A Good African Time

While dealing with different cultures in various industries within the US for many years, I learned that not every group of people regarded time in the same way.  For example, a sales rep would schedule for 1pm, then call at 2:30pm and say they just arrived at the airport and would be there by 3pm.

But this trip I am having my faith and patience expanded.  Yesterday, a business leader meeting was to be from 5pm to 7pm.  I was worried when they changed our room 3 times and we could not even get in until 5pm to set up. But, my host Simon remained calm. At 5pm there were 10 people, and at 530pm there were maybe 25.  We postponed the start until 6pm.  Everyone was calm but me.  At 6pm we had about 50 plus and were able to begin.

I gave two brief talks with questions in between and was extremely well received. Leaders were there from key government slots, education, and business.  There were a number of pastors who had not attended on Thursday who are also in business.  By 7pm we had maybe 75 to 80 and they kept coming until 830pm. We had dinner and great conversations at 730pm and ended with about 90 to 95 total in attendance. We stayed until 10pm and there were still 25 to 3o people; we heard the last group left at 1130pm. They love to fellowship here.

We sold all the English horses books that I brought from Nigeria and some Swahili that the pastors chose.   Many bought two books and I signed a bunch.  We will continue to give to pastors and sell to workplace leaders and use proceeds to help our local partners raise money and contacts and become resource center for leaders.

My host Simon is prompt and has been such a marvelous servant.  He is in the final approval process of getting government approval for a PASTORS Evangelical Alliance.  This will help spread our teaching for equipping, outward focused churches, and bridge building.

Thanks for praying.

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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