Photo taken by the author, Kalamalka Lake, BC
“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.”
– Hilaire Belloc
After my mission’s team had left I was able to have an entire week with Ralph. Time spent with him is always an adventure, and you never know what exciting things will come out of it.
Ralph and I spent a good bulk of that week continuing working on the Guest House, interacting with the locals, and making trips back and forth into Addis.
One of the highlights of this week were the conversations Ralph and I had together.
We would talk about everything and anything that came to us.
It was so cool to see the thoughts that would emerge from our minds and the Spirit’s leading.
I looked forward to them and didn’t want them to come to an end.
As a young man, to hear the words of wisdom, advice, and insights gained from an older man (though he is young and wild at heart), was very valuable to me.
These talks were impactful and memorable for me, and were fitting for where I was at in life.
For me to have this one-on-one time with him, was truly a gift from God.
Each of our talks were times of great excitement, learning, and encouragement to me. God used these discussions in a deep way for me, and for this I am thankful.
When Ralph left to go back to Canada, a team from the United States followed, which I had the privilege of spending another week with.
The team was a group of high school students from Orange County, California.
I didn’t know what to expect at first, as this was a group I had never met before and wasn’t sure how it would all go.
But, by God’s grace, I was able to gel quite well with the team and participate in many cool and awesome volunteer opportunities with them.
The best adventure I had with this team was teaching an I.T. course to the grade 8 and 12 students at the local preparatory school.
Being one who loves to teach and having been trained in computers, this was a great opportunity afforded to me.
It was an adventure because, although I had a curriculum prepared for the students, I did not know how quickly the students would catch on or how much I should teach without overwhelming them.
So I just went for it and towards the end of this teaching opportunity, a group of the U.S. team came and joined me, which was a great help.
This was a really positive experience for me, to be able to hone my teaching skills in a completely different culture and people group.
I really enjoyed hanging out with all of them and was quite sad when it came time for me to leave.