- Mike Mylnar
The day started with Mike’s devotion that was very uplifting. The verse he shared was Prov. 3:5-6. Mike reflected on how God kept straight his path. After some closing prayer we began to load the bus and other vehicles. Then the trip to Soddo began.
As we traveled across Addis, the poverty was overwhelming. We saw groups of donkeys with full packs being herded down the road. As we left Addis and travelled into the farm country the landscape was vast and beautiful. We saw large greenhouses where they grow roses for export. As we passed through the countryside, I was surprised at all the people that were walking on the road.
About half way into the trip, the bus broke down. As we pulled off the road and got out of the bus, children came running from every direction. Their clothes were filthy rags and not many had shoes, but they all seemed to have larger than life smiles. Some of the guys started taking pictures of the children with their digital cameras and then showed the pictures to the children. This was a big hit! Some of the guys played ball with the kids.
After they called for a different bus we loaded our luggage into the other two vehicles and returned back to the nearest town where we waited for the replacement bus to arrive. While we waited for the bus we had dinner at the local restaurant. The bus was late and by the time we loaded our luggage on the bus and left for Soddo we were all so tired. We slept most of the way, that was until the bus driver slammed on the brakes. We opened our eyes and saw two hyenas crossing the road. I didn’t realize they were such large animals! Shortly after we landed in Soddo.
It was early the next morning and we were all very tired, but very much excited for what the Lord had in store for the next day.