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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I saw what I saw and I can't forget it......

I am home, so happy to be reunited with my precious family, yet torn by my recent trip to Ethiopia. The people, the country, the sights, the smells-- hold so very much of my heart. I am finding it difficult to express with words all that we saw, all that we experienced. Heading 8 hours south of Addis, much of it on dirt roads, was just a journey like no other that I have traveled. The Lord was at every turn, His Presence felt, your prayers were answered and I stand in awe at what He revealed to us there.

I will try to begin processing it on the blog, sharing some of the incredible ways that He went before us, prepared the way, and protected us! The Glimmer team took excellent care of us and I will forever be grateful for all they showed us on this trip. The work that they are doing is simply hard to describe- the impact is felt by 1,000's and 1,000's of Ethiopians across the country. More to come on that for sure..........

The slideshow is long, I cut so much of it already. I wanted a permanent reminder. I won't know if you check out a few minutes in!! :) I simply can't forget all that we saw and am excited to see what the future holds.

I can't wait to see all the pics that Kristin took, it is an intimidating thing to be snapping pics on my little point and shoot next to a pro. She is enjoying time with her family in Holland and will be back later this week. I'm sure once she gets settled, she will have far better images to share!

25 comments:

Misty said...

very cool!! i watched it all Em, thanks for sharing the photos and videos! love the dancing! at the end why were the women on one side and the men on the other? what was going on there? :) love you, thanks for being such an example of Him for the "rest" of us....by being His hands, His feet, showing His love to all.

Erica said...

Amazing. Took me back. Makes my heart yearn to go back again. Love you.

Tymm said...

awesome. thank you for sharing. simply awesome...

Kim said...

amazing. simply amazing.
love & blessings from hong kong,
kim

Jen said...

Beautiful. In a deeper way than I can explain. I look for Bella's aunt or uncle in the faces in the crowd. I look for the little children as a hint of who she would have been. One man looked like Eyasu as a grown man hinting of the man he will become.

The B Family said...

Loved the video. Welcome home. Look forward to reading more about your trip.

Kristin said...

Amazing Job Em! Fun to see things through your eye. Truly we were so privileged to see what we saw . . . and now we stand responsible. Much to process. (And much to edit!!)

Mandy said...

Thanks for sharing that. What an experience!

Rebecca said...

Emily,

Thank you so much for sharing some of your experiences with us. I'm looking forward to hearing more as you process everything!

My husband and I are in the process of adopting our first child from Ethiopia through Gladney (we received CIS approval today!), and I just love seeing the land and people I have already grown to love.

Thanks again,
Rebecca

Susan said...

Rivited the whole time...it's so beautiful there...scenery and people. Know that you're more changed because of each visit. Getting out of the city, I bet, gives more perspective...and knowing that sweet Abey and Eyasu are from those sweet people...wow...much to process, I'm sure.

The Albertsons said...

Oh I miss it so. It's like missing a child. So deeply. thank you so much for offering this glimpse... I'm hanging onto every bit until I can go back...

Deena / TEAM MARQUIS said...

Thank you for sharing pictures from your trip! I loved the entire video...I can't wait to experience some of what you saw - we leave in a couple of days!!! I was especially thankful to see some of the Wolaita region...that is where our little girl is from. So happy you had a great trip - I can't wait to hear more about it. Your love for Ethiopia and it's people is so obvious...thank you for sharing your heart with us and our daughter's homeland.

Lyndsay said...

Emily,
Just Beautiful, the music gave me goosebumps, and the images brought tears to my eyes. Bart and I leave for Ethiopia on Thursday. We are so excited to go share the name of Jesus with many whom have never heard. We just mailed in our first set of paperwork today!
Thank you for sharing,
Lyndsay

Wes and Layla said...

I loved the video and watched the whole thing! I'm going to be working at a hospital in western Ethiopia for a month in the fall and this makes me so excited to go! It looks like you had an amazing time and I can't wait to hear more about your experience!

Heather said...

Amazing. Loved seeing the things you saw. Can't wait to see some of that for myself. So happy for you and can't wait to see what's next.

xo

Jess said...

AMAZING. WOW. Can't wait to hear more!

Cindy said...

Looks amazing!

Lori said...

Emily,
The smallest of glimpses make my heart feel at home. How is it that in the midst of such poverty there is such a richness of spirit, which allows the heart to be fully alive and engaged. I am with you; I cannot move forward from what we saw, where God took us, what He intends for us, and His design for His big "C" church to accomplish in His name for His glory. Just wish He would move us there TOMORROW! Loving that He allowed you to return to the place your heart calls home this side of heaven.
Love,
Lori

jody said...

we used that Sarah Groves song for our church adoption/foster care ministry video-POWERFUL!! I am leaving for Eth in 3 weeks with Ordinary Hero!! can't wait!!

Robyn said...

Our son is from Walayta and I loved seeing the pictures from the southern region as we weren't able to make it down there.

Thank you for sharing!

The Busters said...

I am so glad you didn't cut any more of it because I just loved watching every moment. I long to be there and can't wait until it is our time. I especially loved the photos from the southern region. I just know I will come back to this video and watch it several more times. Thank you for sharing.

Tracy said...

So thankful you were able to go and shine His light!! Amazing that such a beautiful country is wrought with such pain and joy at the same time. My heart is there! Thank you so much for sharing, Em!!

Our Family said...

Emily...welcome home! I am touched by your trip. It looks like we will be traveling for our first trip before the recess in August. Maybe you can give us some tips. Our baby is from Woleito, Soddo...is that where Abe is from as well? Can't wait to hear more about your trip...

Lori said...

Emily,
We can meet whenever you can fit me in. We are fairly flexible. You look at your schedule and let me know. I WILL make it work. I can't wait. Also, did you happen to get the info from Makush on Nati's contact info. Need to set us up for our next trip. What are your dates in October? Genet wants us to work around them. Maybe our trips will cross over a bit???

Abby said...

Wow- can't tell you just how much that makes me want to go back. Looks like an amazing trip(I'm FINALLY catching up on blog reading!) Love your heart Em- now I have to go read up!!

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