February 8, 2018

Abenezer Receiving Us Graciously

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This blog was written by Learning Leader Elco Vandergrift who is working alongside co-leader Rudy deGroot with Ethiopian educators as part of the Living and Leading the Biblical Story in Christian Schools Walking Together project.

Today Rudy deGroot and I were graciously received by our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia. We visited 2 schools in the city of Addis Abbaba: Bole Kalehwot Church School (900 + students) and Deborah School (1500 + students). 

While there would be many items to highlight, one of the things that stands out is the hospitality that was extended to us as visitors. Students from both schools were eager to share with us and open up their rooms to let us in to a small part of their lives. What stands out though is a little grade one student from Bole Kalehwot Church School. Upon my departure he was quite eager to give me a picture he had quickly sketched. It's not clear to me what the picture is, though I do think it's a portrait of me in the midst of himself and his classmates...I think.

In the end, though, it does not really matter. A display of gracious hospitality offered to us from a young Ethiopian...Hard not to be impacted by that. Tomorrow more school visits. 

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