This word from Greg S. on behalf of the Ethiopia Medical Mission Team came in on Sunday:
The team has landed in Addis Ababa! After a smooth 13-hour non-stop flight on a jumbo Boeing 777, we touched down in Addis at 8 a.m. local time. Most of the team members made it through customs without incident. A few of the more suspicious-looking individuals (including the pastor) had their luggage searched and medications confiscated. The airport staff were very courteous and have assured us that we can reclaim the medications on Monday morning. (Please pray!)
We have settled into a lovely guest home where the staff is treating us like royalty. They have briefed us on the history of their ministry in this beautiful but needy city. They will be providing translators with nursing experience to assist us as we care for patients in the community over the next five days.
It’s 6:30 p.m. now in Addis. We are organizing the medications we brought so that we will be ready to leave first thing in the morning. Once we’re prepared, we will be looking forward to a much-needed night’s rest.
Thanks for sending us and for carrying us in your prayers. We will update you as the week unfolds!
Another brief update came through today (Monday):
Everyone is in good health and spirits but still tired from jet lag. The team set up a clinic today at Covenant Life Church Addis, also known as You Go Church. They saw 90 patients and will go back again tomorrow. They’ve seen a lot of poverty today and are honored to be able to serve these needy people in the name of the Lord. The team is reading and praying through Philippians together.
Prayer requests: discernment for the doctors, strength and continued health for team members, and more opportunities to share about their hope in Christ.
Also, the team members pass on their love to their families!