Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ethiopia at Last

Ethiopia at Last

I'm here, on the ground, in the country, VISA and entrance stamps to prove it... this is Ethiopia. It took me 64 hours of travel to get here, too many of which were spent arguing with airline personnel. I ended up flying through Kuwait and having to purchase a one-way ticket from Kuwait to Addis Ababa through Dubai. It was crazy, but I don't have much time right now...

Yesterday was great. I woke up with a fever, diarrhea, and nausea, but I've always contended that the difference between a professional and an amateur photographer is that a professional can shoot no matter how he/she feels. Yesterday I had to prove it. As I lay back in bed after not eating breakfast I pondered how hard it had been to get here and how less than 24 hours of being in the country I was pretty sick (which NEVER happens to me...). I prayed, "Lord, I don't know what you have for me here, but I will give it everything. I won't give up... I'm all in!"

It was a LONG day... but we all felt that way. We got to visit three different orphanage facilities and shoot hundreds of photos for adoptive parents all over the United States. It was awesome. The kids were so cute, and to realize the joy what we were doing would bring to so many people made for a pretty awesome experience.

Here are a few pics from yesterday. Pray for us if you think of it... we've got about 36 more hours here in Ethiopia before beginning the trip home.

Carl and Angel are doing awesome! Titus and Silas are amazing... Such cute kids! It's truly an honor to be with them here in Africa as their lives change forever!

R



6 comments:

Nome said...

Great post Ro! Hope you feel better soon! Looks like the illness didn't effect your shooting TOO much. :-) Praying for you and your friends!

Sarah said...

Praying for you.

Leah said...

Ahhhh, the kiddos are so sweet!

May Jesus, our Healer and Great Physician, give you his abundant strength to do that which He has called you to do today!

Krystal Heath said...

Congratulations on getting sick! You've officially visited Africa! =D

Steph and Mitch T said...

Hi Rowan, I'm glad Angel linked to your blog--I love your pictures!! You may not know me, but you may know my hubby Mitch Theis--he used to teach at St. Cloud Christian School. :) Your whole family is so talented and amazing. Your mom is an inspiration to me. :) Have a safe journey back!

Melissa said...

What you are doing is priceless and amazing...I say that as one of the parents waiting in WI for pictures of our Ethiopian Princess! Thank you for your caring heart! Hope you are feeling better soon and that your return trip is less eventful :)