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Far from home, but never far from God

Cassidy and Shea live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before moving there they lived in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Their dad works for a relief and development organization (an NGO). They were both born in Pennsylvania, but they have lived outside America for most of their lives. They have one younger brother, Jordan. He is eight. And a sister, Tessa Grace, who is two. They have a dog, a cat, and a horse. Cassidy and Shea go to the International Community School of Addis Ababa, with kids from over 60 different countries.

Shea: I'm ten years old. I'm in fourth grade. I have a best friend from Israel. My favorite subject is French. My favorite sport is volleyball, and my favorite food is enjera. It's the national dish of Ethiopia. It looks kind of like a giant, spongy crepe, but it tastes sour. It's a fun food because you get to eat it with your hands. It's served with different kinds of sauces that are called wet (pronounced "watt").

Cassidy: I'm 13 years old and in seventh grade. My entire grade has only 30 kids. My four closest friends include a Cape Verdian-Mozambiquan; a Kenyan-American; a Sri Lankan-Ghanaian-Canadian; and a Dutch-Ethiopian. Together we are like a miniature United Nations. Some of my hobbies are reading, swimming, riding my horse, and playing volleyball and tennis.

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July 23, 2007

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