Shining A Light on the Dark Continent

Category Archives: Eastern Africa

A Man of Peace

Dave met with Eyassu Ato for the second time in February 2011. Eyassu is the owner of the Paradise Lodge in Arba Minch, Ethiopia. Dave had dinner with Eyassu and two other men — the senior judge in the Gamo region and the head of the Ethiopian Department of Trade and Industry. These men gathered toContinue Reading

Making Connections in Ethiopia

Part of Dave’s job included making connections with local religious leaders. On New Year’s Day 2011, he was in Arba Minch, Ethiopia. As he got off the plane, he learned he already had three commitments for that evening. “Not knowing what I was walking into, like in Awasa, I came prepared for anything,” he said.Continue Reading

She’s a Real Girl

  Meeting Medina brings the home reality of how our daughters helped Surreal is the word that comes to mind when Dave thinks about meeting Medina. “I know many of the sponsored children view their sponsors as a sort of Santa Claus. Well, for this sponsor, Medina became real when I met her and herContinue Reading

Dave Spots Medina for the First Time

Dave spotted Medina in a red dress and her mother, Termima, all in white as soon as the car pulled into the Compassion International site in Addis Alem, Ethiopia. Medina had bouquets of roses for each of our daughters, her Compassion sponsors. Of course, Dave couldn’t get them to the girls, but he took pictures toContinue Reading

Ambassador Booth Understands Need for Religious Engagement

People in the U.S. don’t seem to understand how many of the issues in the Middle East and Africa are tribal and/or religious issues for the most part. In March 2011, Dave met with then U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald Booth. Ambassador Booth understands after several postings around Africa. “He, too, understands how much influenceContinue Reading