Leading with Honesty and Integrity

One of the many highlights of my trip to Africa last summer was visiting Samuel Teimuge in Kenya. Samuel, who worked with Del even before Spirit in Action was founded in 1996, is local role model in Eldoret, Kenya. He and his family are integral to many development projects, including Empowering Lives International, Samro School, and the Ukweli Training Centre.

Last year, Samuel shared some words of wisdom with our SIA Small Business Fund Coordinators. Here are some of his insights on leadership, encouragement, and community development:

  • We have learned a lot especially from Del Anderson and the self-help group in CFOI and this really encouraged us to start small. We learned that when you do things with your eyes towards other people that is when you succeed.
  • Tanya and Rhoda

    Tanya and Rhoda Teimuge in front of her house. Rhoda was a small business trainer before she started Samro School.

    I want to use the scriptures Proverbs 14:23 since it is one that is really outstanding even as I teach people about development. “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” And that really is true for all of us. You know many times people talk, talk, talk, talk, but the Spirit in Action business plan starts from where you are, so instead of talking you do something that will really help, not only to your family, but also to others.

  • There is one scripture that has been leading us in our home. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-11 “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves as a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’

    Boyd and Samuel

    Samuel shows Boyd about their maize stalks grinder machine, which helps produce feed for their cow.

  • When our first-born finished high school, we employed him during the day we did not want him to be idle so we paid him 1,500KS (~$17) a month so he was in the dairy cleaning and feeding the cows. And do you know why we do this? So that they don’t get messed up; so that they don’t go to town to watch movies. That is what we have done here: our children are helping us, even as part of our ministry.
  • So, as a development person, you will face a lot of challenges. God gives to us, so that we may help other people. If God has given you a skill, then that is what you need to share. We need to be generous. We need to act truthfully and faithfully.
  • I was in America and our host was a good friend. I asked, ‘Do you know how to grow economically in Africa. Teach us, so that our economy in Africa can grow.’ He had only two words: “Be honest.” Honesty is the key. And be truthful. And that was the whole lesson.
  • So I want to give a challenge to you – that you become a role model, even as you are a coordinator. We have to know, as coordinators, how to motivate, how to encourage.
  • So friends, God has given us a ministry. A ministry that is so wonderful. And behind all these people [coordinators] there are so many people who have benefited from these programs, and they are saying ‘thank you Spirit in Action, for doing that.’ Yes, thank you, Del, who I believe one day we shall see again.
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7 Responses to “Leading with Honesty and Integrity”

  1. Gloria Knapstad October 30, 2012 10:39 pm
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    Thank you for sharing Samuel’s words of wisdom. Honesty and Integrity are key foundations of the SIA Del founded. It is a privilege to support SIA in this endeavor. Gloria

  2. Dennis October 30, 2012 11:03 pm
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    Thanks for posting pictures of Rhoda and Samuel. They are wonderful and wise people.

  3. marsha johnson November 2, 2012 12:42 am
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    Samuel and Rhoda were certainly inspirations for Del through their receptivity and their fervor in serving the community. The ripples are spreading far and wide with all those who have trained at Ukweli Development Centre, and the children have been educated and nurtured at Samro School.

    I’m grateful!

  4. Caleb Jeremiah Injuko November 5, 2012 4:12 am
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    Thanks a lot.How can we know unless we learn from others.I like the spirit of honesty.I have a small farm although this year it didn’t perform good due to lack of enough fertilizer.I have been planting sugarcane on leased lands but i failed due to the lack of financial support.
    I am planning to restart it again as soon as God provides me any percentage of capital.
    I am once more motivated or stirred up in the spirit. Thank Thank you
    Welcome again in Kenya. We need this teachings from you. Amen

  5. admin November 5, 2012 4:08 pm
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    Hi Caleb,
    Another part of Mr. Teimuge’s success has been his adoption of sustainable agriculture and bio-intensive gardening techniques. These techniques, such as use of compost and double-digging, can reduce the need for fertilizers – also reducing your costs!
    Blessings,
    Tanya

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