February 2015 Missionary Update

The Shannons have had a busy, yet good couple of months in Ethiopia.  Like most things in life we’ve had our ups and downs, but our family continues to do well!

Here are the updates:

Caia and friends at Field Day

Caia and friends at Field Day

1. Mihiret is growing like crazy.  She is now talking a mile a minute (at least in the comfort of our home) and took her first few steps by herself.   She continues to be the center of a lot of attention for all of the children.

2.  Kidist is doing amazing.  While we were on home assignment we had a series of tests run on her because she was not growing.  In October she was diagnosed with celiac disease so we had to cut all gluten out of her diet.  Since that time she has grown over 3 inches and has changed in so many ways.  She has integrated so well into our family!

Mihiret's proud First Steps

Mihiret’s proud First Steps

3.  Hanna recently turned 7 years old and is such a huge helper.  Two weeks ago at a local school track meet, she took first place in the 50 meter sprint (and the sack race, too). Next weekend she’s been invited compete against other international students.  She is excited.

4.  Caia, at 10 1/2 continues to love being a social butterfly.  She also continues to love animals, so was thrilled that our guard brought home a kitten who now is part of the family and that she recently got to go horseback riding at a friends house.  She dreams of being a vet one day.

5.  Micah continues to do great here.  He just turned 13, and is still our voracious reader, having read 4,500 pages in a month of recreational reading over Christmas break.  He has

Hanna racing in the Obstacle Course

Hanna racing in the Obstacle Course

been in his element as we have been able to get outside of the city to Debre Zeit and Koka a couple of times in past months – giving opportunity to see some birds…and hyenas.

One more reason why we love where we live.

One more reason why we love where we live.

6.  Joshua is in his element as well.  He is very involved in the youth group and the worship team and also is doing well in school while tackling Chemistry this year.  He is becoming a great young man – now taller (much taller) than his dad and is becoming a decent guitar player since starting lessons recently. He is starting to think about what he would like to do after high school.

For Jerry and Christy, it has been an overwhelming couple of months.  Between ministry at IEC and Embracing Hope

Kidist with her best friend Mekaela

Kidist with her best friend Mekaela

A recent Hyena sighting.

A recent Hyena sighting.

Ethiopia, life has been full – with Christmas, starting a New Year, and growing opportunities on all fronts.   In late December, we had a tragedy at the church that deeply impacted us and the church.  Throughout January, we fought to try to get Christy’s work permit renewed (its still in process) as well as various other ministry challenges.  It is good, but we are constantly reminded of the joy and the sheer terror of Kingdom living.  But, seeing changed lives keeps us in the game!

Please keep us in your prayers during this next season.