volunteers, Bill Synk, Tom Kaufman and Ed Pollock arrived at Dembi Dollo as
planned on January 27, in spite of last minute flight changes caused by the
winter blizzard of 2016. They were
hosted by missionaries Brenda Stelle, who teaches English at BESS, and her
husband Steve who teaches at the Gidada Seminary. Thanks to the detailed information about the
buildings provided by Steve and preparation done by BESS Director, Amanuel
Tesfye, things were ready for work to begin on January 28. Since we had a limited time to complete the
work, I had asked Amanuel to arrange for at least 11 people to work with the U.S.
volunteers. He hired 4 carpenters and 4
labors to supplement the school maintenance staff.