Leaders of Christian Organizations
James Mbori Omondi works with Hope Community Champions, an organization that mentors youth in key development areas.
When did you trust Christ?
I grew up with a very strong Christian background in a Christian orphanage run by the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya. However, during an open-air evangelistic crusade in 1998, the minister challenged me by saying that it was not my background or deeds that made me clean. By my very the sinful nature I was unclean. I saw that I had to believe in my heart and confess that I was a sinner and ask Christ to cleanse me by His blood that was shed on the cross for my sins. I saw myself as a wretched man, went before the cross, and accepted Christ as my savior.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
I have grown to be a person whom others look up to as a role model in Christian life, impacting the lives of the youths both in my church and in the community. In 2012 my wife was diagnosed with two brain tumors. She underwent major brain surgeries; this was the most difficult time in our house. For non-believers, these are the times they forget about God. I was able to focus on God Himself and encourage my wife to submit her whole life to Christ. Prayer was and has been my greatest weapon to overcome challenges. Praise Jesus, my wife was healed!
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The European Leadership Forum will provide me with learning experiences. I will receive enhanced skills and knowledge and will be able to optimize my leadership services for the ministry. In addition to the networking, the Forum will help elevate my view of the ministry work. I will be able to share best practices and borrow ideas to further strengthen the work of God back in my country.
What is your ministry?
I work with Hope Community Champions, a ministry focused on mentoring youth so that they can realize their potential and use their talents in extending the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. Currently there are approximately 60 youths in the program; they come from different churches, schools, and higher learning institutions across the region. I help mentor the youth in four areas: service, leadership, discipleship, and integrity. I am also a program assistant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What are your past leadership roles?
From 2009-2012, I was a support staff representative at KEMRI-Welcome Trust Research Program. I represented a team of staff to senior management meetings, articulating their welfare concerns. Within my church, I have been a lead manager for a camp for about 150 campers, coordinating logistics and providing a daily training program. In 2013, I led a team of humanitarian support staff to some of the refugee camps in Dadaab in the Northeastern part of Kenya. In 2016, I led a team of assessment contractors to the Turkana region of Kenya to conduct site improvement support to medical facilities in the county.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Besides personal growth and development, God has put me in a position of influence to the youths in our community, both locally and internationally. This training opportunity will provide an avenue for the transfer of knowledge and skills to the ministry I serve for the current and future generation.