Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have a friend in Ethiopia whom I've not met. Yet.
We talked for awhile; the kids made me coffee on a little charcoal stove. They had me sit in the only chair. When it came time to leave, mom took my hand and blessed me. They hadn't asked for anything, but I gave them what I had. The young fellow walked with me back to the hotel, and promised to pray for me. I left him a business card because he asked if he might email me. He doesn't have a computer or anything for that matter, but his older brother is a student in college some 400 miles away and has occasional access to the web..
A few weeks later, I get a gracious email from the brother. We've been corresponding for awhile now. He's finished his sophomore year in college and doing well. We trade stories and thoughts. We hope to meet sometime soon; he's home for the summer with his mom and siblings, and I may have a trip through Ethiopia in July or August.
So, I have a friend in Ethiopia that I've not met, but he and his family pray for me and mine. What a wonderful world.
UPDATE: JUL '13 - Older brother graduated from college last summer and is now employed in the telecommunications industry; entry level stuff, but exciting. Little brother has graduated from trade school just a few weeks ago; looking for employment. Sweet folks.