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Alexandria Covenant Church Travels


Alexandria Covenant Church Travels

Ethiopia

May 10-22, 2019 - Project Mercy, Yetebon, Ethiopia 
Nine individuals helping with medical care (dental and nurse/emergency care training), Kindergarten teacher training, building projects, health screening and Toms Shoe distribution.

  • Packed Up and Ready to Go

    Brian FarkaWe had our last dinner together in Yetebon and had some time reflecting on the new friends we’ve met and the things we’ve experienced. Our bags are packed, making sure they are within the weight limits as we’re packing in some great smelling Ethiopian coffee. Tomorrow we will leave after breakfast, spend some time in Addis at a couple of markets, eat a final dinner together and begin the long process of immigration and security to catch our 10:15 pm flight home.   Read More...

  • Sunday

    Tom JohnsonAfter a day and a half of not feeling well, it made me think of Biblical times, where the people did not have running water or electricity. I’m sure they went through the same things I went through, yet endured, because they didn’t know anything different. I have been very busy in the dental clinic this past week.   Read More...

  • Saturday

    Sydney OettelToday some of the group went on a hike, which proved to be very challenging while the rest stayed at the compound and had a resting day. It took us about two hours to get to our destination which had a waterfall at it. At the waterfall some of the kids played in the water and we had some lunch.   Read More...

  • New Mercies

    Joyce FarkaWe’ve had another full day of activities, although we often find ourselves waiting for people, supplies, or directions for the next thing. A simple text or phone call is not an option, and then we have to walk everywhere. Especially when someone walks away with the keys needed somewhere else.   Read More...

  • Eye Opening Experience

    Dan SniderFrom the moment we landed, I continue to see and learn things every day. I had heard that things were pretty rough over here. I know that Brian and Katie tried to prepare us, but nothing could have prepared me for the sights, smells, and feels for this place.   Read More...

  • Soda

    Jamie EdenloffToday was business as usual, well Ethiopia usual! Most of us walked to where we are working on our various projects. I work with Dan and Brian, Brian was not feeling well today so Dan and I tag teamed replacing a couple of door locks along with some light bulbs.   Read More...

  • The Water is On!

    Scott Edenloff Something we all take for granted is having access to running water pretty much everywhere we go. Here in Yetebon it is definitely not taken for granted and is a valuable resource. We have had intermittent water availability accompanied with intermittent power outages.   Read More...

  • It's Time to Get to Work

    Megan RaschkaToday was our first full day at Project Mercy. We woke up a little earlier so that we could eat breakfast and still have time to catch the bus to the hospital. While eating breakfast we got to watch the school kids lining up to do their flag ceremony and sing their national anthem, which they do each morning.   Read More...

  • From the Homeless to the Famous and in Between

    Jennifer MartinsonMy current favorite in worship music is, “For the One” by Jenn Johnson. Lyrics say, “Oh how you love us, from the homeless to the famous and in between. You formed us, and you made us carefully.   Read More...

  • We've Landed!!!!

    Brian FarkaWe've arrived in Ethiopia.  Dan set a stopwatch when he left his house on Friday.  30 hours exactly to touchdown in Addis Ababa.   Read More...

  • Meet our Ethiopia Team

    Brian FarkaThis morning, at the airport, for the first time our whole team met face to face.  We have team members from Alexandria, La Crosse, WI and Lakeville, MN.  Sydney had a bit of a surprise this morning.   Read More...

  • I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane

    Brian FarkaThat song has been going through my head all day, especially the lyrics, "My bags are packed, I'm ready to go"!  The last several days have been spent packing and repacking our bags to try to get all our supplies and tools organized.  We've packed and will be transporting over 1200 pounds of clothing, tools, medical supplies, and teaching supplies, whew!!Tomorrow, Friday, we leave from church at 7:30 am and meet the rest of our team at the Minneapolis airport.   Read More...

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