Ethiopia Blog

July 30-August 8

A little bit about the trip: The HU women’s volleyball team left campus Tuesday morning to begin their journey to Ethiopia where they will spend a little over a week serving alongside native Ethiopians who minister with Buckner International. The main focus of their mission trip will be working with orphans and vulnerable children who are a part of the foster care and education programs in Addis and Bantu.

Thursday, August 8:
I wanted to let you know that the team safely made it to Frankfurt and are waiting on their flight to Chicago. Everyone is doing well!

I am so honored by the opportunity to serve with this group of women. They have the most incredible hearts and they touched the lives of many this last week. Thank you for your prayers during our time in Ethiopia. God really moved in a mighty way.

Tuesday, August 6:
We have returned to Addis after a great time in Bantu. The team is doing really well and each of them has done the most amazing job of diving in to each activity. We spent yesterday afternoon and this morning with close to 400 children!

We have a fun day of touring the city and shopping planned for tomorrow.

Thank you for all of the prayers! Please pray for safe travels tomorrow.

Sunday, August 4:
Today was a wonderful day full of playing with 160 foster kids and then spending the afternoon with the kids in the two Buckner baby homes. The team is doing great!

We won't have access to WiFi tomorrow, but I will send an update on Tuesday. Thank you for your continued prayers! We greatly appreciate them!

Saturday, August 3:
Good evening (well here) everyone!

We have had 3 FULL and fun days doing ministry. We visited a Buckner school in Addis on Thursday, then went to Debre Zeit on Friday to work with another school and today we have been in Addis. The girls are doing great! Praise the Lord, everyone is feeling well, just tired. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and seeing their hearts and their desire to serve.

In regards to the worldwide caution alert, I was notified of it this morning by my boss. Our security consultant is monitoring the situation and said that we are fine in Ethiopia because it is not on the list of countries that have been issued a specific warning. Also, I spoke with Randy Daniels, VP of Buckner who is head of our diplomatic office here in Addis (he is in country currently) and he is being updated regularly on the situation and said that we are fine. 

If anything should arise, we would immediately book airfare to depart. Before we departed, I registered the team with the U.S. Embassy and so they are aware we are here and what hotel we are in. Coach Settle and I are staying updated on the situation. We have not told the girls because we didn’t want to cause them to worry.

Please continue to pray for us as we have 3 more full days of ministry. Lots of great opportunities to share and show Christ. Please pray for everyone’s health, safety, and strength.

Wednesday, July 31: 
From Brynn Anderson of Buckner: I just wanted to let everyone know that we made it safely to Ethiopia and all of our luggage made it as well. We are starting tomorrow bright and early by visiting different Buckner sites in Addis. Thank you for your prayers!

Interested in donating to the trip, click here.


Ashley C. Smith
Associate Director for Media Relations
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director