Serving from the sunrise

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Addis Ababa at dawn. The Press Compound celebrates every Easter with a sunrise service.

Addis Ababa at dawn. The Press Compound celebrates every Easter with a sunrise service.

We spent most of this last week on vacation, camping in Langano. Knowing that this blog is sort of supposed to report on our ministry activities, we felt we’d spare you the holiday photos – beautiful though the location may be. This leaves us in a somewhat awkward spot, however. What should we report instead?

Visiting Yaba and her family

Visiting Yaba and her family

We could report that there was something of a “busman’s holiday” aspect on one morning, when we visited the wife of a local Langano evangelist we taught in Dilla. Yaba had just given birth two weeks before we arrived, so it was special for us to be among the first people to welcome little Yordanos into the world!  Holidays here often have these little extra bits to them. There are very few locations in Ethiopia, these days, where we are not near people we know (and love).

The report of new life is something rather familiar for Easter too. We’ll not join the David Cameron debate over what Easter actually is, but one thing we will say is that the Easter story is still worth reporting today. Witnessing another baptism in the lake earlier this week, Easter is undoubtedly still good news.

Every Easter, one of our favorite activities each year is creating our own mini-Easter Garden to reenact the story and tell it in a way that our children remember. This year, we created a garden for our fellow campers as well!

Rosie's Easter Garden - complete with withered fig tree, Lord's Supper, Crosses and Folded Grave Clothes!

Returning home, Rosie wanted us to do the Easter Garden again – complete with palm leaves, withered fig tree, Lord’s Supper, crosses and folded grave clothes!

So as we wish you Happy Easter, may we all remember the greatest report of all – He is risen!

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