Getting Started

Why on earth should we start a blog? What’s the point? Why bother? I mean, one year ago I didn’t even know what a “blog” was! (Maybe you didn’t either.)

Actually, the “why” is a fairly important question for just about anything we do in life. For me, it has been very important to figure out why I should add this extra responsibility, another thing that takes time, another item on the infamous “to do” list – before getting started in this new venture.

Jesus comes down pretty hard on people who do things for the wrong reasons. Even those who do the right things for the wrong reasons. As much as his discourse in Matthew 6 is known for teaching us how to pray or for teaching principles of giving and fasting, the repeated theme is an emphasis on the critical nature of motives. The giving, praying and fasting of the Pharisees was apparently of no good whatsoever because they were doing it all with the wrong motives.

Back to the blog. Why should we have one? Would I do it in order to give the impression that I am in vogue by engaging social media networks? Or to be recognized as technologically savvy (even though we are not?) No – wrong answers.

After months of trying to get this figured out, it became clear that having a blog is just the right thing to do. God’s will – if you prefer religious language.

So when we finally decided to start a blog, it also seemed right to do it together. I’ve not seen most people doing it that way. But after all, we do most things in life together, why not this?

Some of our friends raise an eyebrow when I explain that Ibrahim and I don’t have separate email addresses. Others complain that when we send an email, they are not sure which one of us is actually writing. Well, in the blog, we intend to identify the author, so you should always know who is writing.

What will we blog about? (Isn’t it amazing how some words move from non-existence to being both noun and verbs – overnight?) Yes, what will we blog about? There will be different things. Some family updates. Some reflections. Some information about what we are doing. Some insight into what we are thinking. Hopefully a distinctive will emerge as we proceed on the journey.

But with fear and trembling and a lot to learn, here we go. Welcome for the ride!

– Diane


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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10 Responses to Getting Started

  1. Ben says:

    I’ve never blogged or followed a blog (verb or noun), but I’ll definitely follow yours! I wonder if a blog could take the place of a newsletter and offer more up-to-date information…Blessings from Idaho.

  2. laurie fulmer says:

    I, for one, am ThRiLLeD that you’ll be blogging!! (Laurie:)

  3. Glad you are doing this. It will be great to keep up and hear what is happening, or at least being thought about.

  4. Sue De Vries says:

    Yes, I’m glad too–though I don’t generally follow any other blogs other than my kids’. In fact, that’s why I got on Face Book, just to read what my girls wrote. And then I discovered that my own age-mates were also on FB, and it’s been fun just to chat a little from time to time without the full-on letter writing contact. So for a limited number of people, I do that when I have time. Bravo for you: you are both good writers/communicators, and I look forward to hearing about your thoughts. –Sue and Jim

  5. Debbi DiGennaro says:

    Way to go! Looks great so far.


  6. Martin and Liz says:

    We will definitely try to follow and read all your posts! Thanks for the Alert and God bless!

  7. vicki okumu says:

    Excellent! Diane and Ibrahim it is great that you have done this. it is even better that you are encouraging us to do the same. I could do with a little of your professional help! Vicki Okumu

  8. Ed and Ginny Peng says:

    Hi from Canada. This blog is a very good idea even though it takes time. We like to hear from locals like yourselves and John and Marty so we know how things really are not just what the media tells us. It was lovely to see how your family is doing. You must be so proud. Blessings on adjusting to the empty nest. I found it difficult for the first while but loved the new found freedom. 🙂 Hugs from Ed and Ginny

  9. Ann says:

    Great Idea mum. One more responsibility. You amaze me. blessings.

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