The team arrived safely in Yetebon at Project Mercy several days ago, but due to some technical difficulties are just now getting their internet up and working. Here is an addition to their travel post from a few days ago by Kathy. They love reading your comments, encouraging words, and updates from home. They print them off each morning (as internet allows) and read to the team during breakfast. Leave a note in the comment section of a post to send a message to the team!
After our crazy first day of travel adventures (except for Devin and Cherry who took the easy-no hassle flights!) we wanted to share a quick update on our flight and entry into Ethiopia, which went as perfectly as possible. Our Ethiopia Air flight is 12+ hours so we flew basically 10am – 1030pm only it was 730am Ethiopia time on Saturday when we arrived (9 hour time change ahead) so much of our peeks out the window to get our first ‘glimpses’ of Africa were hidden under the dark cloak of night. Customs, which can be very difficult, was seamless. We had 32 bags of luggage and over 16 pieces of carry on luggage – all of which is scanned on entry. ONE carry on was pulled aside, opened, and the traveler questioned. Everything else was scanned without concern and several of us, when asked if we were Americans, were ushered around the scanning machines and out through the doors. U.N.B.E.L.E.I.V.A.B.L.E. We know that many of you were praying that our medical supplies would not be taken and we stood in amazement that all went so smoothly. Thanks for the prayers – we are awed. One piece of medical equipment did get damaged en route, and we do have one piece of luggage that somehow is AWOL between the airport/hotel/arrival at Project Mercy. We have some very concerned drivers and hotel staff trying to locate it for us.