It has been a little while since my last blog and I have a bunch to cover. Since Egypt we went to Ethiopia and from there we ended up in Rwanda, Uganda, and eventually Kenya. We visited a different ministry with each country and who all have their own styles of ministry. While trying not to be harsh; the larger ministries, such as AIM and SIM, have compounds to run their administration. These compounds seemed to have the administration completely expatriate. This had been going against my theology of mission; I see it optimally as locals inviting others to help them accomplish the great commission. What we do have is a compound mentality that may be detrimental to their ministries. However there are other ministries that we visited that either were entirely run by locals, were local missionaries, or so integrated with the locals that it appeared to be entirely beneficial to the mission and the people. This was Trans World Radio, One Mission Society (TWR and OMS were in Kenya), and Hopethiopia Rwanda respectively. In Rwanda we got close to the source of the ministries and got a real taste for what it was like to be a missionary there with the help of Glenda and Hopethiopia. We learned about the Genocide that occurred in Rwanda and had a chance to glimpse into the pain that almost everyone in that country held. We got treated as locals by the staff of Hopethiopia and were immersed in the culture. A thing to remember is that when you greet someone in Rwanda you hug them and immediately shake their hand afterwards.