Full Circle

God is good! We are so blessed to be alive and well in 2014!

2014 croppedWe start the year with the blessing of having all our children back home. Michael David had been the first to leave for college way back in 2002. Exactly eleven years later, in December 2013, he was the last to come back and complete the homecoming procession, bringing our family ‘full circle.’ Taking Michael David to college in the States was not only a painful experience, but one that has often plagued us (did we really do the right thing?) Two years later, Samuel left for college also. Daniel and Debbi went off to college in their own time, leaving us with an empty nest for nearly two years. Without doubt, sending our children to college in the States has been the most difficult sacrifice resulting from our choice to make the Kenyan “mission” field our permanent home.

Now they are all home. The boys are back to stay (at least until God gives specific instructions otherwise), and Debbi is home for a “gap year” from Wheaton College. Michael David (now using the name David) desires to set up a permaculture project on family property outside of Nairobi. Samuel is starting a business making custom furniture out of airplane parts. Daniel is working with a forestation project and also hopes to find a part-time job.

Our children left as ‘children’ and have come back as adults, beaten up in many ways by a world of prejudice; matured by the challenges of being pushed out of the nest; shaped by influences that were not under parental control; more in tune with their personal identity as multi-cultural, bi-racial individuals who need to find their way through a life that has very few beaten paths. But they are home!

We don’t know how long all of our children will live in Kenya, but right now my mother’s heart is leaping with joy!

~ Diane

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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2 Responses to Full Circle

  1. What a joy! God’s blessings to you and your family!

  2. Donna Downes says:

    Oh my–it was amazing for Stan and me to see how your family has grown. We remember when Debbi and Daniel were born and when our Chris and your Michael and Samuel were in school together. Handsome men they’ve become! And Debbi is as lovely as her mum. What a blessing it is when our kids return home. Our Chris was “home” from Venezuela for the holidays and is just heading back there today. He’s on a plane as I write this. It was hard to see him go, but it was great to know that God has directed his paths so beautifully as He has your children’s paths as well. Blessings to you all! How we miss Kenya! — Donna

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