Kenyan Entrepreneurs

Michael is my co-host in Kenya along with Simon.  Michael is a business leader and also pastors a church.  Simon is a pastor and also runs an expanding NGO (non profit charity HIV center).

Michael is 28 years of age and worked his way through school doing what I did for a year also – cleaning rest rooms.  He is the classic entrepreneur.  He has been promoted 4 times and is now the CFO for a large fiber optic company working in 3 or 4 nations. He negotiated a big deal with the government this week including an expansion of a major customer while serving me in several big events that he helped to prepare.

He also owns several businesses and loves Jesus.  Michael hosted us for lunch in his home away from home back in his village, or the town where he grew up, outside of Nairobi, where he now  lives and works and pastors his church.  He bought a new building in this growing town and is remodeling it and will have a guest house with restaurant, internet cafe, a hardware store and more. Many pastors here are in the workplace and entrepreneurs.

Michael represents my hope for the next generation.  I will do anything to help him grow in Christ as a key next generation leader in Kenya.  He is why I travel and write and spend time with young leaders when at home in OKC.

Spent 7 and 1/2 hours driving back and forth to Michael’s second home.  In the US it may have been one third of that.  The back dirt roads, the stand still traffic jams, and the thousands of people on the roadside in the congested areas slow the drive.  Corruption from  former governments has taken billions from basic  needs and lined the pockets of politicians.

We need to appreciate our roads in the US; and water and power without blackouts etc.  We have much to be thankful for.  I will now even write about the slums tonight,  I have a great RESPECT for these folks and what they deal with patiently every day.

I Preach in Simon’s church tomorrow and spend some time with his family and maybe Michael tomorrow.  Day 21 is Monday and we head HOME!

Thanks for praying!

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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