Does your business have a Wisdom Room?
Where do you turn when you feel overwhelmed by pressures at work? Sinapis alumnus Dennis Yandi goes into his Wisdom Room, a small space he created in his motorbike parts business. There he pours out his heart to the Lord, listens for direction, and invites others to do the same – and the impact has been life-changing.
The Lord Will Provide
Dennis’s story is full of moments of trust, obedience, and faith in the Lord. In fact, he says the business itself was a vision he received in a dream. “I took a step of faith, quit my job, and moved in faith to create Kingland Global.” Dennis had a strong sense that the Lord would provide the capital he needed to start this business. Within a few weeks, he got an unexpected call. A friend had just received news that he got a green card for the US and asked Dennis if he would like to buy his business. Dennis didn’t have enough to purchase it outright, but what he did have was enough to make a deal and get started.
Through Kingland Global, Dennis sources unique spare parts for motorbikes, which is a thriving business in Nairobi and throughout Kenya. Over 210,000 new motorbike registrations were created in Kenya in 2020, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, and demand is expected to rise as the moto-taxi and on-demand delivery industry continue to grow.
Dennis admits that business hasn’t always been easy. He had closed his shop for a year before deciding to take part in the Sinapis Entrepreneur Academy. Sinapis reminded Dennis of his “why” – why he was in business. For him, Kingland Global was to be more than a means to put food on the table; He wanted to use the business as a way to minister to those he came into contact with. “After Sinapis, I knew I needed to get back to business,” Dennis told our team. “Kingland belongs to God and I am His steward.” Dennis reconnected with his old suppliers and the business resumed operations.
The Wisdom Room
Desiring guidance from the Lord, Dennis made space not only in his schedule but also in his office space to seek the Lord. He calls it “The Wisdom Room.” “Jesus is Lord” is written at the top of a wall as a reminder to all that enter what really matters at Kingland Global. The Wisdom Room is also a place where Dennis trains young men from challenging backgrounds to start and run businesses in the spare parts industry. Dennis also shares the gospel with them and prays for them.
The commitment Dennis makes to be a man of integrity and be open with his love for God has allowed him to be a trusted member of his community. People facing significant life circumstances who aren’t sure how they’re going to make it to tomorrow or change their destructive behaviors have turned to Dennis for help in recent months. A previous client who was in the depths of despair, ready to take his own life, thought of Dennis and reached out. Dennis was able to speak to him a message of hope, and the man is now living life with renewed purpose. A sex worker surrendered her shame and gave her life to Christ. As Dennis shares these stories, he glows with joy that God is using him and the business to advance the Kingdom.
Kingland Global is expanding physically in its current location and now has a network of sales reps in several towns across Kenya. Entrepreneurs like Dennis are changing their communities – creating revenue, jobs, and hope in their communities, erasing the sacred/secular divide.
You don’t have to be a preacher to be in ministry-your daily interactions can change lives. Do you have space in your schedule, business, or home to regularly seek the Lord and pray for His direction? May we all have room for the Lord’s wisdom.