"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.
One of LEMP's best moments is to hear an alumni sharing their story of how the program not only changed their life, but how they are also changing other lives, and by extension the world around them. Well, such is the story that I am about to share. Its the story of Ngumbo Njoroge, an alumni of LEMP Season 2 (the chap in glasses in the picture above). I remember the first time I met Ngumbo on October 10, 2015 in our second class of LEMP Season 2. Apparently he had missed the first class because that is the day he was to commit suicide. He showed up in class looking lost, dejected and frustrated in life. Our first conversation will forever be engraved in my memory. He had hit rock bottom and was in the process of contemplating suicide. I have decided to give this program a chance. Its my last shot. I have nothing to live for at all, he spoke with finality. Fast forward to now, Ngumbo story makes me give glory to God for turning his life around. His is a story of hope, gratitude, and more importantly a story of how to live effectively on earth. Ngumbo sent us this email and we couldn't resist sharing. As you read it, remember this: We are all alive on this earth at this moment in history with a divine assignment - to make a difference in our society: Hello LEMP, Happy to inform you that we launched Gatanga Youth Mentorship Program on 19th February. In a conversation with Mr Douglas Waudo earlier this year, I had expressed intent to share some of the ideas I had picked from LEMP's Season 2 with other young people, for me that was through a mentorship program targeting high school and primary school students in my Gatanga constituency of Murang'a County. I shared the idea with friends and peers and so far the program has a team of 15 mentors. We had our first event at Jogoo Kimakia school on 19th February that was very successful and we are receiving positive feedback from the students, the administration and other stakeholders. It was the first of its kind in the school. Our vision is to roll out to other schools in the district. Our next event will be in March, this time in a primary school. Our goal is to share our experiences and knowledge to the younger generation to equip them to become agents of change in society. I am personally grateful to LEMP for positively influencing me. I am positively influencing the world in the best way LEMP taught me. I may not change the whole world but through this program, I will change someone's world. God bless LEMP. God bless Africa. Sincerely Ngumbo Njoroge- Agent of Change and LEMP Alumni.