Five Emotions from Living in Ethiopia

In four weeks we leave Ethiopia, our home for the past two years, and return to live in Ireland. Here are a few of the meaningful things I’ve learnt about myself, through five emotions.   Wonder Sometimes I find myself driving around or working at my desk and all of a sudden it hits me []
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Patterns of Joy

A few years ago, when I was on staff with Agape I read Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. When we moved to Addis Ababa nearly two years ago and experienced the chaos of the city and the shock of the culture, I was drawn to read it again. It illuminated so much to me []
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Peering at Hope through Smudgy Glasses

“Ethiopia – land of origins.” That’s the first billboard you see when you touch down in Addis Ababa airport. We live with people of an ancient history. Ethiopians pride themselves on their civilisation, which traces back to the Aksumite Kingdom (10th century BC), the Queen of Sheba and their Orthodox Christianity dating back to the []
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Matthew & Fiona: Update

To our dear Ignite Family, We miss you! It’s hard to believe we are now 2 months into a new life here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has been a whirlwind of emotions, highs and lows, joy and frustration and adventure, tears and deep breaths. Here are some snippets… What’s different? Everything!! There is quite []
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Day 87 – Treasures in Heaven

1 Timothy 6 In this passage we have yet another example of how the Christian life is not just something you do on Sunday morning. As you walk in the Spirit, Jesus begins to have an effect on every area of your life and gives you a brand new worldview; a new way of seeing []
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Day 67 – Praise from Men vs. Favour of the King

John 18 This piece of Scripture is painful to read and yet should act as an encouragement to all of us. Jesus’ right hand man abandons him. His best friend. His closest confidant on earth. We read so much about Peter in the four gospel accounts, he goes everywhere with Jesus: ‘We have left everything []
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