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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.

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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?

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The Full African Experience. 

  The view from my sickbed put there by a virus that has picked us off rather quickly! I could not have imagined this sickness. I have now been down for more than 24 hours, but I believe soon I will be well. We go on safari tomorrow so health must come quickly! We have had such a productive trip. 

I went to the chemist today for a second check up. My first check up was in proxy. A friend went and talk to the doctor yesterday and he sent medicines. The system here is so different than the states. Pushing fluids. Today I tried Dawa and it wasn’t a pleasure at all… I had hoped it would help. It is a hot drink… Water, lime, ginger, and garlic. Oh. My. It was something, but I finished it.   Otherwise I have been living on apple juice that tastes heavenly and water. Lots of water. 

 

To dine or not to dine…

Ethiopian Cuisine Experience
A 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.

Last 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.  

 

Happy New Year opening from Kenya! 

What a beautiful peaceful closing of 2015 and beginning to a new fresh year of 2016. 

I sat on the porch, after a nap of course, to watch the fireworks and as the clock rolled in January 1.  It was peaceful, chilly, and full of life. Across the way I could see a Bon fire with atleast 100 people roasting things on sticks and in another direction a group of people huddling for fireworks to begin. My favorite part of the evening was the sound of praise ringing through the air from a gathering somewhere in the trees behind my little house. There is such a strong sense of community here, there have been two groups of missionaries gathering and I have watched the other groups children play outside for hours with each other… Many of them meeting for the first time. No one was “bored” or too hot to play outside. For that matter all the children played with sticks and balls and frisbees,  freeze tag, mother may I, wrestling in the grass. 

If I could bring anything back with me as a gift to my home community, it would be how to be a community. It would be a sense of unity and love for one another with a desire to connect. 

Africa is now…and there’s no ice to be found. 

On the compound… You will find peace and lovely surroundings as far as the eye can see. Today was no exception… a calm relaxing breather before the tck’s arrive. This was desperately needed after the challenging adventure also known as navigating international travel. I had the opportunity to walk a long road through beautiful tea fields. The local workers passed our tiny group like we were standing still on the challenging uphill climb. The view at the top was breathtaking, something from a coffee table book.    

   The weather here is perfect, in the shade it’s cool and breezy. The nights are chilly and just right for hot coco, of course I indulge in the delicious Cadbury delightfulness!  

 All of the food both identifiable and unknown has been scrumptious! The tea divine and no complaints here on the bitter lemon soda! I will say so far I haven’t seen a speck of cold drink or ice anywhere; even the fruit smoothies are room temperature. Tomorrow I have determined to discover African ice cream in the form of a milk shake. Let’s see how that goes. 

Our team is wonderful, a small beautiful group of world travellers filled to the brim with innumerable stories and excited to share. 

We hope to make many memories here during this short journey. Building relationships, changing lives, and seeing growth in those we love on and undoubtably in ourselves.  

 
I must take a moment to say a big heartfelt thank you for all of you that played a roll in getting me here! My gratitude grows with each passing day here! I covet your prayers and pray for you all in return… Gods blessings on those who take time to invest in these families by sending me and spending time in prayer for this time period! 

Thank you from the bottom of my overflowing heart. Most appropriately said at Trinity… If I go, you go.