Scorching Sun

On the plane back from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday, I was once again overwhelmed by the African reality. Scorching sun, bare hills, thousands of acres of open land — without a single tree. The once lush forests surrounding many of the Rift Valley rivers and lakes from Ethiopia through Uganda to Kenya have been cleared. All these translate into drought, famine and never-ending food aid.


Most of these regions were thickly forested not too many years ago. What we have now is an encroaching desert. We in the Horn of Africa cannot afford to sit back and wait for the worst to happen. There is a window of opportunity in which we can reverse the desertification.

The campaign for reforesting the Horn of Africa needs to go full blast. We appreciate the Green Belt Movement initiatives and tree planting efforts already in place. However, the campaign needs to become a wholesale movement in the nations of the Horn. The church, the government, the media, the mosques, the youth and women’s groups, schools and colleges: all sectors need to come on board.

I HEAR THE LORD SAYING THAT IT CAN BE DONE, BUT IT MUST BE BIRTHED IN PRAYER. We also need transformation training for mindset change and practical alternatives for fuel energy.

Please pray with us (and the camels?) “until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest. How blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free” (Is 32:15, 20).

Pray that we may we awaken intercessors in the nations of Africa, intensify transformation/ change-agent training, and find easy-to-manage, environmentally friendly fuel for our energy needs.

~ 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 Scorching Sun

  1. Nelson & Sue says:

    It is heart wrenching to hear your description of spreading devastation in the valley that stretches across multiple nations to force multitudes of families into impoverished existence. These inferior conditions of suffering are less than the Creators original intention blessing and abundance. He is releasing more visionaries to join you to implementing solutions for transformation. We are praying with you and the camels for transformation of our minds and your land

  2. Debbi DiGennaro says:

    Thanks for the reminder. (That charcoal last night sure did make good steaks though.) We planted a tree on our compound last month, but the neighbor boy cut it down with a scissors.

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