LEMP - I can't really get the words that can describe it. Is it a course, a program, or a class? I choose to call it a life-changing moment, because it is in LEMP that my life was transformed and where I discovered my purpose. My first day experience while going to LEMP can be a summary of how my life was before I joined this life-changing program. It was Saturday morning, 26th January 2019. I woke very eager to start this program that my friend had introduced me to. Well, my aim was just not to make my friend mad at me for not attending, hence I expected nothing. I tagged along with my sister and being on Saturday with less traffic jam we were in the city centre within minutes. To cut the long story short we got lost for approximately 2 hours. Not because I don't know Nairobi, but because I thought I knew everything. I was following Google maps, and that's how I found myself straying in Industrial Area, yet the venue was at Y.W.C.A along Nyerere Road. Well, finally after wasting a lot of time and money on credit to call LEMP for directions, my sister and I got there very tired and exhausted. My story shows how I used to live - thinking that I knew it all about life. That I was too intelligent to ask for directions. That I am so spiritual, God fearing and holier than thou. Then the moment came, the life-changing one. Yes, LEMP. The first session took me by storms and and I was so eager to get more of that stuff. I made a date with LEMP every Saturday and it became my form ya sato (My Saturday engagement). My spiritual life, my purpose, my priorities and every aspect of my life, both my social and economical life was clearly defined. I was impressed by the approach the program uses to teach, which recognizes that we are all from different backgrounds and we are on different paths to our destiny. I feel the program happened at the right time when I am building my life to what I want it to be. I can say confidently that having gone through LEMP, I am now effectively equipped financially, spiritually, physically, mentally, socially, professionally and emotionally. I will appeal to everyone wishing to discover their purpose to join LEMP, and you will not only benefit remarkably, but even those who/will look up on you will attest that indeed you passed through a great mentorship program. Thank you LEMP. Paul Rukwaro, LEMP Season 12 Alumni and student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
Thanks to God for His grace and mercy. My name is Esther Maina, and here is my story. I attended LEMP Season 9 for 10 weeks. I was abandoned, bitter, confused, frustrated and rejected. But I am not ashamed of all that because those few weeks gave me what my 16 years of formal education failed to provide to me. For that short season, my physical, emotional and spiritual systems opened up as if they just got invented. I thank my Facebook friend (who I had not met before) for introducing me to LEMP. He used his social media effectively! I was lying in a hospital bed that particular evening after visitation hours since I had been bed ridden for a couple of weeks. My locomotion was shattered. I could only move my arms and my head sideways. Family members came in turns to visit me, at least three times a day, and make sure I was well fed. I relied on them, the nurses and ward passers-by for anything I wanted moved, even my body. Not even one of my friends came to visit me in hospital! That was the hardest time of my life. At least, my hand could move under the pillow and reach for my phone, which was so lucky to have survived the accident with me. I consider that a miracle too because things happen to accident victims’ properties but here I was scrolling my phone through social media accounts. I found an advertisement of LEMP Season 9, inquired and applied that very moment. After a few weeks, I was all well and walking. The season kicked off and I started classes with a lot of excitement. I knew I was way older than most people in class, probably a few years younger than the founder himself, I felt I needed this more than anyone else in the class. I made new friends, interacted with intellectuals from different institutions, listened to many who faltered like I did; this whole interaction with the mentees birthed a family for me. But what I value most are the lessons I learnt that season that got me asking; how on earth have I been living? “You are here on earth for a season and for a reason” stopped being a cliché or a high-school parade phrase. Psalm 90:10 actually applied inside my brain. That I had 70 years (or 80 years if added a bonus) to live, and these years are supposed to be accounted for at the end of it all. My big question became, how shall I account for the days I have lived here on earth? I thought I knew who I was. A degree holder, certified job-seeker in the streets of Nairobi and other major towns for the last 6 years. A mother and a wanna-be Nobel Prize Laureate for environment and sustainable development. I was once a student leader in different student organizations, if I was able to reason with very knowledgeable people in the university, what more could I have done in the village? I had a vision to be a great servant leader. But then, I lived from hand to mouth did a lot of things just to try luck. From hawking second hand clothes in Muthurwa. Being a tea girl in a kibandaski, doing laundry for people at a fee in my hood, and working for Mr. Chiloba; are just a few of the jobs I did. Before all this, I had wasted a lot of time during my campus years and even after. Partying with my girls (who I thought were my best friends forever), club hopping and raving carelessly. I had slept on my talents in writing and abandoned my useful hobbies in conservation. I always postponed doing things because I was always drinking alcohol and if sober, I feared to fail. I enjoyed a wrong company of friends who the only mentorship they gave was ‘how to live once’. I regretted having abandoned my faith in Jesus Christ and indulging in a crazy appetite for things that only brought shame to me and my mother. What happened to me? I was once the good girl in the village. The whole family had hopes in me considering that I was the first person to go to the university from my family, the second in my village. This hope fell apart somewhere along the way and I couldn’t trace it back. They stopped believing in me and consulting me, in fact I became a mock of the family. I had chosen a wrong path and developed a care free attitude, which was a great problem because I gave the devil a gateway to my soul, to use me as he pleased. Well, he did use me for quite some time until I surrendered to God. To cut the story short, I realized I was living a lie, when I enrolled in LEMP! I was enabled to view things from a whole different perspective which existed but I was ignorant of it. I became time conscious and even people around started respecting my time. I created time to volunteer and opportunities to work as a volunteer also opened up. Now I am a youth leader and mentor at my church and in my community. I got to know how to write very nice job application letters. I remember immediately after the season, I applied for a job that made a potential employer schedule a meeting, book a flight from Northern Kenya with his colleague to come interview me. I was taught how to tackle job interviews. A few weeks ago, I passed an interview and got a job. I got mentally and physically fit from an almost-state of depression. I got to understand I was meant to teach and mentor people to live effectively. That I had a calling in preaching and teaching the word of God, when I thought I was on earth to pass a generation like millions of my age mates around the world. My identity, purpose and destiny appeared to me like a vision at night. Like a new born baby; I wanted to nurture what God had revealed to me. I am a testimony that it is never too late to discover God’s will in our lives. By His grace and mercy we are saved from self-destruction no matter the age or race. LEMP is not just a class you enroll to be certified; it’s a platform that God is using to transform lives, an opportunity to learn and discover your purpose and to live an exemplary life here on earth. After all, we shall all be held accountable of our very own deeds and words.
I'm grateful to God for the great work you are doing at LEMP of challenging individuals to live effectively and with great value. I have been privileged to attend the LEMP 101 Course, and I can attest of how transformative LEMP is. I have improved on the values of time management in all my dealings, managing my environment and interactions, and exercising excellence in my actions. I have also been reaching out in motivating and encouraging my friends circles who are stressed by life experiences. All the references is from the Bible, for we do not rely on human wisdom but on our Creator. I have committed myself to be part of the LEMP family and looking forward to the 2019 calendar of events to be circulated so that we walk together in this. Thank you and may God continually expand LEMP. Kind regards William Kedienye, LEMP Season 11 Alumni.
This is the true story of my life...... My Name is Okwakau Melkizedeck. Four years ago after my Form Four, I thought that nothing is possible for me after KCSE results were out. I had a good grade, but not good enough to secure me a direct entry into the university. Our family is one of those that were deeply affected by the 2007-2008 post-election violence, and therefore getting to go to the university as a self-sponsored student was unthinkable. That time I never knew anyone who could just advice or encourage me about life and what really matters most in life. The first thing that always came into my mind was "mujengo" (casual construction work), which I did and earned a daily income of Kshs 300. It was not easy but I was trying to get something for myself. After struggling for some months as a "Mtu wa Mkono", I opted for working in a barber shop, then later on in a Car Wash. By this time, my younger brother was in university and also trying to make his ends meet. Sometimes I used to think how my life will be when my brother will be driving. It made me decide to follow my brother to Nairobi so that at least we can learn the way of life together, eat together when we had and go hungry together when we lacked - all our lives we have been living side by side from early ages to date. The one thing God gave us is a strong Family bond, full of love. In Nairobi things were never much better, but at least when my brother left his books behind I used study them a little and gain some knowledge. That used to help me a lot. My brother sometimes used come with his different friends and at times we used to go together with him to his university. I made lots of friends and was exposed due to the interactions. That is when I realized that when you stay with people with knowledge after some time you'll be like them; that is if you decide to be like them. Those friends made me learn a lot. With my brother, we always believed in a better future and therefore, staying motivated and being positive were our order of life. After some few months my brother introduced LEMP (Living Effectively Mentorship Program) into my life. At first I was not willing to join because I was always concerned about getting into university, without knowing I was ignoring a very important part of my life; and that my life needed something much more important - Mentorship. Of course he always insisted. At the time LEMP was running Season 5 and I only attended one class then disappeared. Days passed by then my cousin gave me Kshs 9000 to join KCA University to study Accountancy. My fee for the semester was Kshs 28000. I deferred because I had no one or anywhere to get and pay my balance. After five months I went back to the university and a month later I had nothing to pay for my fees then my in-law paid my fees, including for my KASNEB exams. I wanted to defer for the second time but my Brother-in-law paid the fees for me. I finished that semester and as usual the following semester was no much different, I had know one to pay my fees. I stayed In the house without any hope of going back to the university for a whole year without doing anything, I was really depressed. One day on Whats app I saw my brother advertising for LEMP Season 9. I decided just to go for a session because I was idle in the house and thought to myself that after all I had nothing to loose; that was when my life changed completely. I thank Douglas Waudo, our mentor who made me abide by to biblical teachings. Right from the first day, first class I felt that I needed more. I believe that this was God's timing in my life. After four classes I realized that the biggest problem I had was with my self-esteem, and that was what almost made me fail in life. Courage came from nowhere. Even before the 6th class I got a modeling job because of that courage from LEMP. In LEMP I realize my purpose and passion. I graduated from LEMP, and I am now living effectively without struggling with life like life before LEMP. Two weeks after graduating from LEMP, I got another job that pays well. Now I can pay my fees and save for my future. From LEMP I learnt that you "DON'T WAIT FOR A CRISIS FOR YOU TO START SOMETHING, THE TIME TO START IS NOW". From then I always trust God to direct me in everything I do. I have learned not to wait for change to happen, but to make things happen. I appeal to all to join LEMP, where you will discover your purpose in life and get answers to life's most challenging questions. Okwakau Melkizedeck, LEMP Season 9 Alumni.
My name is Odede Ezekiel Oduor, a 5th-year student civil engineering at the University of Nairobi… what I learnt in LEMP is that in networking, it's about the people who know you, not the people you know. This has helped me a lot as I now strategically introduce myself, and engage more with big wigs in the industry when I meet them. Unlike before when I would simply say hi, exchange cards, and take selfies and that was all. Investing in myself Since I joined LEMP I am in the process of reading my second book. From the knowledge I have gained so far, I have managed to save and start an Mpesa business… I am still planning to open more of them. I have also learnt about habit - why we do what we do and how to change it. This has really helped me to realise that habits are just but a bunch of decisions we once made and therefore simply making a decision can also change the bad habits. Attending LEMP LEMP is really helping me answer life’s biggest questions: Who am I; What is my identity; Where did I come from, and What is my purpose in life. As a result, I have started reading and understanding the human manual (the Bible). I have also come to understand that I have a purpose on this earth, and I do have enormous hidden potential in me that I can tap into and reach my greatness. LEMP has helped me understand that this life is about other people and the legacy you leave behind is what matters a lot. I have also learned that my destiny is in my hands, for I am the CEO of my life. CV writing and looking for a job Through LEMP, I realised that one of the things that would make me stand out during job applications was how I present my CV. I have since revised my CV and packaged it to reflect my great wealth of knowledge, experience, skills and personal attributes, which I believe will now give me a competitive advantage in the job market. Odede Ezekiel Oduor, LEMP Season 7 Alumni
“Titles don’t define leaders. Actions and deeds define leaders. I want to be this kind of a leader. This is exactly what LEMP has taught me. And what’s more, I’ve got to increase my knowledge and feed my spirit and soul very well on a well-balanced diet: The Word (BIBLE), books, current issues, exercise etc. I am leaping out into being that leader, who is a LEADER. Titles DON’T give leaders. LEMP has a load of sweet things to feed on. I’ve eaten so well from it. I don’t regret one bit being associated with LEMP. Already, I am on my toes, working on my motivational book, writing more and more scripts every day. Alas! I got my eyes opened on this one: Nimewacha kulalia masikio (stopped sleeping on my talents and abilities). I am also already on with the drawing of cartoons and animals for primary school productions. I motivate at least two souls in a week as I target a thousand plus before the close of three years. I can’t say my circle of friendship is still the same. I now understand the essence of networking social media platforms. I’ve got to keep myself connected. You’ve got to know me! I got to network with you. Staying connected and networked is one of the to-do things that I can’t leave out when writing my schedule. I clearly understand the job market. I know the tricks. I only need to take a step and get down to it. My papers are clean and ready. I am a job creator: I know I am and you won’t convince me otherwise. Then, I know how to manage my finances, just ask me how. I can confidently say that I am not the person I was before joining LEMP and I assure you that I will not be the person I am today in the near future. I know what I was created for! I know the limits. I know what I stand for and against, fearlessly. I can clear cut what I want and what I don’t want, what I need and what I don’t need. I just can’t settle for anything! I have a plan. A plan for my future, a schedule for each week before it commences, with every minute well accounted for, giving each day my very best. Whatever I lay my hands on, I do with all my might. I no longer want to live like idiots; they spend too much time dreaming of the future, never realizing that a little of it arrives every day. This keeps me on my toes. Lastly, I know who I am: A spiritual being. Everything around me is about GOD. He made me. I’ve got to live my purpose. Only being and doing all I was created for. At least I now know that: GREATNESS WITHOUT PURPOSE IS A GRAVEYARD. Purpose is simply why we live!" Mary Wanjeri, Student, LEMP Season 6 Alumni and Student at the University of Nairobi.
"Joining LEMP is the best thing that happened to me the first quarter of this year. For years I have been longing to meet someone who could mentor me and guide me. It seemed my wishes were futile, until late last year when a friend told me about LEMP. After going through the brochure, I knew for sure that LEMP was a program I could not afford to miss. I wanted to know my purpose, maximise my God-given potential, live effectively on earth and become an agent of change in my family, to my buddies, church, society and nation. My sincere gratitude goes to LEMP fraternity for selflessly giving their time, resources and willingly choosing to share knowledge, experiences, ups and downs to ensure that young adults live a life of purpose, and avoid the mistakes of youthfulness. The nine LEMP modules were eye opening to me. From each module I learnt important lessons that I am using, and will continue to use as an effective agent of change. On spiritual development module, I learnt that I am a spiritual being; who is a spirit, that lives in a body and possesses a soul. The Spirit of God dwells in me, and whatever I do in my physical realm has spiritual consequences. My soul determines who I am. I have resolved to guard my mind because this where my self-dwells by constantly reading God’s word to saturate my heart and my mind because from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. My purpose is now clear and I am living it out in my own simple way, and this has brought fulfilment in my life. The Bible is my reference book, my manufacturer’s manual. From Personal Development module I now value expansion of one’s self-awareness, knowledge and improving personal skills. My energy is now refocused to better my strengths, and see to it that I deal with my weakness to be wholesome. I have enrolled for Tissue Culture training to improve my laboratory skills and read diverse range of books to expand my knowledge. To explore my creative side, I joined a friend who does face painting for kids. I now set goals to motivate myself and turn my vision into reality. Professional Development is very core in the competitive job market, and thus I am working to ensure that my knowledge, skills and experiences meet the job market demand to improve my chances of employment. I am looking forward to go for attachment in one of the research institutes, where I have already applied for. I now know how to write a presentable cover letter and CV, and how to negotiate for a competitive salary. I understand qualities that employers value and the necessary skills that I need in order to be hired. I believe I will have a successful interview when I will be looking for employment in the near future, because I will be too equipped to be ignored. Networking was something I didn’t value that much. However, I have resolved to connect with my lecturers for they have vast knowledge and experiences that is essential in my career development. I have learned to keep positive people in my network, and expand the circle of my network using every opportunity I get when I meet people in scope with my career. I will ensure I am known by them not just knowing them. Furthermore, I have learned to use social media as a resourceful platform to brand myself professionally. It is always everyone’s desire to be financially independent. Budgeting my money and time are the core values I also adopted from LEMP. Currently, I am saving up for my furnishing business that I plan to start during the long holiday. My health is my wealth, for without good health my wealth is useless and my purpose won’t be accomplished. I am reading articles on good nutrition and exercise. I am planning to have a weekly program of exercising. I have resolved to take care of my body for it is the vehicle to fulfilling my purpose on earth. After the module on Leadership Development I took an evaluation of myself as a leader and an agent of change. This made me desire to be a transformational leader like Jesus Christ, who was principled-centred, with strong character and integrity, and above all, spiritually founded. I desire to be a wise leader who will lead by example as I direct and guide others towards achievement of set objectives. I have also resolved that books on good leadership will be part of my library too. I am planning to nurture those behind me with reference to 2 Timothy 2:2. I believe with these skills and knowledge, I am fully equipped to be an agent of change with felt impact on my generation through the guidance of God and the Holy Spirit." Loice Mukami Kariuki, LEMP Season 6 Alumni and student at the University of Nairobi.
"For lack of better words, LEMP to me has been awesome and deep. It has really impacted my life. All the modules were helpful. They were eye-openers and really challenged me to question how I live my life. I will just share my take outs from each module: Spiritual Development: God created us for a purpose and our lives begin when we discover why we were created. I now understand well what being created in the image and likeness of God means. I am now certain of my purpose on earth, which is teaching the word of God. I still don't know how I will do it though I have decided to start within my circles. However, I am now taking classes on christian disciplines, doctrines and apologetics at Pathway Institute (in Mamlaka Hill Chapel) in order to prepare for the task. Its my hope and prayer that God will continue using me for the advancement of His Kingdom. Financial Development: If the picture of your future is not clear, you are not living. We all want to achieve financial stability but that alone is not enough if we do not take actions. That's the reality that hit me hard in the face and I decided to have a clear picture of my future. I always told myself that the best time to invest is yet to come only to be told that it was 10 years ago. For a start, I have opened an M-pesa and a photocopy shop in Machakos University. It is now operational and I want to add more machines (computers and printers) so that it will be a fully equipped cyber cafe come May this year. From this one step, my entrepreneurial journey has started and I won't stop until I have more chains of business. Personal Development: I didn't know much about personal development before I joined LEMP. I am now working on how to activate my dormant strength. I have also added a new skill. I enrolled for a driving school and I will be completing my test next week. Professional Development: One of the most educative classes. I used to send the same cover letter and CV for every job application. You can guess well: I was never called for interviews. I have now learned on how to check for details in the websites of hiring organisations, know the skills needed for the position and edit my CV and cover letter to match the position. I am now confident since I now know how to apply for a job and how to conduct myself during interviews. Networking Development: How could I know that there's something called online brand? I always knew that what happens in my private social media accounts is private. I learned that "internet never forgets' and that employers check the profiles of employees and prospective employees. I have updated all my accounts and I will now be careful on what what I post online. I realized that the people who I thought were in my network were not. I am the one who knows them but they have no idea who I am. Networking is not about who you know but who knows you. I have taken an initiative to get in contact with the people who I desire to be in my professional network and also create new networks. Physical Development: "Without health, wealth is useless." That quote just explains everything. The class was very informative. I won't forget the effects of drugs in the body, the importance of water, exercise and good diet. I will apply the information for my own physical development and also advice others accordingly. GOD BLESS LEMP." Daniel Musili, LEMP Season 6 Alumni and Student at the University of Nairobi.
"LEMP has completely changed my life. I lack a better word for it, however, 360° turn around would do. My attitude, perceptions, beliefs, actions, thoughts, knowledge and understanding towards my life have changed since the first day of the program. Before the program I didn’t know my purpose in life, but now I do. Leadership, serving and encouraging others is why I am on earth. I have a better understanding of what the Manual (The Bible) talks about my mind, body and soul. The Manual is now my main reference point. I didn’t know how to package my CV but now I am well-equipped on how to package it; how to apply for jobs; to prepare myself for interviews; how to act and answer questions on the day of the interview, and finally when given the job what I should focus on before saying yes to the offer. I have a clear and better understanding on how to create networks, and how I will network with people I know. Keeping in mind it’s not who I know, but who knows me. On lifestyle and health, I have a better understanding on the various lifestyle diseases. For instance, diabetes, and that I should manage stress appropriately, exercise, eat a balanced diet and detoxify my body in order to have good health. My main problem about money was how to spend it and how to save and account for it appropriately. However, after the program, I now have a clear understanding on how to develop myself financially, how money works, how to keep money and how to grow it. Leadership, being my purpose in life, I intend to practice the leadership style JESUS used. This is servant and transformational leadership style. LEMP 360° has been an eye opener in my life, I have learned so much I didn’t know before." Lorine Kemunto Kangwana, student at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology in Siaya County, and LEMP Season 5 Alumni.
"It has been a few short months since I first had the LEMP experience. However, it has been one of my most interesting moments. Immediately I cleared my last paper in campus in December 2016, I attended an aptitude test that was administered by one of the leading local banks for its internship program. There were 2,105 applicants, and as l latter came to understand they only wanted 14 people. The lessons that I learnt in LEMP came in really handy through the 5-stage recruitment process, but the most crucial bit was during the interviews. On networking, I cheerfully interacted with one of the managers who was administering the test and he turned out to be the one of the guys that conducted my oral interview. I made sure I refreshed his memory. During the day of the interview, I inquired from one of the cleaners on the character traits of the interviewers to prepare adequately. Since I was aware that we were being watched, I started chatting with my fellow interviewees and we shared our expectations. I knew they wanted someone with leadership qualities. I responded to the questions using the names of the ones who asked, and maintained eye contact. Interestingly, the questions they asked are those taught in LEMP on employability training. I got the position, a chance which had a probability of 14/2105. I appreciate every valuable lesson that I got from the program and I wish LEMP God's blessings even as it impacts many more lives." Anaklet Koros, LEMP Alumni and a graduate from the University of Nairobi.