My Time In Ethiopia
It’s been just about ten days now spent here in Ethiopia, and each new day brings such unique challenges and blessings. Seeing God’s work in abundance in this beautiful country is truly a remarkable experience that is sure to leave a lasting impact on each and every one of us.
As the days go by, we are becoming more and more immersed in the Ethiopian culture (although it’s hard not to stick out when traveling in a group of 30 white people). Enjoying the food and people is something that comes quite easily, even though learning the language has proven to be a more daunting task – but one that is deeply satisfying when it enables us to connect with the locals. It is amazing the vast differences between the North American and African cultures, and equally as amazing when those “boundaries” seem to vanish when it comes to brothers and sisters in Christ, and a shared passion for the beautiful game of soccer.
Some of the things that we have done personally that stick out to me thus far are playing games against local teams and running camps for kids. Using the universal language of sport to break down barriers and connect with the kids is something that is unparalleled, especially seeing their pure joy which makes it all so worth it. Being able to compete against Ethiopian teams and to connect with them after their game is another opportunity that I relish. Battling with them on the pitch for 90 minutes, then putting our differences aside in order to build relationships and share our faith is an unforgettable experiences, not to mention representing Canada.
A few challenges I’ve faced on the trip is integrating sport and my faith more specifically playing to glorify God and focusing on Him all while settling a Godly example during games. Secondly, I have been challenged to focus on my personal relationship with God, and how to be missional at home, not just abroad.
Lastly, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my teammates. Coming from different places and backgrounds, we are united by our love for soccer, God, each other, and for others. The endless support and unity within the team has really added to the experience, and I consider myself truly blessed to be able to serve the Lord with such amazing group of people.
That’s all for now! See you soon Canada, eh!