To dine or not to dine…

I found this little gem sitting lonely in the drafts folder awaiting the world. A little late to live the experience with me as it has been 6 months but I want to share it with you anyway. 

Ethiopian Cuisine Experience

13407160_10153751798403763_7407143980370956148_nA beautiful day was delivered us by Kenya once again. It was delightful. The cool breeze and bright sunshine accompanied natures quiet subtle sounds.

I haven’t been sleeping entirely well waking up about 3am every morning. Most nights or wee hours of the morning I sit myself at the open window and listen to nature and feel the chill outside!

I worked with the tck’s all day and enjoyed all the adult company I had as well. This group of people are fascinating and something akin to superheroes. I am continually in awe of the stories they share and experiences they encounter. The lay their life down daily.

13407274_10153751798518763_3157867526956199558_nLast night our team was graciously treated with a culturally elaborate, traditional Ethiopian meal for dinner. It was most interesting. No one who knows me would believe I participated with as much gusto as I could muster. Let’s just say, those who know me well… This was a real character building moment ha! A stretch and challenge! I did it but once is enough. I am grateful for the experience. Lets dissect this HAND EATING…

injera-This spongy pancake-like flatbread made from fermented tef (a gluten-free grain indigenous to Ethiopia) is fundamental and the base of this dish.
berbere– composed of ground semi-spicy chili peppers (which themselves are called berbere to further confuse) mixed with upwards of 20 individual herbs, spices and ingredients including garlic, cumin, coriander, ginger, and fenugreek.
mitmita-another core spice blend composed of chili peppers (smaller and hotter than berbere), cardamom seed, cloves and salt.
niter kibbeh– a spiced clarified butter similar to Indian ghee

Now as for the other items on the plate… they are scattered about and in no particular order:

  • Maheberawi
  • Shiro
  • Miser Wat
  • Kik Wat
  • fir-fir or fit-fit
  • Awazi
  • Da’ta
  • Yetsom beyaynetu
  • Doro Wat
  • Minchet
  • Gomen Be Sega
  • Gored Gored
  • Some how GOAT goes in there somewhere but I don’t know what they called it!

When we completed our meal many were blessed by the servers in a way that the servers would get a hand full of food and stick it in the eaters mouth… as well as… all washed down with Ethiopian coffee… a full coffee ceremony involves three rounds of coffee that proceed from strong (abol) to medium (tona) to weak (baraka), with the final round considered as bestowing a blessing on the coffee drinker.

What are your thoughts on this mealtime experience?



VERY important posting today…

Here is a link to my fundraising adventure for an upcoming Care strategy trip I will be privileged to experience. I wanted to share the link with you an let you know also on “The Paper Dove” Facebook page there is an event that all the proceeds will go directly to this journey and caring for missionary families.

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A Pace Set for Peace

“Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable” -Holmes

calm-peace-innerpeace1Painful words and discouraging proclamations surround like a fog and make it hard to see what’s before us. This was not the way life was meant to be lived yet we often decide to white knuckle it through versus any other solution.  Maybe the reasoning is we know no other solution but there is always someone around us that know more than we do but that would then require us to be intentionally vulnerable. Could an option for us torelinquish our tight grip and control over our finite lives and consider always to Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23…    Now that we have our control issues out of the way and addressed, we can consider our portion of the race that requires us to be selfless and giving of many aspects of…well us! Jesus doesn’t sit with sitters. Sleep with sleepers. He goes with goers! Too often we mistake busyness for effectiveness. We deceive ourselves into thinking activity equals fruit.

An unpreached gospel is no gospel at all. The gospel must be preached to be heard.

Whatever you do, don’t follow a parked car and don’t follow a parked pastor either. -Bonnke

You can have forgiveness for your biggest sin but you need forgiveness for your smallest sin!  Jesus doesn’t care if you are a big dinner or a small sinner.  He didn’t come to shame sinners but to save them.

If you preach the original gospel you have the original results. -Bonnke

If we do this Holy Spirit will make “our” God developed ministries His chariot. The Father pacecannot confirm what is not stated, spoken… Jesus cannot be what we do not share Him to be…Holy Spirit confirms Jesus not us, not our theology or denomination. If we preach a limited Jesus, will Hus work in you be limited? No one can limit The Father except what we insultingly do not allow in our life. We are guilty of striping our Lord just as he was the crucifixion day.

The less Holy Spirit we have the more cake and coffee we need to keep people in our churches. I’m not against cake and coffee I like both in abundance… But we cannot do this without Holy Spirit. At this point my mind immediately goes to David’s beloved words in Psalm 23:
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.” Living deeply within each soul should be the fires of revival and the waters of stillness. Instead of nice peaceful green pastures it is usually more like hot desperate scorched earth and we see a whole lot less of still waters and a great deal more of flash floods.

I pray for you all and for myself to be contaminated with divine faith.