Blessed to be in the land of beautiful people – Ethiopia!

What an amazing warm, gracious welcome from Saada and her family. Her brother picked me up from the airport and then gave us his driver for the length of my stay at Hotel Siyonat.

It has been such a healing blessing; being with wonderful people, eating nourishing food (a vegan buffet at the Taitu Hotel!), standing on the very ground where King Menelik II and Queen Taitu fought and won the battle of Adwa, learning how Queen Taitu changed the name of the capital city from Entoto to Addis Ababa (which means “new flower”), as well a more about the traditions at cultural restaurant Yod Abyssinia, and traveling to the countryside, meeting Saada’s father and seeing where she grew up, meeting her husband’s niece (enjoying Ethiopian hospitality at each stop), then on to a spa by Lake Kuriftu was all so magical and Divinely ordered.

There is a City of Refuge Church in Addis Ababa! It feels like home – can’t believe I waited so long to get here!

Here are a few photos: