Full Trip Details

The dates of the trip are July22-Aug 1, 2018.  We will depart from our home airports on sunday 7/22, fly out of Dulles airport (in Washington, DC) on Monday 7/23, and arrive in Addis Ababa mid-morning on Tuesday 7/24.

Rough agenda:

Sunday, 22nd: 
PM: Depart Nashville/your city, spend the night near Dulles airport in DC

Monday, 23rd: 
AM: Depart U.S.

Tuesday, 24th: 
AM: Land in Addis Ababa, Ethipia. Travel to Yebsabi guest house and freshen up.
PM: Meet our sponsored kids!

Wednesday, 25th
AM: VBS activities, including Bible teaching, worship, crafts, and games with the younger half of the group (approximately 80-100 kids).  Also includes fingernail painting, soccer, and playing games.  Lots of time spent building relationships with the kids!
PM: Home Visits – Visit our sponsored kids in their homes and meet their families.

Thursday, 26th
AM: VBS activities, including Bible teaching, worship, crafts, and games with the older half of the group (approximately 80-100 kids).  Also includes fingernail painting, soccer, and playing games.  Lots of time spent building relationships with the kids!
PM: Home Visits – Visit our sponsored kids in their homes and meet their families.

Friday, 27th
Spend the whole day seeing the beautiful countryside and learning more about the culture in Ethiopia.  Souvenir shopping, and eat dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant with music and traditional dance.

Saturday, 28th
Deliver care packages to the kids and spend time blessing the mothers and caretakers of the kids.

Sunday, 29th
AM: Attend church with the kids at Merkato on Sunday. (An incredible experience that you’ll never forget!) Take the Merkato staff out to dinner and bless and encourage them.
PM: Another round of home visits to our sponsored kids families.

Monday, 30th
AM: Final good byes, pack up and head for the airport.  Maybe a visit to a coffee roasting factory if we have time!
PM: Fly, fly, fly

Cost

The total trip for the cost will be $2200-$2500.  This includes airfare and all ground fees. This does NOT include immunizations which, depending on what you get, can add up.  This cost also does NOT include  spending money for gifts.  Go here for a detailed breakdown of costs and deadlines and some other things to consider.

Meetings

  • Sun 5/6/18 – organizational meeting
  • Sun 6/10/18 – organizational meeting
  • Sat 7/7/18 – eat together at Ethiopian restaurant and discuss final details

FAQ

Go here for a list of commonly asked questions and answers