About Us

We are Rich and Marilyn Hansen, living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and serving as mission co-workers with the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Here we are toasting one another with our imaginary glasses  in the window seat of the castle where  kings and queens of Ethiopia sat to enjoy the cool of the evening in the ancient capital city of Gonder.

Before arriving in Ethiopia in August, 2010,  we lived for 22 years in the Central Valley of California where Rich served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Visalia. Rich now serves as Acting Dean of Studies and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) in  Addis Ababa.  EGST offers four different Masters degrees and is the only Christian graduate school of theology in the  Horn of Africa.

Marilyn also spends her time volunteering in a number of ways, building relationships, experiencing Ethiopian culture, learning Amharic and writing her famous “Slice of Life” episodes featuring the humorous side of daily life in a new culture.

“Meskel” is  Amharic  for “cross.”  Ethiopia boasts one of the oldest continuously existing Christian churches in the world (established in the 4th century). Crosses abound in this land.  We count it a  great privilege to be here among some of the most wonderful people in the world.  This blog offers our musings and discoveries about the intersection of faith and life in Africa.

Want to learn more about us? Visit the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology website  and our mission page website.  Just click the website name on our “Blogroll” to the right of the screen.


One response to “About Us

  1. Sharan Butterfield

    Hi, I’m excited that you will be back in Visalia for a while, guess you are here today. We will see you briefly Wed night and will miss your presentation as Lonnie and I are teaching the 2 & 3 year old “Honeybees” (much harder than the 4 & 5 “Cubby Bears”). Hope you have safe travel and a great time with the kids.

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