February 14, 2013
Several nights ago, Kenya had its first ever Presidential Debate. It was held live on TV for the entire country to watch. It was certainly a big moment for the country, and for days it is all everyone has been talking about. As the elections on March 4th come closer, it has got me thinking more and more how important leadership is. In a country like Kenya, a good leader can literally raise a country out of poverty and a bad leader can keep a country begging for help.
In case you did not know, CARE for AIDS is very passionate about leadership (I should say good leadership). Leadership is something that we highly value as an organization. Not only does that apply to our staff, but we also feel a calling to demonstrate and encourage good leadership in the communities we work and with our church partners.
In fact, we are so passionate about it that we decided to host a “Servant Leadership Conference” next month in Kenya! We are excited about the event and have been busy the last few weeks finalizing all the details. We have been able to get some incredible speakers, including Mark Miller, and several other well-known Kenyan leaders in the business and financial arena.
Our focus is servant leadership, and our aim is to teach biblical leadership principles. Since we know that Biblical leadership is essential in every sector, not just in ministry, we want to reach leaders in every sphere of influence. Each speaker will be discussing servant leader and what that looks like in the church, in a business, and in the community.
For those of you that may be wondering why an organization that helps people with HIV is hosting a leadership event, let me tell you!
- Like I said, we are passionate about good leadership. Over the last five years of CFA, we have been able to connect to various groups, businesses, agencies, and churches across Kenya. Now we want to use those connections to influence leaders across the country.
- We exist as an organization to empower the local church. Our specific avenue is HIV/AIDS, but part of our goal is to also empower local churches to be the hands and feet of Christ in the community. This event will greatly stress the how leaders can help the local church be a light for hurting people in the community.
- Lastly, we want to bring attention our work at CARE for AIDS. Becoming known and connected to other businesses and organizations takes time. We hope this conference will bring attention to our efforts, excite people about what we are doing, and engage people to partner with us.
As Kenya looks forward to its presidential election on March 4th and we continue getting the conference ready, please pray! Pray that God would allow a president to be elected that will point the country to Him. And pray that God would open doors for people to come to this conference. We truly believe that the principles taught at the conference have the potential to change Kenya. If you know any organizations or people in Kenya that would be interested, please contact us and let us know. We would love to invite them personally!