Burp,  that’s what happens all afternoon when you eat injera  bu’ wat for lunch.  Injera is an unleavened sourdough pancake type bread that is used as a basic in the Ethiopian diet.  They top it with anything and everything.  We topped ours with the “doro wat” which is several pounds of onion which is cooked and cooked and cooked.  They then add spices, butter, eggs, and chicken.  Wow, was it good!  It was a special meal prepared for us by Tura and Almaz Mako.  They are the Ethiopian ministry partners of Frank and Karon Auterson who minister in the village town of Fiche.  

The Autersons picked us up at the airport last night, we slept in a guest home and then left early this morning for the town of Fiche.  A two and half hour drive to the north was filled with scenic views from the highland plateau.  At 8000 – 9000 feet above sea level the air was cool, the fields were ripe and the gorges were beautiful.  Apart from dodging the occasional donkey in the rode and pushing someones taxi van out of the ditch the trip there and back was uneventful.  While in Fiche we relaxed with the Autersons at their home, toured the school they work in, walked to the market and finally dined on the injera bu’wat before coming back to Addis Abba.

Upon arriving back in town we joined all the other BBFI missionaries for a nice relaxing dinner.  It was there that I was able to express to them my deep appreciation for their work of faith, labor of love and their patience of hope ( 1 Thess. 1:3-4).   The dinner was what I hoped it would be.   Everyone had a good time sharing stories and eating good food.  I don’t think we can say “Thank You” too much to the missionaries who represent Christ (and us) in the far corners of this world.   That is why I’m on this trip.  That is why I’m here.  Missionaries need to know that pastors, churches, sending pastors and sending agencies stand with them and are behind them.  They need to know that we care.  They need to know that we are willing to eat injera bu’wat when it is served to them by the nationals they serve with on a daily basis. 


PS:  Karon Auterson reminded me so much of my mother.  Her are the reasons why:  they are both Kansas farm girls, they both attended one room elementary schools, they both attended BBC at the same time, and they both love to serve their guests a meal. 

 MOM – Karon says hello.