Category: Norm and Betty in Ethiopia building a camp at Lake Langano

Epilogue – Looking Back

And as they say, “The rest is history”. But wait a minute, in looking back over our years at Langano, we see that there’s more to our story; a perspective that provides meaning and purpose to our Langano story. But before I get into that, let me briefly relate what has happened to us since our return to Canada in 1976. A new career began when our home church, Central Baptist Church in Victoria, BC, hired me on as a...

Chapter 29 – Now Langano Blossoms

The years roll by and Langano blossoms again . . . even after all the years of setbacks, revolution, and evacuations. SIM is again established at Langano. And, hey …. there’s even a brand new all-weather road in from the highway! Betty and I have endeavoured to piece together the events and people that brought Langano back to a vital ministry. As much as I would like to have been one of those Colobus monkeys high in the trees to...

Chapter 28 – The Story Continues

This chapter is extracted and edited from the writings of Bruce & Norene Bond and from their book entitled When Spider Webs Unite, Pages 254-261. I only added my words to the story where appropriate. Betty and I were not able to return to Langano. Veteran missionaries, Dr Nathan and Doris Barlow were appointed to take our place for a short while to continue providing medical help. But in time, they were virtually held as hostages. The Kebele leaders (local...

Chapter 27 – God Brings Betty Through

Betty was so sick Our preoccupation now was the preparation for two conferences in January. Betty was also busy in the clinic. On Friday, January 9th, she finished her clinic and came home to bed with fever and chills. She gave herself malaria treatment but by Monday she was no better so I made contact with our SIM doctor by radio (by now we had now been issued a two-way radio). He instructed me to find a certain medicine and...

Chapter 26 – Dark Clouds And Danger

Dark Clouds on The Country’s Horizon We had finally come to the place where Camp Langano was achieving its goals. It had taken four years to construct the facility and host eight retreats and conferences. Ethiopians and missionaries alike had been strengthened in their faith. They resolved to stand firm despite what was happening in the country. But the country was in turmoil. The mid 1970’s was a revolutionary time in Ethiopia. Then the Military gained control of the country....

Chapter 25 – More Retreats And Conferences

Uncertainties within Ethiopia’s political unrest were growing. It wasn’t long into 1975 that we began to feel the effect on our ability to plan for conferences. Gasoline was rationed making it difficult to obtain supplies, to say nothing about transporting guests into the camp site. But we did manage. The new socialist government divided the local farmers into communes. Each commune was given the power to dictate the affairs of the people within its jurisdiction. Some of the individuals took...

Chapter 24 – Ready For Conference Guests

The big day finally arrived! We were ready … and the first guests arrived. Church Elders’ Conference – November 7-10, 1974 We didn’t pay much attention to the political situation in the country.  Sadly we knew the Emperor, Haile Selassie, had been deposed in September, 1974.  But as far as we were concerned down here far from the capitol city, all seemed well. But that was not the case in other parts of the country and we would soon find out...

Chapter 23 – Feeding Hungry Campers

   By Norm and Betty             How do you feed up to 70 hungry men for a week back in the African bush … especially when preparing the national dish. The local women were not accustomed to making the “injerra with wat”. Injerra and wat was the food of the ruling people group, that of Haile Selassie, but it slowly became acceptable city food. (Mmmmm…….. we always looked forward to going to an Ethiopian restaurant...

Chapter 22 – Things Are Really Looking Up

Finally …. A Better Vehicle The old Land Rover that had been a super work horse finally quit. I took it to Addis Ababa for repairs but there it sat for a month with nothing being done. I had to run around the city looking for the parts needed to fix the problem before the garage did anything. We needed a new vehicle! The mission leaders also realized that something had to be done and were able to release funds...

Chapter 21 – Betty’s New Clinic

We needed a decent building for the clinic. The tent served Betty reasonably well but certainly had its shortcomings. Betty and I drew up plans in preparation for the frame construction. Bill Schmidt, a mission builder, took the plans and prepared all the frame members in his shop in Sheshemane (the nearest SIM station – a hospital and leprosarium). The lumber for walls and trusses were clearly labelled for Mark and I to easily put up the main frame. Thankfully,...