It takes 16 hours to fly from North Carolina to Ethiopia’s capital city and then another 16 hours to travel by Land Rover to the southern villages where Jason works. Outside of the city the roads are rough dirt and full of potholes, people, and animals. He said that honking is an acceptable means of asking people to watch out!
Ethiopia is the only African county that was never colonized. Because of that, and because an Ethiopian man visited with Paul in the Bible and there were early Christian settlements there, Ethiopia is quite friendly to foreign missionaries. It is not the only faith there, however; another popular one being Islam.
Jason brought along a laptop and showed us pictures and videos of his travels. Despite the extreme dryness, the landscape was very green and beautiful.
He brought a favorite Ethiopian snack, too: /fond-i-shaa./ (No idea how to spell that – but that’s my phonetic version.) Popcorn!
My Little Man is excited about his popcorn. He’s also been telling everyone about the bumpy roads and grassy houses of “Indotheopia.” I’m sure he’ll figure out the name soon.
I hear that there’s an Ethiopian restaurant in Raleigh. Maybe one of these days we’ll venture down and try something new!
I didn’t realize I had so many preconceived notions about Ethiopia until I heard Jason speak. It sounds like a beautiful, friendly, wild, hardworking nation.
What nation would you like to learn more about??