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    Gday,

    Yes Im still an Aussie. Though its not hard to forget as you walk down the street and are in the minority and get lots of stares and requests for assistance.

    This is an amazing land and Im loving journeying through it.

    It has and is changing me. Too hard to pinpoint or describe. Many coffees worth of discussion material :-) Indeed there is more benefit for me than from me (not surprising really).

    Have just spent 4 weeks journeying around Ethiopia, so will be sad to leave it. Youll be impressed that Ive been drinking coffee over here :-) it is very tasty and the caffeine hasnt affected me the way it does with coffees in Oz. Ive also enjoyed learning Amharic and eating the local food: the various sauces with the traditional injeras have been lovely :-)

    The next couple of weeks are going to be challenging as we fly to Nairobi this afternoon then head over land and sea via buses, trains, boats and hitching (?) to make our way through Tanzania and Mozambique to get to Malawi where we will link up with long term missionaries there. We cant really help them much in the short time we are there, but we can do some things to enable them to continue ministry and bring encouragement to them.

    Need to run. Take care.

    Chao (an Amharic word, but borrowed I would think) :-)



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    Re: An email from a friend - Ethiopia

    Drinking some Australian grown coffee in Ethiopa would have been a talking point.

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      Re: An email from a friend - Ethiopia

      I was told by a friend who visited Ethiopia that the locals pan roast the beans quite dark and then grind it using a mortar and pestel and then brew it all in the one sitting...
      Glad to see youre taking a lot in from your trip to Africa (not just coffee..)

      A few things I still remember from when I made a short visit to Malawi for work:
      Nairobi airport (on transit to Dubai, no direct flight into Lilongwe or Blantyre) - the concept of queing in one orderly line is non-existent, one transfer counter and as many people stacked on the side as is possible all trying to check in
      Blantyre - the 2 main hotels that I stayed in were very basic but very expensive, the mangoes and strawberries were very cheap and very sweet. Especially the strawberries, they tasted like they had sugar infused in them. The locals I worked with in an equivalent position (techs and engineers) had very little in terms of material possesions, but the joy they had was something I found rare in our society with all its riches.

      Dont underestimate the impact that your short visit can have to the ministries you are visiting. Its not just the actual work that is done but also the more assistance that the long term missionaries get from short term teams and other "visitors", the more credibility they get with the locals and thus the impact.

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        Re: An email from a friend - Ethiopia

        It is not me but a female Eng from work.. She quit and headed off to give something back..

        Full of great intentions but NO experience with the world (out side of Brisbane)... It was great to see that she is gaining and thus in the long run; able to give something more sustainable..

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        • #5
          Re: An email from a friend - Ethiopia

          Awesome stuff guys, this is deep and extremely meaningful.........

          Wish i could it.... God willing, one day I will...

          Ray.

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