Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Home Place"

Over forty years ago David's parents spent three years living, learning and serving in Ethiopia.
 David was born in Addis Ababa and spent the first two plus years of his life there.  Following a revolution in the country in 1973 they were unable to return and so ended a work and a mission that was very dear to their hearts. 

For years David has had a hankering to visit the land of his birth and this May the dream became a reality.  Interestingly enough, our Ugandan colleagues were enthusiastically approving.  "Of course, you must go a visit your home people."  On May 5th David and his Dad stepped back on Ethiopian soil for the first time in 42 years. We spent the next two weeks exploring this fascinating country at first on our own and then with another couple and our Ethiopian host who had also served with the mission.
During the first part of the trip we were tourists; at times an unsettling experience since we have become comfortable knowing what a Ugandan shilling is worth, how much one should pay for transport, and how to greet appropriately.  Now we had to learn how to do these simple things all over again in a new country.  To save time we decided to do several internal flights and so in the next post I'll share some of our adventures during that first week.  Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. I love these terms 'home place' and 'home people', the recognition that despite the absence of many years Ethiopia is still part of what has shaped David's life.