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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Little Blue Country

This entry is a part of a series from July 29-August 13. Join me in taking your family on a World Tour Vacation at Home using the Operation World prayer guide.

Ethiopia
Today's pick came from Girl 7. She closed her eyes and panned her index finger across the map which came to rest on Kenya. Then for no apparent reason (but that perhaps the country adjacent was blue) she changed her pick to Ethiopia.
What a rich history this small, land-locked country has! One of the first Christian nations as well as one of the oldest known nations; it is suspected that coffee originated here. Caffeinated beverages are highly valued around here, so that was an exciting tidbit.

We talked about the famines in the 80s and how people helped bring aid to the country, but that now we needed to pray that their own agriculture grows in spite of the fact that the soil is tired after 3000 years of cultivation. A few of us prayed, and then we watched the YouTube video of the "We are the World" song that many artists including Michael Jackson and Kenny Rogers sang to raise money for the suffering people at that time.
Good Intentions
In the beginning of this journey, I expected long, in depth conversations. Now I am finding that short and sweet is best. We seem to learn more, it is fun and it takes the pressure off. Just a thought.

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