On one trip to Alberta he purchased twenty eggs of certified Rhode Island Reds and carried them in a basket for more 24 hours in his flight back to Addis Ababa.At the leprosarium, he gave four eggs to five families from the hospital and village.Thompson also wanted to help the Arise become self-supporting by teaching them to farm.
Between 19, he served as an instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
During his service, he became friends with a chaplain who had known Emperor Haile Selassie while he lived in exile in Great Britain during the 1936 Fascist occupation of Ethiopia.
Years later, in his book entitled , Thompson wrote, “The expertise of such agency personnel is rarely obtainable through normal channels of government recruitment.
It has been estimated that a dollar spent in this way and down to earth, close to people project is worth at least $4 of government onset aid.” Through these experiences, Thompson grew in his understanding of human nature and the most diplomatic ways to accomplish political ends.
As our relationship evolved over the years he became a mentor and grandfather figure to me.