Trip Report: May 2024


In May, Chris Bounds, Charley Bounds, Rick Smith, and Tracy Sauerwein of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho traveled with me to Addis Ababa, Mizan, and Maji. The trip goals were: To have members observe and report back to Covenant PC on the work that MDC has accomplished To introduce CPC members to colleagues and collaborators of MDC To foster relationships between members of the Maji mother church and of Covenant Church To finalize the MoU with Solar Energy Foundation on collaboration in the future work of MDC To finalize the MoU with the Maji Presbytery for building and running women’s [...]

Trip Report: May 20242024-06-24T00:49:13+00:00

October Update – Hooray for Clean Water!


Safe Water—For the First Time Ever! In our culture, things change. A new cell phone comes out every eighteen months; a new, slimmer laptop makes the news; a new pedometer that also tracks our sleep health is all the rage. Fashions change faster than we can wear out our clothes. Stores and restaurants open and close all around us. It’s hard for us to imagine living a life that looks just like our grandmother and grandfather’s lives. It’s hard for us to fathom that the 400 families in the rural communities of Siski and Adikas, down the mountainside from Maji, Have [...]

October Update – Hooray for Clean Water!2024-01-08T22:55:17+00:00

Book Chat Interview with Caroline Kurtz


Caroline was recently interviewed for Book Chat on the Cowlitz County, Washington station KLTV. Alan Rose, a great interviewer, got Caroline talking about her unusual childhood as an Oregonian in Africa, and about the writing of her books set in Ethiopia and South Sudan. The interview is full of interesting stories and bits of history. Enjoy! Select here to visit the Book Chat Site To visit Caroline Kurtz's Author Site, select here  

Book Chat Interview with Caroline Kurtz2024-01-08T22:55:21+00:00

MDC—A Beacon of Hope


MDC—A Beacon of Hope for the Dizi (deezee) People The history of the Dizi people of Maji is heartbreaking. An anthropologist wrote, Before the . . . forced incorporation of the Dizi into the Ethiopian empire, the Dizi probably numbered between 50,000 and 100,000. The conquest had profound consequences in the decades which followed—subjection to . . . economic exploitation and oppression: the abduction . . . of innumerable people as slaves, servants or carriers, only a few of whom were ever able to return: famine, disease and a growing sense of hopelessness and resignation, engendered by a total [...]

MDC—A Beacon of Hope2024-01-08T22:55:23+00:00
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