Put Your Seatbelt On!

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In Addis, there has been a law passed requiring people to wear their seatbelts. A flood of thoughts and emotions rise in me. Encouragement, laughter, confusion, approval. In a city of 3-7 estimated people(yeah, 4 mill gap), about 5 working street lights and chaos as the norm, I am confused how I feel about the law. It does promote safety, but like my truck driving friend today, the belts are make shift in most of these cars from 1970-60. Plus, it seems that only the drivers are required to wear them, or will face a $150 ($11.9USD) birr fine. Finally there seem to be about a billion more pressing issues.

I must say that one thing that keeps the tip of my nose above water right now is the fact that the rest of my life will demand a seat belt!! I am in for a wild ride. I have signed up for an adventure that will take me to some ridiculously amazing places and precarious (hopefully) situations. There is NO telling where God will take this but if a small amount of my dreams come true, it will be unbelievable!

I mentioned one of my desires in my last blog but my dreams are so much bigger then that one piece. I am praying that God is strategically putting me in positions around the world to bring a multi country, transcontinental organization into existence. I will work the rest of my life trying to grow this organization that eradicates the street child issue around the world, one leader at a time! Sounds crazy, but so far I think DC and Ethiopia are amazing starting point. I don’t pretend I have the ability, but I do have the faith in how much God loves these kids, these forsaken, disgracefully forgotten kids!

I think about how my life could have gone, ugh, safe, comfy, sick. Thank you God!

I added one exciting venue to this wild ride. I successfully (not easy process) got my visa and flight to the Democratic Republic of The Congo(DRC) for this Saturday!! Besides a chance to get away, see a friend, I will hopefully be visiting a street kid organization in one of the toughest countries in the world. My friend there gave me stats that suggest both Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are both in the lowest 10% in terms countries with struggling economies and governments. The DRC is actually like 5th in some categories while Ethiopia is 16th. I am also excited to add one more African country to my passport, and maybe two (The Congo hopefully) One of my life goals is to visit every African country, all 58(??) of them.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

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Written by adamtaylorethiopia

December 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm

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  1. Wheeeee! I’m so excited Adam about you coming and reading this blog entry makes me want to know more about your heart for this exciting journey God has you on. I know some of it and looking forward to just hanging out and learning more. The countdown begins… I’m so proud of you!

    Lisa Overman

    December 22, 2009 at 7:20 am

  2. Oh I wish I was going to Congo too! Well you two have lots of fun! The dream sounds awesome! Let us know how we can help with that!

    Rachel Choate

    December 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm

  3. Ad,
    It is great to know you have the chance for a new and exciting experience in the Congo. Deke Motumbo (now an NBA spokesman who shared at our FCA banquet) built a huge hospital there and a guy we support at Manoa Presby has helped the Bunia Seminary – I think in the Republic. Will be facinating to vicariously take that journey with you. May you be blessed with God’s power and strength durring these days of prep to leave. You have touched lives with your desire to see change and experience a dramatic faith walk. The connections with the RIGHT people will be a result of your earnest, dedicated efforts.
    The B. D. will be with you all the way (caps seem more appropriate, sorry Ralph:).
    Enjoy the ride and Merry Christmas!

    Dad

    December 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm

  4. you should have cleared the usage of Big Dog with Glenn Robinson

    John Moughan

    December 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm

  5. Ad,
    Your buddies are a piece of work – the long range connection and bringing it back to sports is amazing. Actually, I had thought of Glenn Robinson as well……always a smile with your peeps.

    Dad

    December 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm

  6. Adam: The sky is the limit ’cause that is where God is! As long as you are being responsive to Him you will soar. God bless you during this Christmas season. You are in my thoughts and prayers. It is just about 8 PM Christmas eve where you are as I write this. It will be different but the same Lord. Christmases are down times when you are far away from loved ones and the things that are familiar, imagine how God must feel when we drag him through all our tinsel and Ho Ho stuff. May your Christmas there, among those kids, be Christlike. God bless you my brother, You are loved. Doc

    Ralph Eckardt

    December 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm


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