Loss

Using the words “my late brother” is shocking and painful. On Saturday April 7, we celebrated the life of my late brother, David Diener. The day after his death was Easter. The day after that, his 67th birthday.

David had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just five weeks before.  Now there are only two of us living among my parents’ four children: I and my brother, Larry. David leaves behind two children, four grandchildren and a loving wife.

I remember David as a larger-than-life big brother who I was so proud of. Being ten years my elder, David went to boarding school during high school and then off to college. So we didn’t really “grow up together.” But I bragged about him: impressive things that he built, sports at which he excelled and daring feats that he accomplished. I also remember that he scared me silly one time by jumping over a bonfire (I had an uncanny fear of fire when young) and sometimes got in trouble for teasing me too much.

David (front center in above photo) lived an abundant life, always active and always serving others. It feels like it was cut short mid-sentence.  But despite the grief, we thank God that David’s suffering was not too prolonged and that we had several weeks to handle the good-byes. We are also grateful that many from the family were together in Fort Collins, Colorado for his memorial, including three of our children.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” -Jesus (in John 10:10).

~ 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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24 Responses to Loss

  1. Annette Ganzenberg says:

    Hi Diane,

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. May the Lord’s comfort, peace and strength surround you and your family at this time.

    Annette

  2. So sorry for your loss, Diane. He sounded like a great big brother!

    • Thanks for your kind words and concern, Steve. Our time together with David was quite limited — with us living in Kenya and him in Colorado which was not usually on our U.S. itinerary. But we held each other in very high regard. He was special to our boys, since he loved hunting, skiing, hiking etc and hosted them during some of their school holidays.

  3. Brian Fulmer says:

    Thanks for sharing Diane. I wish I could have met David. It is always shocking to hear of someone who is healthy one day and then passes so soon. I pray blessings over his family and yours.

  4. tim wenger says:

    Thanks Diane for sharing.

    I’m sorry for the loss you have experienced.

    Bless you today,

    Tim

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  5. imdonna says:

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a brother is extremely painful, especially when it happens so suddenly. Hugs.

    Donna

  6. Grace Robuck says:

    Remembering you in this time and know you will see him again. Praying for you all Grace

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  7. Heather Hoffman says:

    Diane & family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You wrote a touching and honorary tribute of your brother. Praying you and your family and David’s family will experience an abundance of comfort during this time and the next years. Much love to you. Heather Hoffman

  8. Valiant Rensink says:

    Much love to you during this loss. Grace and peace sustain you.

    • Thank you, Val. God is definitely sustain us and we believe the same can be said for his children and wife. The fact that we were here in the States at just the “right” time, and even booked to travel to Denver that very day, are such a tangible evidence to us of God’s sovereignty in this and in everything we walk through in life. It was great to connect again while we were there in SC. Many blessings!

  9. Kate Shaffer says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. While there is rejoicing in heaven, we have tears on earth. I am thankful that God is near to the brokenhearted.Love to you and Ibrahim.

  10. Priscilla mutungi says:

    Diane, I am so sorry for your loss.
    This was a powerful tribute to your brother.
    Good memmories will keep you going, Gods grace renewed every morning to be upon you and your household.
    Priscilla.

  11. Mum Diane,
    Sorry for the loss of your brother, together with your family in prayers.

  12. george says:

    May the peace of God be with you and the rest of the family, Amen

  13. Ephraim Tumusiime says:

    So sorry to learn of this loss of your brother. May the Lord cover you with His peace. Thank you for the tribute that reveals your strength in Him. Many blessings. We love you!

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