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Category Archives: Djibouti

The Ambassador and The President

On his fifth day in Djibouti, Nov. 16, 2010, Dave went with several other officers from Camp Lemonnier, their base camp in Djibouti, to the Djiboutian Presidential Palace to celebrate the Muslim Holy Day of Eid Al Adha. The holiday celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac. During this trip, Dave met American Embassy officials, including theContinue Reading

Dream or Divine Intervention?

“I had a very interesting dream on my first night in country.  A Middle-Eastern photographer was showing me pictures of my daughters’ weddings. He was offended by other “surprise” presentations that he did not know about and turned to leave.  An angel glowing above my head appeared complete with angelic music after I asked GodContinue Reading


On the drive to Addis Alem, Ethiopia to visit the Compassion International site, I was anxious. I did not know what kind of reception I would get. I was sensitive to perceptions – a white man, driven by an Ethiopian interpreter from the American Embassy, accompanied by an Ethiopian from Compassion International and my NavyContinue Reading