I Saw God's Fingerprints

by Dale Fisher


"My family photo, where is it?" I said to myself, when it was time to share it with our TLM national leaders in Kenya. I looked in the normal outside zip-compartment where I keep it in my luggage, but it was gone. Two days later, I opened an encouragement card that Marti had tucked into my bag and discovered a better photo than the one I had "lost." I was so encouraged to see this and other "fingerprints of God" on my trip to Kenya last month. He'd supplied my need even before I had noticed the need was there.

When God supplied twice the number of baseball hats I needed, as I described in my e-newsletter article, I again saw his fingerprints on this trip.

Even before I flew to Kenya, I knew that God was working. Custom image of a fingerprint with Jesus' cross on it.For a number of years, I'd wanted to buy for a class prop a special kind of hat called an ambassador's hat, a.k.a. Karakul hats. This type of hat was worn by Leonid Brezhnev and Winston Churchill. Made of astrakhan fur or Persian lambs' wool, they usually cost $250 to $375. As I was pricing them on the internet, I found a used one for just $20. There was only one and the size was exactly my size! Two weeks later, it arrived from Lithuania. I saw God's fingerprints on that purchase even before the trip began.

Another example of God showing up was during a mentoring interview that I did with Pastor Wilson in the last class session I taught. It was a twenty-minute model of a mentoring appointment; but at the same time it was an actual interview. It wasn't rehearsed or staged. I was least confident about this lesson, of all the lessons that I taught during the entire trip. I really had to trust God with this mentoring interview because I'm fairly new and inexperienced in mentoring. God really showed up during the interview; it went so well that when it ended, the class clapped, which was another of God's fingerprints on this trip, and a reminder the he's there and that he rewards those who step out in faith and trust him with the results.

Numerous Kenyan pastors continued to wear the hats even after the class was over, wearing them next at tea time, as well as on following days.

The pastors continued to wear the hats even after the class was over,
wearing them next at tea time, as well as on following days.


Dale's mentoring interview with Wilson went much better than expected.

Dale's mentoring interview with Wilson went much better than expected.


Dale loved wearing his new ambassador's hat, especially up there
at Nyahururu, Kenya, since it has an 8,000' elevation and is cool.

Dale loved wearing his new ambassador's hat, especially up there
at Nyahururu, since it has an 8,000' elevation and is cool.


I actually didn't realize all of God's fingerprints on this trip until I paused and looked back, recalling all that he'd done. I need to look for his fingerprints every day.

14And Abraham called the name of that place "The Lord Will Provide." — Genesis 22:14a NASV

. . . and this is where we get the name of God — Jehovah Jireh — the Lord our Provider.