It’s hard to believe, but I am at the end of my first two years in Ethiopia. None of this would have been possible without your friendship, encouragement, care packages, email, snail mail, prayers and generous financial support.
I have a deep desire to stay here longer, perhaps until it is time to retire, but the exact amount of time is uncertain at this juncture. I feel as though I have only scratched the surface in many ways–my ability to communicate in Amharic, getting to know our beneficiaries better, learning how to provide excellent care in an under-resourced setting, and coordinating medical teams, just to name a few. We are moving ahead on planting a church here, which will be an exciting future venture that I’d like to be a part of. Our TB Active Case Finding Project is in its infancy and we are finding that it is giving us good relationships within the community and helping to bring health to many people.
When I was preparing to come to Ethiopia, the following quote by Frederick Buechner spoke volumes to me–and still does: “The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” I still have that deep gladness and the desire to meet the deep hunger that our beneficiaries experience in so many spheres of their lives.
Some of you planned to support me for two years only; I am very grateful for your faithfulness in doing that. There is no pressure for you to continue. For those of you who would like to continue your monthly support, it would be helpful to know that.
Thank you for your love and support over the past two years and I look forward to our continuing partnership as I serve here in Ethiopia.