Being Prepared

One word could describe what many Kenyans seem to be thinking about lately: security. This past Saturday I was at a neighborhood meeting. The subject was security. The meeting came in response to increased attacks, robberies and even murders in our neighborhood. Many are in a state of panic.

This week we are holding a Disaster Response and Security training in Mombasa. Just a few weeks ago, Mombasa was the venue for another gathering that was discussing Jihad and how to unleash terror. So I was not really surprised with the large turnout of nearly 200 trainees: IDRN trainingbishops, pastors and church members alike who are mindful about their personal security and that of their communities.

I must admit I am very encouraged.

Encouraged, because quite often people just feel hopeless in the face of a disaster. They believe that there is nothing they can do except pray and wait for help to come. But that is changing as we gain more awareness and build more capacity.

IDRN Ibrahim splinting

First Aid Exercise

I believe that if enough of us become aware of our surroundings and learn what we can do to prevent or respond to a disaster, God will use us. We might actually be in a position to save lives. In fact, one of the participants in last year’s training was involved in triage, counseling and transportation of victims after the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall last September. If we can be willing to consider possibilities that we usually do not want to think about, be vigilant and develop safety habits, it will go a long way to secure our neighborhoods and by extension our nations.

Definitely our ultimate security is in Christ! We are sheltered in the shadow of His wings. As the world becomes more insecure and terrorism is on the rise, God expects us to pray, even pray “without ceasing.” But he also wants us to be relevant in this world. We must be alert, vigilant, and ready to take action when the need arises.

~ 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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5 Responses to Being Prepared

  1. Ephraim Tumusiime says:

    You are very right.

  2. And this is why we have been stepping up our prayer efforts for the Omondi’s!

  3. says:

    Dear Ibrahim, Thank you for sharing this with us. We will be praying for you. It sounds like an awful situation. I can understand problems in Mombasa, but what has contributed to the increased levels of attacks and crimes in other areas? Blessings! Stan

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  5. When we have over 70% unemployment – angry and dissatisfied youth – increased corruption – teachers and doctors threatening to go on strike – increased government spending without enough money – a President and deputy answer criminal cases at the Hague…. then we have a recipe for insecurity. Thank you for your prayers!

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