Has Wings – Will Fly!

Debbi & us at graduationDebbi is the one pictured with outstretched “wings” along at the top of our blog. In a few days, she will be leaving home to start Wheaton College in Illinois. That will transition us to the official position of “empty nesters.” What does that mean? Can somebody please

Debbi graduation

explain?  (Well, I’m not really sure I want to know!) I guess we will have to take it one step at a time. We have enjoyed our last several years with her sooooo much!

Daniel & Debbi @ Crater LakeOur youngest son, Daniel (21) is enjoying his life at Northwestern University. He hopes to spend the first semester next year in Australia as an exchange student. Daniel stays very busy with extras like International Student Union, student fraternities and Bible study groups. He is always endeavoring to find creative and holistic ways to express his faith in an environment saturated with academia.

Our second born, Samuel (on the left in the picture) thrives in the challenges of architectural studies at OSU. His major takes much longer to complete than most otherSamuel, Daniel, & Debbi disciplines, but he is glad to be approaching the end. He and a friend in Kenya started the creation of a 3-D virtual map of the infamous Kibera slums in Nairobi.  This summer he is working on a sample that can be used for a funding proposal for the entire project.  Samuel will still take a class or two at Ohio State in the fall, but can’t wait to get into full time architectural design.

Michael being prayed forMichael, our oldest son, is giving another year of service at LA Catholic Worker www.lacatholicworker.org   The Catholics and Mennonites over several generations have stood out for issues of justice, defending the cause of the oppressed and marginalized. In some cases, civil disobedience has become a way to express such dissatisfaction. Well, our son Michael did that and more.

After demonstrating against the activities at School of the Americas in Georgia in November last year, he decided to “cross the line”. This was a well planned, premeditated and prayed-over act. The photo shows him being prayed for just before the incident (the red book in his hand is a Bible). He then climbed over the fence into this military facility, and right into the waiting hands of arresting officers. For this he earned six months in federalMichael "crossing the line" prison. (Sorry the pictures aren’t the greatest – but can give you some idea).

Within that period he was transferred 7 times and came close to being deported. Yes, a very tense time for all of us. We were VERY grateful when he was back to freedom at the end of May this year!

So, that’s our family news. We would love to hear yours! 

Ibrahim and Diane (honestly; we wrote this together!)

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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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4 Responses to Has Wings – Will Fly!

  1. The Omondi’s are heroes in our book. They work to bring increase to the kingdom of God constantly and without complaint. Africa and our world is not the same because of this faithful family! Steve and Mary

  2. Lilian Mukanzi says:

    Yes the Omondis have been used of God greatly in this part of the world.I have been priviledged to sit under their authority and they trully are called of God to impact positively on peoples lives mine included too.

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