1.Why did you choose go on a missions trip this year?
One of the main reasons I came to Sterling was to have the opportunity to go on missions trips. I have always wanted to go on a mission trip, and now I finally can. It is exciting that we are going to Ethiopia, because even though it wasn’t necessarily my top pick, I have had a desire to go there for several years. It has always been the main African country on my mind.
2. What is your biggest fear about going on this trip?
Not understanding the culture. I’m very set in my ways, and I’m concerned I’ll offend someone somewhere along the way. I’m also worried about appropriately sharing my faith and how to have good discussions with people while remaining friends, and without angering them or scaring them.
3. What are you most excited to do in Ethiopia?
I really want to work with the people and get to know them, and see what they’re like. I want to understand their culture better, and who they are. I’m excited to meet the people.
4. How do you think going on this trip will impact your life?
God uses many things to impact people and teach them not only about themselves and others, but also about purpose. I think this trip will help me broaden my scope on not only people and the world, but also on my purpose of serving Christ, and the importance of that.
5. If you could have any super power what would it be?
I would want super strength, while remaining skinny and not looking scary-uber-buff. I would love to be able to just lift anything and jump like crazy high, (because of course I’d have awesome leg muscles) and I wouldn’t have to fly because I could parkour over everything.
As we push toward our goal of 50% funding by March 18, Team Ethiopia is doing a smoked pork loin fundraiser. I have been smoking meat for a few years now, have judged barbecue contests, and even have my Kansas City Barbecue Society judging certification. I guess what I’m trying to say here, is that I know what I’m doing around a smoker.
The details are as such:
These are great heat-and-eat dishes. Even with some margin for us to raise money for the trip, we are still able to sell the meat at a lower price than you can get at most BBQ joints (they typically charge $12-$14/lb).
This offer is available for people in the Sterling, KS area, people in Portland, OR (I’m heading there the weekend of March 8), and people from towns where members of Team Ethiopia live.
To place orders, please contact a member of Team Ethiopia.
As the trip draws closer, we will be posting more frequently to update you on how preparations are going. One of the things we will be doing over the next couple of weeks is introducing you to our team members. First up is our Assistant Team Leader, Lisa L. She is a Senior (though she still has one more year) who is majoring in Education. Lisa is originally from Shawnee, KS.
Why did you choose go on a missions trip this year?
At first I didn’t feel like going on a mission trip this summer. A few people encouraged me, so I prayed about it. I decided that they were right. I signed up to go to a Latin American country, but God worked it out so that I ended up on this team. I am excited that it worked out and that I am on the team that I am.
What is your biggest fear about going on this trip?
My biggest fear is being motion sick on the plane and having to sit on the plane with my sore knee for hours.
What are you most excited to do in Ethiopia?
I am most excited to get to talk to people and to play with the children in Ethiopia. To impact others as they impact me.
How do you think going on this trip will impact your life?
This trip will widen my world view and it will give me bigger love for all people. I hope that my relationship with God will grow in many ways through my time in Ethiopia.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
To be able to teleport everywhere I want to go.
The change has been counted. The costume has been procured.
Following a resounding victory for “Team Twilight”, I will be dressing up as Yoda and having an extended lunch in the Cafeteria on Wednesday from 11:15am-12:45pm.
Many thanks to all who contributed. We were able to raise a little bit over $200 in support of Team Ethiopia through this event.
Pictures to come later in the week, and I’m sure they’ll be glorious.
Author: Christian Dashiell
Dr. Brad Nix and Chaplain Christian Dashiell are collecting change through 1/24/2013 (though bills and checks are welcome as well) to raise support for Team Ethiopia. But this is not a showdown without repercussions. Personal dignity is on the line here.
The History of the Challenge:
If you’re jumping into this midstream, you might wonder how such a challenge came into being. Well, it all started one day when Dr. Nix (an avid Twilight fan) posted a picture on Facebook of himself in his office with his Twilight mug and Edward the vampire cardboard cutout. Noticing that he had a similar outfit on as Dr. Nix (a common occurrence), Chaplain Dashiell rushed back to his office to have his picture taken with his Darth Vader mug and Darth Vader Fathead.
Chaplain Dashiell then proceeded to post the pictures side-by-side online and encouraged people to vote on which one was their favorite. And now it’s your turn. #TeamTwilight or #TeamStarwars. It’s your choice. Put your money where our mouth is, and if you’re generous enough then everyone wins. And remember, this is for a good cause, as all money raised supports team Ethiopia.
You can give to the team of your choice in three different ways:
So there you have it. The Showdown at the Queen of the Kansas Plains. May the best fantasy franchise win.
Thank you for visiting the Team Ethiopia Tumblr page. Following Thanksgiving, we will be updating this site with prayer requests, team introductions, trip developments and fundraising opportunities. So check back on a regular basis, or subscribe to our RSS feed to be kept up to date.
We will be leaving for Ethiopia on May 22 for our two week trip. We will spend about a week in Addis Ababa with Dr. Minas Hiruy, who is a Sterling College Alum. He has involvement with both Hope University College and Hope Enterprises, and we will have the opportunity to serve both of those endeavors.
Following our time in Addis, we will then head to another ministry, most likely the Mossy Foot Project in the Soddo region. It’s also possible that we will head north to Mekele instead, though our plans will not be finalized until mid-February.
Thank you for your prayers and support. We are looking forward to what God will teach us and how God will allow us to serve during our time in Ethiopia.