks and prayer program that night.

 

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Many church elders and the school board (area church elders) came

 

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Our student Medhin made this memorial challenging readers to take up the call to missions just as God has done so much to bring the Gospel to this area by the hand of his servants.

 

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The man on the left is Tesfaye, the faithful and hardworking foreman who practically-speaking made this whole project come to fruition. He stood on the job morning to night and not one step escaped his careful oversight. We thank God for such an encouraging example of faithfuless.

And we also thank God for some friends who so generously gave the money needed for this project.

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Springtime family pics

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Occasionally Joel gets absorbed in something indoors. 98% of the time he’s finding a way to sneak outside.

 

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Lunch break from building a table with Daddy

 

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Science project presentations at school

 

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13 years and by God’s grace growing in love every year!

 

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Chores

 

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Making cookies with our down country friends

 

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I’ve been carrying wood to the woodshop. This little guy is getting the idea (although shoes might keep the pajamas in better shape, or at least less of a mess)

 

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Spring music concert

 

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Easter at the SIM compound

 

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The Easter chefs

 

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We found a rat in our storehouse. So we locked ourselves in with it and didn’t come out until victory was secured.

 

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Apple pie!!! I’m pretty sure I need to eat more of this. If only we had some more apples in this country . . .

 

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Trying to help our Danish friends appreciate American culture (apple pie that is!)

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Family in March

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Hudson and Joel looking at photo album

 

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Celebrating a b-day with our Finnish friends. Candles are just mean more in Ethiopia!

 

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The boys at church.

 

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Ok, homeschool reading time is just better.

 

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Our little gardener

 

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Warm frothed milk is Joel’s favorite, although he calls it his “buna” (“coffee” in Amharic)

 

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Sunrise at the SIM compound at Lake Babogaya

 

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Lake Babogaya from the SIM lodge.

 

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Swimming pool near Lake Babogaya. A great find! Complete with 1, 2, 3 meter spring boards and 5, 7, and 10 meter platform boards!

 

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The kids are quoting their Bible verses at a homeschool retreat.

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December Family Miscellanies

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Joel interrupts our Clue game. Having finished his snack, he crawled on the table to grab the tiny gun and shoot each of us, “Bang!”.

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Thanksgiving at our compound. Looks a bit more like a church picnic, eh?

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Reading

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Vivian and a friend doing nails

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I know it’s hard to see, but many times when we finish working outside, the students break out into Christian songs and chants from their local areas. It’s always fun.

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Students receiving copies of several theology books. O happy day!

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I had a couple interesting foods this last week. This one takes the wedding cake. It’s roasted barley, ground to a powder, then spiced butter is mixed in. They only have it in the days leading up a wedding. It breaks off like very soft limestone or chalk.

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A bread made from the pulp of the false banana tree.

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At a pre-wedding party. I’d met the man only once, but because he is the brother of our school secretary, we’re culturally obligated to go. We went two nights in a row. I went to share a devotion and pray the first night. There were only 5 people including the bridegroom. No bride. The bridegroom left during the program. A new experience for me. And a bit perplexing. The second night (above pic) there were 35 or so people–neighbors and friends.

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Joel at the doc’s office (it was a good setting for a pic!)

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Feeding the compound tortoise. His favorite seems to be tomatoes, though most all fruit and veggie scraps are well received.

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This Xmas tree almost cost me 5 years in jail! I cut 3 branches off trees in Durame, tied them to the roof of the LandCruiser and brought them back home. About 1/2 hour out, I was stopped by the police and informed that this is now a 5 year jail term because all cedar belongs to the Ethiopian government. I was very apologetic and he eventually told me, “Hurry up and get home; and don’t do it a second time!”

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The living room. Stockings over the fireplace.

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