Leaving a Legacy – Role Models

(Originally written March, 2007)

What are you doing today to leave a legacy for tomorrow?  Marnie and Agnes are business leaders that are answering that question.  They left the Philippines in 1980 and immigrated to the United States.  Landing in San Diego, they eventually moved to Los Angeles.  There they became followers of Jesus Christ.  After a few years they started a business to care for Senior Citizens.  They started with one house with six beds.  A few months later, after it was filled, they opened another one.  Then every year or so they added another house and six more beds.  Eventually they had seven houses and forty two beds.  Finally, these houses were consolidated into a larger sixty bed facility.

During these years of rapid expansion in their business, they were also growing in their spiritual lives.  As new believers they had joined a strong church that taught the Bible; they also joined a Bible Study Fellowship group.  A few years later they began meeting with other business owners in a Christ@ Work group.  Each week they looked at the Bible and their business activities and to see how they lined up.  As they learned that God was the real owner of their business, they begin to look at it differently.  They sought to do business with excellence in serving their clients.  Marnie and Agnes were constantly looking for new ways to serve their employees and business associates.  God continued to teach them what it meant to run a business for Jesus Christ.  Because they ran a good business, it continued to expand.  After nearly twenty years in business, they found themselves running two facilities of over 160 beds.

A couple of years ago their excellent business was noticed by national firms.  Within a few months they received four unsolicited offers for their business.  After months of prayer, counsel, and negotiation, they sold their business in the fall of 2006.  Many couples would have begun to enjoy the “good life” and the fruit of their labor.  I met Marnie at our FCCI Conference last fall shortly after they had sold their firm.  He stated that they wanted to become active Legacy Leaders and give these years to mentoring other business owners.  They were particularly interested in returning to the Philippines and helping us develop our ministry there, a ministry which we had just opened up weeks before.  I told them that we might be returning to the Philippines early this year to hold some seminars.  They eagerly waited for the opportunity.  Marnie went through our Small Group Leader Training even though he was a veteran of over ten years as a small group attendee.

In the Philippines, Marnie and Agnes gave their testimony at seminars, met with men’s and women’s groups at the local churches, met individually with countless business leaders, and taught the Small Group Leader Training in two cities.  Their experience, training, real life examples, and maturity in their walk with Christ was an encouragement to the team and everyone that they encountered.  Less than six months after they had sold the business, they were half way around the world, traveling at their own expense, impacting numerous business leaders in their native land.  I do not know what was more encouraging, the hunger of the business leaders that they were serving or the satisfaction that they received from investing so deeply in so many lives.  At every dinner or meeting you could see Agnes sharing privately with a group of women and Marnie having a one on one conversation with another leader.  They were investing their golden years into the lives of business leaders that wanted to take Christ to their marketplace.  Yes, Agnes had to leave the grandkids for a few weeks, but she was ministering to spiritual children in the Philippines that will yield fruit for years to come.

There will still be time for the family, friends, travel, and leisure.  However, Marnie and Agnes will probably be returning many times to the Philippines to invest into the next generation of leaders.  The hunger and receptivity of the Philippine business leaders is amazing.  They want to learn how to run their businesses well and represent Christ while doing it.  When Marnie and Agnes return to Los Angeles, they will have more opportunities to serve the next generation of leaders in “one on one” mentoring.  They may travel to other cities and nations.  They are definitely hooked and have found joy in sharing what they have learned with the next generation of leaders.  God has blessed their family and business and they want to pass that blessing on to countless others.  Will you go into a normal retirement or will you get prepared now to leave a Legacy to the next generation of leaders?

Investing for eternity,

Kent Humphreys

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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