Now, to those of you who are supportive but also secretly praying that God will change our hearts and close all doors, we have sad news. The move to Ethiopia is looking more and more like a done deal with each encounter, experience, conversation, contact, etc. We have said this move is solely the result of where we feel God is leading us. (And, the entire story of how we arrived at that decision will unfold at another time.) We will continue on that path until He leads us elsewhere.
We’ll go ahead and start answering some of the questions you have:
Q. When are you moving?
A. Our goal is to be back here before the end of the first quarter of 2013. That gives us about a year to get things in order.
Q. How will Jessica survive on Ethiopian cuisine?
A. Ah, great question. That was actually my first question as well. We sent a list of questions to the first couple we found living in Ethiopia. The only one I added to the list was, “Can someone live in Ethiopia and not eat injera?” Their reply: “Yes, but with difficulty.” God never promised an easy road. This will just be the price I pay for putting all previous wait staff, dinner guests, hostesses, friends, family, my husband, etc. through hell because of a lifetime of picky eating habits. On that note, I have eaten a surprisingly large selection and amount of food here. Yesterday at a non-tourist-catering restaurant, I finished 80% of my meal. I was told there were no substitutions, withholdings of sauce (Gasp!), or changes to menu items, but the cappuccino came with about a cup of cocoa powder dumped right on top of the tiny porcelain cup. Delectable!