My connection at Dulles went off without a hitch. I took the shuttle to my terminal and found the gate for Ethiopian Airlines. I wasn’t there long before I ran into my friend Mark Hollingsworth from Compasssion International; the leader of our trip. Soon , the rest of the team of other radio people started showing up from their various locations. We quickly began to get to know each other and joke around. This will be such an experience to have together. There are several of us that are new at this.
While we waited for the last few radio people to arrive, we sat around, looked at a map of Ethiopia and talked about the upcoming trip. Soon after that we had dinner and boarded the plane for our 14 hour flight! The descent and departure in and out of Rome (our fuel stop) was beautiful. I peeked out the window every once in a while to see mainly water or dessert. I was able to see the sun set as we made our descent into Addis Ababa and it looked like the sky was on fire! So gorgeous…thank you Lord! I can’t believe I’m across the world!
The airport experience and drive from there to the hotel we are staying at was already eye opening and definitely affected me. I am looking forward to seeing the hope and the provision that Compassion is providing to so many (and through many of you!) and I know that they can provide for so many more like those I saw today! It will be great to hear the first hand accounts from the children and families.
Looking forward to sharing more of my experiences with you in pictures and reports.
-Experiencing Compassion in Ethiopia