Saying a Half Goodbye

We moved to Addis on May 12 (though we’re continuing ministry with the EKSM). It was a hard day. Many can’t understand that we intend to continue ministry, so many wept as if we were never coming back. “If you’re not leaving us, why are you loading your stuff?” At least three people that I saw on Monday were shocked to see me, “I thought you left!” I try to reassure them as best I can. 🙂

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Hudson and Emmett loading.

Jeremy and four students talking. We tried to prep them the last couple weeks, but when the moving truck showed up, they were still shocked. This was a tearful moment for all of us.

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Jeremy, Bejiga (our guard–in blue), our school guards

Vail, Hudson, Emmett

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Waiting for a second small truck (both were small)

Yes, goodbyes are for chickens too

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The school slaughtered a goat for us, the biggest feast that someone in this culture can offer. Hudson loved the dulet, chopped meat, intestines, and other parts. When Vivian told him what it was, he stopped suddenly and stared at it for several seconds. Looking up, he said, “I still like it!”

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Almaz (the driver’s wife), Rebecca, Aster (the Academic Dean’s wife), Amaru (our househelper)

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Pictures with our students

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