“Wisdom is the principal thing . . . “

“Wisdom is the principal thing . . . “

A few weeks ago we witnessed the baptism of a wonderful young man.  Athian is literally “standing tall in Ethiopia” as he is 7 feet tall and is originally from Sudan.  He is 28 years old and after his baptism he bore a powerful testimony about his journey as a “truth seeker” and how he had come to understand that knowledge and wisdom are intertwined as one seeks for truth. As a past prophet and president of our church, David…

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“If you have your health, you have everything!”

“If you have your health, you have everything!”

The title of this blog is something my mother said frequently as I was growing up.  I didn’t fully appreciate her wisdom until many years later whenever my health was compromised.  In fact, as a teenager I remember thinking as she would say this (in my youthful good health), “Well, having my own bedroom or even a car would be way better than just good health.”  Now, once again not only do I understand and whole-heartedly concur with her oft-repeated…

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“These Are a Few of Our FAVORITE (and ‘FERENJI’) Things ….”

“These Are a Few of Our FAVORITE (and ‘FERENJI’) Things ….”

“These Are a Few of Our FAVORITE (and ‘FERENJI’) Things….” The word for foreigners here is “ferenji,” an Arabic word meaning “Frankish.”  So, to be “frank,” there are plenty of things here that are very foreign to us but many of them are becoming our favorite things.  For example, the warm greetings extended to one another can involve not only a hand shake but, for men especially, a further embrace of bumping right shoulder to right shoulder.  For woman to…

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“On the Road Again . . .”

“On the Road Again . . .”

Probably one of the most challenging aspects of our mission here in Ethiopia is navigating the highways and byways of an emerging metropolis of almost 6 million people in the capital of Addis Ababa. That, along with the rural road arteries, all of which are replete with thousands of pot holes and almost no conventional “road rules,” produces that rare mixture of focused tension amidst pleas for protection. Each new day presents plenty of unexpected negotiations with cars, pedestrians, cows,…

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Top Ten “Firsts”

Top Ten “Firsts”

Top Ten “Firsts” Every week brings new experiences in our mission here in Ethiopia.  These past couple of weeks have been filled with several “firsts.”  But before we give you our “Top Ten Firsts”, we wanted to share another “Top Ten” we have listed on our bulletin board in the office and left by someone who has served here before us (we don’t know exactly who) which also captures our desire for a “positive” outlook in our new surroundings as…

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Our Ethiopian Missionaries

Our Ethiopian Missionaries

Greetings from Ethiopia!  We are surviving the traffic and warming up our taste buds to injera!  We have made several home visits and are grateful for the Ethiopian hospitality. It is at once humbling and an honor to be in their homes and be welcomed as new friends. It’s difficult to articulate how incredibly resourceful and patient so many are in just managing the daily challenges of finding enough water to bring home and then providing enough food for their…

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“NEWS” from Ethiopia

“NEWS” from Ethiopia

Dear Family and Friends, The last three weeks have been filled with plenty of “news”…..new friends, new experiences, and new understanding about this ancient country, its culture and roots in Christianity and Islam.  Maybe the best way to describe these “new” moments would be to list them and illustrate with pictures which are always worth “a thousand words.” New Friends: Debebe, Sarah, Yeneleum, Mickey and Kana (as in Cana from the Bible): This was a sweet family we visited with the…

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Welcome to the Harline’s Mission Blog

Welcome to the Harline’s Mission Blog

After almost three weeks of training involving the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah and the Area Office in Johannesburg, South Africa we have arrived in Ethiopia and have been here for one week.  Training in Johannesburg We are adjusting not only to new office programs but to a new way of life.  Here in the capital, Addis Ababa, we drive through streets that are sometimes as congested as rush hour traffic in Los Angeles minus the boundaries of lines,…

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