.Henok {Repost}.

His shivers racked his rail thin body, his teeth violently chattering against one another, causing his head to pound and his jaw to ache. Henok curled his small body tighter to the body of his best friend, Abal, who slept closest to him, feeling the trembling from his friend’s body as well. He pulled at […]

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.Our Year from the Inside Out {Part 2}.

At the one-year anniversary of our time here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we thought it would be fun to review our journey through the lens of the popular Pixar movie, Inside Out. If you missed part one, you can find it here. If you are not familiar with the movie, I will outline the basic […]

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.Breathe In, Breathe Out.

I sat down at a local Starbucks and looked up, the scene was so different from where I had found myself for the past 8 months. I had to make an emergency trip to America and found some time between it all to sneak in some meetings with my Pastor. I had seen him the […]

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.Our Year from the Inside Out {Part 1}.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of our time here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has been a very emotional year, one that has seen mountaintop experiences and deep valley encounters. So, to try and help others understand the rollercoaster of emotions the past year has presented, I thought it would be fun to do […]

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.My Journey with Jesus.

I got the text Friday morning, “Meet me where the raw meat hangs in Bisrat Gabriel across from Negash.” It was my mentor, a twenty-plus year missionary who has done it all here in Ethiopia. Secret Professor in an underground seminary when Christianity was banned in Ethiopia, check; Administrator of a huge organization, check; Cambridge […]

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Mercy Branch News

It has been an exhilarating time here in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. The culture has been brimming with excitement of the New Year (Ethiopia is not on the same calendar as America). We have had Doro Wat (A spicy chicken stew, the national dish of Ethiopia), sang songs, and enjoyed spending time with our neighbors. It […]

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.Owning Our Mistakes.

I could reference a host of blogs and articles and past experience to tell you why we are here, in the US right now. I could point to ways in which we are far ahead of the curve, and ways in which we are vastly behind. There are people saying it costs $150,00-$250,000 and three […]

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.Purse Strings and Heartstrings.

Jesus had this incredible way of cutting straight to the point. He would say just a few words, maybe a little story, and cut straight through our excuses, and philosophies, our distractions, and get right to the point He was striving to make. It is a quality I am fascinated by. In Matthew 6, Jesus […]

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.My Village.

I don’t know when I first realized how badly I needed it, or how intensely my soul longed for it. But I know when I realized I did not have it. My story is not one in which I turned from shocking sin to intense, unrelenting devotion to God. No, my story is one of […]

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