Here’s a quick update on our trip to Ethiopia…
After a safe and uneventful flight, Joseph and I arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday morning around 7 a.m. Once we dropped our luggage off at our guest house and changed clothes, we immediately headed out with Brian and Jeanne Boughner to Acacia Village to pick up our little ones. Talk about a whirlwind of a morning!
When Evangelle (or Netsie, as she’s been called by the staff at Acacia Village) made her appearance, she was dressed in a traditional Ethiopian gown with a matching scarf tied around her head. We were overjoyed to take our beautiful girl in our arms once again. Evangelle, on the other hand, was probably just wondering why this strange white lady was staring at her and crying.
The staff provided a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony for us, complete with popcorn (as is the custom), and then we were allowed to visit Evangelle’s room. I took photos of the little wooden beds where she and her buddy Noah have been bunkmates since December. Before we left, one of the nannies prayed and asked God to bless and protect Noah and Evangelle as they left Acacia Village to begin their new lives. We said our thank yous and goodbyes and headed out, grateful this time to be leaving with our precious children.
Both Noah and Evangelle seemed somewhat shell-shocked that first afternoon. Although Evangelle didn’t cry once, she remained quiet, often sucking rather furiously on her tiny thumb. We soon realized that she wasn’t well. In addition to her congested breathing, she was also experiencing major intestinal disturbances. We suspected that giardi, an intestinal parasite which is common in Ethiopia, was the culprit.
After visiting a clinic, we were told that some type of bacteria, not giardia, was to blame, and the doctor prescribed an antibiotic. For Joseph and me, the last few days have been a blur of rapid-fire explosions and frenzied diaper changes. We demolished a pack of 36 diapers in the first 3 days!
Although it has been a stressful and exhausting time for all of us, Joseph and I have been comforted by the fact that Evangelle hasn’t seemed nearly as troubled by her sickness as we have been. By her second day with us, she began to blossom, smiling, laughing, and making lots of funny faces. As of today, it seems her medicine is finally taking effect and we’re relieved to see some slight improvement in her condition.
In just a few hours we’ll pack up and head to the airport for our long flight home. I’m definitely looking forward to returning to the U.S., but a part of me is sad to say goodbye to Ethiopia. This incredibly beautiful and desperately needy country will always hold a special place in my heart. Perhaps we’ll be able to come back again soon.
Thank you for praying for Evangelle’s health and our safety on the way home. My heart is overflowing with praise for God’s goodness to our family!