Our Mission in Ethiopia

Saturday, September 7, 2013

We met the owners of the home we are going to rent in Debre Zeyit.  He is a doctor and they have lived in Sweden for the past 23 years.  They are both Ethiopian. They are just visiting here and trying to get their home finished.  They built it as a vacation home since they both have family here in the area. But their young adult children don't want to come here so they have decided to rent it. (Lucky for us!)
They have no car here so we drove them to Debre Zeyit yesterday to see the house.  (The traffic was SO awful it took 2 1/2 hours to get there and FOUR hours to get home!?!?!?  Broken down buses, stalled cars, accidents, etc....!!!)  : /

We took some photos at the house, measured some walls, etc... I will post a few photos...

This is the home we are going to rent! They were just
putting in the concrete for our driveway...

Here is part of the kitchen.  Every home is built with
servants' quarters in back ~ 3 or 4 rooms side by side.
These will of course be empty! : D

Our front door

This is the "round" room on the left as
you face the house.  It has a

This is the view from the balcony off our bedroom.
This "park" is right across the street from our front door!
It is a nice QUIET neighborhood.
       Our master bathroom

This is the window on the stairway.
The glass is etched with cool pictures.
This shows the patio off of the living room
and the balcony off our bedroom upstairs.


  1. Joyce,

    That looks like a super-nice house! I don't think I've been in a house that night in Ethiopia. Is there going to be a washer and drying for you guys, so do you used the deck for drying clothes?

  2. It really is nice. It's 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with a nice big living room/dining room and kitchen.
    The washer will go in the downstairs bathroom next to the kitchen. It's pretty small with a sink and a toilet in there, but the Preators have their washing machine outside and MANY homes we looked at did too. No dryers around here at all! Clothes are hanging on the line everywhere you look!!

  3. I am so happy you found home! I have been praying that you would find a comfortable, safe, home to rent and it looks like you did! I love reading your blog!