It always feels good when someone appreciates a good deed, a gift or even a message. Nomadic tribes are not known for their appreciative habits. Quite often they have a sense of entitlement, demand services, and take it as a right when help does arrive. But this week, 30 kilometers outside Lodwar into Kenya’s northern desert, the appreciation was overwhelming.

We witnessed vigorous dancing, loud laughter and hefty claps even before the relief food arrived. The orderly, good-natured Turkana, mostly women, were sincerely and deeply appreciative of the food. When they finally received their rations, the smiles and verbal appreciation were genuine.

Thankfulness is indeed a way to get into God’s presence. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name.”

When people are thankful, it lifts their countenance and makes them easy to get along with. This week, I felt that if God ever wanted me to live in a desert and work amongst a nomadic tribe, I would certainly choose the Turkana.

Generous giving and genuine gratitude will be important base-line components for sustainable solutions in Africa’s fight against poverty and famine. ~ Ibrahim


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 Gratitude

  1. Bruce says:

    Great blog …. I think your conclusion about great generosity and genuine gratitude is profound. Thanks. Bruce

  2. Wes & Cindy Carmack says:

    What a great story, Ibrahim! Thank you for taking the time to share it. We all have needs from time to time and it is so important to radiate thanksgiving and praise ~ first to God and also to the helping hands that met the need. And then to remember that when we are given good gifts, God intends for us to share those with others in need. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that we have met a very important need in someone else’s life. ~Blessings to all of you in our DOVE family in Kenya! We appreciate you so much. ~Cindy

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