Our Mission in Ethiopia

Sunday, December 28, 2014

On Sunday, Dec. 28th,  we had Ashebir's family over for dinner, since they treated us and Jon and Emily to a special meal the Sunday they were here visiting us.  Cute Nebyat (4) and Grant (10) loved the "smashed potatoes" and chicken gravy and the strawberry/ banana jello!

After dinner, we went to a birthday party for 
Wongelawit Efrem who turned 3.

Wongie in her birthday mask...

and after she took it off.

Edelawit, Nebyat and Wongelawit

Three buddies ~ Euale and twins,  Feraol and Naol

Efrem with his birthday girl

The birthday cake and goodies

Melkam Ledet Wongelawit Efrem
(When the candle flower was lit, it opened up!)

Friends at the party

We celebrated Christmas Day on Monday, Dec. 22nd, our elders' P-day.  That was the instruction from our mission president.    We also had them over for a quick waffle breakfast on Christmas morning to welcome Elder Napier, as we do each transfer for our new elder.

I found this picture of an African Christmas tree made with bananas.

Our Christmas corner with nativities from Ethiopia,
Uganda and Rwanda 

Christmas dinner with our elders 

I FORGOT to take pictures when the elders opened their presents,
etc… but here they are watching THE LEGO MOVIE after
Christmas dinner on P-day (Dec. 22).

Breakfast Christmas morning before we started our regular
missionary work that day.  The elders LOVE to take "selfless"
with my iPad!! : /

A common sight…. Elder Wold sharing great things he finds
online with the elders in our office….

On Tuesday, Dec. 23rd, our Seminary girls (M-F class)
had a surprise birthday party for me before class!

That night, Awetash, the elders' landlady, had us all over
for dinner at her house for Christmas.

The cake cracked us up!

Dinner with Awetash

At about 4:00 a.m. Christmas morning a big bus 
and a "red terror" truck hit head-on and 6 people were killed!
It happened right in front of the driveway to our church. 

The high school students at lunchtime in front of the church,
taken from our upstairs window.

Our cute elders gave us a gift (from Santa they said)
on Dec. 26th with things from their OWN Christmas packages! 

On Friday, Dec. 26th, Belaynesh showed me how 
to make enjera at her home.

My first one had a few holes….

But my second one came our pretty good!

The enjera oven

Sunday, December 21, 2014

On Thursday, we drove two more hours to see the tree-climbing lions….

We saw baboons….

more kob….

and MORE job...

There we were out in the middle of nowhere going to
a game drive…. and there is a Coke Zero truck in 
front of us!?!

The scenery was GORGEOUS!!


One of MANY thorny acacia trees

Our guides for the tree-climbing lions
We had four hardbody trucks and a van 
transporting us.

The Elders ~ Moses, Liebel, Wold, Hannan, Squire, Wallace, 
Johnson, Chabra, Palmer, Eklund, Story and Hansen with our guides

Bad photo of us but behind us across the creek
is the DR Congo!!

The Sisters ~ Squire, Moses, Chatfield, Wold, Chabra, Hannan, Wallace, 
Story, Palmer, Johnson, Eklund and Hansen

Tree-climbing lions

Three lions in one tree!

We got the following photos from Elder Wallace, who had a SUPER
good camera and got some GREAT close-up shots!!

This is "George" the elephant.  He came RIGHT UP 
to the cabins where we were staying and was shaking
the trees in the parking lot!!

At our Christmas Party at Mweya the last night, we did a live nativity and sang Christmas carols
together with ALL the senior couples.  It was AWESOME!!  There was a VERY special spirit 
in the room and all the employees came in to listen to us.  Many had tears and so did I!

More baboons

One night at dinner at the lodge,
these mongoose were all around our tables!

On our way out of the park, this elephant was right
by the road, eating something…. We drove up behind
him and didn't think he saw us, but he turned around
suddenly and started toward MY open window!! 
( I got it on video!!)

On the way back to Kampala, we crossed over
the equator!  Had to get a picture!


We got home and went to the mission home for dinner and
watched the mission DVD for 2014.

On Saturday, for our anniversary lunch, the Hannans
took us to KFC in Kampala.  YUM!!  It was the 
BEST chicken we've had in 16 1/2 months!

The friendly girls who waited on us

Two sisters eating next to us

A life-size dancing, sax playing Santa was in the mall

Also a real LIVE Santa…. but what's wrong
with his beard!?

After our photo with Santa and the Hannans, Sis. Hannan
showed him how the beard is really supposed to be! Haha!

We picked up the Johnsons at the mission office
Here is Sis. Chatfield at her desk….

Good-bye Kampala for the last time…..