Understanding the Experiences of Life: Why Douglas Monene

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Understanding the Experiences of Life: Why Douglas Monene

If you were able to accomplish all that you did while struggling with the mountain, what can you do now that it is cast into the sea?

Yeshua (Jesus) said,

“If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.” –John 15:7

Repeating these words over and over to myself at night as I fell asleep, I would ask God,

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Celebrating Passover, March 2013.

“How is this possible?”

Understanding the verse to mean I could have whatever I wanted, I sought to grasp the “if” clause that empowered its truth.

  • If you abide in me
  • If my words abide in you

THEN…

  • You shall ask what you will
  • It shall be done unto you
Moon rise over Mt. Rainier, Washington, October 2013.

Moon rise over Mt. Rainier, Washington, October 2013.

Abiding in Him seemed a simple idea; I felt I had accomplished this during my trial with the mountain in my life. His words abiding in me seemed more complex. Was that as simple as memorizing, or was there more to it? Asking what I will and having it done unto me seemed like magic. What was the formula? Could I have the desires of my heart like it says in Psalm 37:4?

After all, God had cast the mountain into the sea for me. Why could He not do what was in my heart?

Because I did not know what was in my heart, which meant I could not ask, and therefore it could not be done unto me…

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The view from Mt. Olives overlooking Jerusalem, March 2012.

Living with the mountain as long as I had obscured my view from anything remotely of interest to myself. Thinking that I needed to share my deliverance globally, I took a sabbatical from the small congregation I was attending to seek the Lord for direction and help in understanding the experiences of life. Attempting to search every avenue at my disposal, I traveled to Israel, New York, Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Florida, read inspirational books, visited other congregations, spent time with my family, and dedicated myself to listening.

Nothing motivated me.

How is that possible?” you ask.

Believe me, I wondered at it, too.

Lying in bed one Sabbath, I mused over all my adventures, lack of inspiration, and not understanding the experiences of life in general. Perhaps what I needed was an individual to inspire me. I considered how much I enjoyed the charming personality of my son. I reflected on my attraction to African Americans in my early twenties, and wondered at the fascination I had towards them.

Shofars are blown on feast days, and specifically on Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah 99 times, Tacoma, Washington, September 2013.

Shofars are blown on feast days, and specifically on Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah 99 times, Tacoma, Washington, September 2013.

Considering my joy in keeping the Sabbath and the festivals of the Lord, I thought that at least I should be involved with people who worship on the Sabbath. It might be a bit of a stretch to ask for them to understand the feast days, but keeping the Sabbath is a pivotal point.

I am naturally drawn to individuals younger than myself rather than those of my age group. Deciding that the best age would be under 39, I rolled over and went to sleep, thinking that it would be impossible for me to find all those components together in one person.

Subsequently, I was on a webinar one day with friends of mine, discussing the network marketing opportunity of Talk Fusion. At the end of the session, the moderator, Leslie Brown, introduced several attendees who were on their video cameras.

Leslie Brown introduced me to Douglas Monene; Jim and Leslie are Blue Diamonds with Talk Fusion, May 2014.

Leslie Brown introduced me to Douglas Monene; Jim and Leslie are Blue Diamonds with Talk Fusion, Federal Way, Washington, May 2014.

“Oh,” she exclaimed, “we are privileged today to have Douglas with us on the webinar, who is from Kenya. He is working with school aged children in the slums of Nairobi.” Saying hello to Douglas in the chat box, I thought no more of it until he attempted to connect with me on Facebook.

During a lengthier discussion on Skype, my interest was piqued when I discovered three things:

  • He kept the Sabbath
  • He was under 39
  • His personality was charming and engaging, just like my son’s
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Douglas introducing me to the children of Ingrid in October 2012.

Amazing how it fit the criteria I found buried in my heart! Do you think it was a coincidence? Learning that I was an instructor, Douglas invited me to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to the children of Ingrid Education Centre, which he had founded in 2005. Of all the subjects I have taught, ESL is my favorite. How could I refuse?

Arriving in Kenya for the first time in October 2012 felt like coming home. I knew this was where I belonged, where God had called me to share my experiences, and create a work He wanted me to do. Finally, at long last, I felt inspired, motivated, alive, and eager to begin doing what God wanted me to do. Additionally, I no longer felt alone in the world.

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Douglas Monene Onkware standing above Lake Elementaita, Kenya, at Sunbird Lodge, January, 2013.

With the mountain in my life gone, quiet entered into my life that seeped into the essence of my soul, creating an empty echo. Longing to do something with what I had learned from my experiences caused me to search for common points of interest embodied in a single individual, which would allow me to focus my efforts.

Who would have thought that I would have found my heart’s desire in Kenya? Struggling with the mountain in my life strengthened me to have the energy for work on a global scale. Abiding in God and allowing His words to abide in me created a conduit for His will to bubble up through my desires and helped me in understanding the experiences of life.

The following video provides further commentary about Ingrid Education Centre from the founder, Douglas Monene Onkware:

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