“For I Know the Plans…”

Do you enjoy planning? Comparing Western culture to African culture — overgeneralization acknowledged — the former is much more planning-oriented than the latter. And in this respect, I typify the Western stereotype just as much as Ibrahim typifies the African. That makes life interesting (smile)!

The brunt of the contrast (not between me and Ibrahim, but between cultures) landed on us really hard last week. The same day that a DOVE Medical Missions (DMM) team was leaving the States for a medical camp in South Sudan, we received a call from our host on the ground. “We are not ready for the doctors yet. Can they wait a week or two?” O MY!

You and I both know that a team that has been planning a trip for months or even years cannot just “wait a week or two.” We didn’t understand. The preparation had been thorough. The consent had been given. The required information had been sent. The advance team from DOVE Nairobi had arrived in Morobo. We sincerely thought everything was ready.

Thankfully, with excellent emergency logistics from DOVE’s Ephraim Tumusiime in Uganda, all was not lost. DMM is busy this week in Northern Uganda, doing a great and much-needed work there. But even so, we are all left asking a lot of “whys.”

Isn’t it so reassuring to know that God has answers to all of them? The abrupt change was not abrupt to Him. He knew it all the time.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Prov. 19:21).

We are often deceived into thinking that we are the ones who ‘have things in control.’ But that is just an illusion – or maybe a temporary state resulting from our own determination to walk outside of God’s principles and will. Ultimately, God is the one in charge, and obviously He is a much better planner and manager than you or I can ever be.

Relax, we’re in good hands!

~ 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 “For I Know the Plans…”

  1. Grace Robuck says:

    Diane,

    It was so good to see Ibrahim again but missed seeing you! Had a wonderful trip to northern Uganda, the people there really appreciated having us there!!!  We do not know God’s plans but need to trust He always knows best!   We had a few days of not ‘doing’ anything since plans were being finalized but for me it was a time to just sit and rest awhile away from the hustle and bustle of life and be with other Christians and God!

    Thank you for all you do and the work you put into ministry, 

    Love & Prayers,

    Grace

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