Igniting Praise

29 Sep

How many different ways have you experienced the reminder to be instant with praise?  Here is one that will be unique to most of your experiences.  Unique because of setting, circumstance, chain of events, and outcome.  Five days had passed since returning to Addis Abeba from a three week retreat in the United States visiting our family.  It was the afternoon before one of the biggest Orthodox holidays in Ethiopia, Meskel.  Friends had arrived early for a 10 day mission in the countryside and had an afternoon to kill.  We were still working through the blues that normally accompany GWS (Grandchild Withdrawal Syndrome).  So even though it was questionably wise to be out and about in the intense crowds, we really longed for their fellowship.  Walking rather than driving and parking seemed logical.  Our route took us past one of the biggest Orthodox cathedrals and the beggars were out in droves.

Suddenly we were surrounded by five or six very dirty street boys.  At first we were not alarmed; their ages ranged from 7-10.  They soon became aggressively friendly with hugging, touching and attempting to share their music with us through an ear bud connected to a recording device or iPod.  “I love you, papa.  I love you, mama.  I hungry.  Money, money.”  I noticed one older boy, maybe 16, who seemed to be in charge join the mix as they tried to slow our walking pace.

As quickly as they came they left and as they melted away, my hand went instinctively to my cellphone pocket.  It was gone.

“Susan, do you have my phone?”

“No!”

Quickly turning, I started after the boys, pointing and yelling, “Labah, labah!” (“Thief, thief!”), at the top of my lungs.

One of the boys quickly laid my phone down and they all ran away as fast as they could.  When I retrieved my phone we discovered that our friends backpack zipper was also opened and all that separated $6000 USD from view and grasp was one thin sheet of paper.

Praise God for His protection!  And praise him for sharing hope with our hearts that He is always watching over us.

2 Responses to “Igniting Praise”

  1. onlybygrace3 September 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Oh my! What an adventure! Praise God for HIS provision!

  2. Sarah Fiechter September 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    WOW…that is so crazy! So glad you are safe. Praise Him indeed!

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