Day 1,2

pictureThrough several weeks of training, we had prepared ourselves to be God’s eyes and ears as during this mission trip in Ethiopia. Our group included members who have previously been to Ethiopia through MPPC and were involved in the various projects of HOPE Enterprise, and those to whom this was a first experience in the country. pictureAfter many weeks of anticipation and preparation, the team left for Addis Ababa on June 18th, 2010 with a layover in Dubai.Dubai ‘s ultra-modern airport seems more shopping mall than airport with rich offerings that we see reflected Saturday evening as a group  of us wander the “jewelry souk” – the market center that reminds me of SF’s  Chinatown times ten. All sorts of little shops, some full of gold jewelry, really big pieces of gold jewelry.  pictureOthers went to see the Dubai Mall complete with an aquarium, waterfall, and a Vegas-style fountain and lights show in between the mall and the tallest building in the world. Dubai seems an oasis of opulence where everyone comes to spend.