The early part of my life comes with a lot of memories that are sometimes hard to articulate for reasons that will become clear as you read along.

 

I was born in the early 60s (Exact date unknown, my parents at that time did not fully appreciate the necessity of a birth certificate) I suspect I was born in 1963. Growing up in Kenya in the 60s was quite challenging. My circumstances and those of my family members were particularly so. We lived in a one roomed mud hut which we shared with our goats for fear of losing them to hyenas and leopards which ran rampant in the highlands of Kenya back then. 

 

I recall three of us sleeping on what would pass for a bed back in those humble days, no mattress no fancy springs, just sisal weaved mats on a wooden frame. We covered ourselves with old grain sacks. Dad was almost never home. He would come once or twice a month. Being so young, it was difficult to make sense of his absence despite mom's best efforts to explain it to us. I remember the glorious day on which we moved from our one room mud hut to a three roomed mud house. Oh the excitement that was in the air! This was probably in 1967. The three- roomed mud house, humble as it was, marked progress for us as a family. We still didn't have anything that would be considered a conventional bed, we still walked barefoot and experienced jigger infestations but we were grateful for progress in whichever form it took. I recall times when we were so hungry that I would eat fistfuls of soil just to silence the agonising hunger. We just had no food. One of the most profound lessons I learned from my mom comes from this chapter of our lives.

Dr. Stan Wangenye early life
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Dr. Stan Wangenye early life

I remember mom having potato seeds in our version of a granary; which was really a small round structure raised off the ground on stilts to keep its contents safe from field mice. On one occasion my siblings and I were very  hungry and there was no food available in home at that time. We were aware that there were some potatoes in the granary and we were pleading with mum to cook them. She would not cook the potatoes. Not because she didn’t care that we were hungry, but because she understood something we did not. Those potatoes were earmarked as seeds for sowing and no circumstances would they cooked for eating. She explained to us that consuming those potatoes would mean that we would have no harvest when the season came which would inadvertently extend the suffering. The lesson; You never touch what you have set aside for planting, because to do so is to accept that there will be nothing to harvest in due season. But that's not all, mom would go to her friends in the village to borrow more potato seeds. She understood that a bigger harvest was possible despite limited seeds of her own. I learned that, even without seed to sow, it was possible to borrow them because the harvest would cater for the “loan“ and then some.  

 

 I have drawn many lessons from my parents. Their hard work and commitment created an impact that inspires me deeply. 

By the late 60’s all the hard work and determination began to bear fruit.  My dad began to do rather well. He built a High School, got into agribusiness, followed his political ambitions amongst many other things. By the early 70's his reality and our own had changed in no small way. For me, that change came in the form of better quality education. I was moved from our village school to Temple Road Primary School; a great school located in Nyeri town. As you can imagine there was a level of culture shock on my part. That being said, I managed to do well enough at Temple Road to be accepted to Kagumo High School which was an institution respected for its academic merit. I was there from 1977 to 1980 than transferred to my dad's high school (Thunguma High School) which had developed into a big school since its inception a few years prior. After I graduated from High School, I had the privilege of proceeding to India in 1984 to pursue university education, both graduate as well as post graduate.

I returned back to Kenya in1989. Shortly afterwards I married the love of my life, Jemimah Wairimu on the 31st of August 1991. Ours has been a great marriage. Not to suggest that we have not had the challenges that every marriage goes through. But we have had a really rewarding marriage and productive life together. The bedrock of our marital life was our agreement to delete two words from our mental databanks: separation and divorce. Coming from a home where my mother and father separated when I was young and having lived through the challenging childhood that comes with separated parents, we were keen to build longevity and permanence in our union. We also committed to creating a great environment that was as stable and as loving as possible for our kids. 

Dr. Stan Wangenye's wedding day

3 years after saying ‘I do’, we welcomed Benjamin, our first addition to the family in 1994 and Daisy June in 1997. They are the joy of our lives.

 

One of the reasons I chose to relocate my family to the United Kingdom was to give them the best possible chance of pursuing their fulfilment, careers and passions from a platform that was not limited.  As a dad and a husband, I took it upon myself to position my family where I felt we stood the best chance of success as a family and as individuals. 

Dr. Stan Wangenye with his family

My son has already finished his university education and is currently pursuing his passion in the film industry. My daughter is on her last year of university. Jemi and I are super blessed to be where we are in our lives, I am thankful to have the kind of wife I have. One who believes in me and stands with me.  

 

Before my faith and family life began, I was living a very worldly and very wild life. My conversion into Christianity happened in Agra India as I was pursuing my master’s degree. My parents were Christians thus they took us to church, when we could be found. For me Saturday night was just that...Saturday night. Meaning I liked to partake of whatever it is young people liked to do on Saturday. We called it ‘rioting’ back then. This meant I was seldom available or "church ready" on Sunday morning. 

Dr. Stan Wangenye during his son's graduation

In December 1986 I went out with a friend for a typical "riot". I remember getting onto my motorbike and riding home after the fact. How I made it home in the state I was in remains a mystery. I got back to my room and for some reason begun to really examine my life and asked myself some serious questions. That frame of mind led to me making a decision that I look back upon and thank God for. I decided that I was going to give my life to Christ. The transformation was incredible. I looked different, smelled different and I began to develop an insatiable hunger for God and a need to serve. 

 

I started serving in Bethel Church in Agra India under the stewardship of Pastor Stephen George. I remember going out on missions with him, held crusades and open air meetings. My introduction into Christianity involved service to God and that formed the basis of my Christian work. 

 

When I returned to Kenya after completing my education in 1989, I joined The Nairobi Lighthouse Church under the stewardship of Pastor Don Matheny. I continued serving in various aspects of ministry. I volunteered for anything that needed volunteering, ushering, cleaning the place and just about anything else that needed to be done. Later on we started an outreach program that involved reaching out to the community around us, this is where I started preaching and leading brothers and sisters to Christ. From there I became a coordinator for a Norwegian-based Christian Mission called New Life Mission that had a program in Kenya. This is when my mission of service as a Christian got solidified. 

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In 1993 as we were going on with work as usual at the mission offices we had a visitation from Dr. Jerry Savelle. I did not know who he was then but it was clear from the reactions of those who did that this guy was a big deal. The very humble Dr. Savelle spent some time meeting with us, seeing what we do and appreciating our work. We didn't know at that stage that New Life Ministries was in the process of merging with Jerry Savelle Ministries. That merger gave me an opportunity to serve as a coordinator at a much higher level, a few years later I became the Jerry Savelle Ministries missions director for Kenya, my role included church teams training, events coordination amongst other dockets. In 1999 I left Jerry Savelle Ministries and launched my own ministry in Nairobi Kenya were I served until my family and I relocated to London. Upon settling in the UK I set up a traveling ministry which eventually led me to pioneering a church in London in 2006 called The Eagles Gathering Christian Centre. I pastored here for 10 years as well as holding conferences in Africa and the US. In 2016 we merged The Eagles Gathering Christian Centre with another church so I could focus on my traveling ministry as well as my business.  

My business acumen comes from my father who was great businessman and entrepreneur who wasn't afraid to take on new ideas. Dad had an incredible ability to spot opportunity and going for it.When my home country came out of colonial rule, dad saw an opportunity in the need for education and he began to build a school. I believe he was the first native African in Kenya to own a high school. He also saw the need to grow coffee seedlings at a time when the country was gearing up for a boom in the coffee industry among many other things. I guess my exposure to his way of thinking imprinted on me. That being said, having come into adult life while serving in ministry I did not know how ministry and business would come together. I decided I was going to explore the possibilities when I was sent on a business trip to japan in 1998 by Jerry Savelle Ministries. We were pursuing purchasing of ministry vehicles and I remember recognizing that as an opportunity to make some private purchases of my own and have them shipped at the same time. That turned out to be a lucrative decision. However, it wasn't until I settled in London that I really began to explore my business inclinations more deliberately. I gravitated towards the direct sales industry in 2010 while I was in Sacramento California. I was there on ministry and my host invited me to a meeting.  This was during a time when I had not fully opened up to the possibility of being a minister and a direct sales entrepreneur. I went into that meeting thinking there would be many people, possibly Kenyans living in the diaspora. I had just published a book and I thought "let's see if they buy my book". I was so focused on my personal mission that I did not pay too much attention to what was said in the meeting and thus I missed my first opportunity to join the business. 

 

Good for me, my host did not give up on me. He went on to invite me to another meeting a couple of days later. This time I was deliberate to absorb the subject matter of the meeting and what a great idea that was. I did not fully understand the opportunities that were presented at the meeting, I did however pick up enough information to recognise the possibility of making money. I made a decision that I was going to give it a go. That was a key turning point for me. 

Dr.Stan Wangenye

Many times people aspire to do business based on their understanding; meaning they wait until they fully understand things. I was lucky to have followed my instincts because somethings cannot be understood from the outside looking in. I was among the very first residence of the UK to get onto the platform which opened up great opportunities. Within 3 weeks of the business launching in the UK I went on to achieve the highest rank in the United Kingdom. I grew one of the largest Multi-Level Marketing teams in the UK within the first month. It was that business that opened my eyes to the tremendous life changing power of multi-level marketing. One lady in my organization owned 10 houses that were about to be repossessed as a result of financial hard times. Her success in that venture saved her hard earned assets. My desire to grow as a business leader saw me go through periods of intense self-education. I also joined the John Maxwell program to become a certified coach, leader, trainer and speaker. Personal development became integral to my process and continues to be a key pillar many years on.  

 

I have now been in network marketing for a decade and I attest my success to the steps I took in the early days and the decision to seek knowledge and understanding from other great leaders. I genuinely believe that the last 10 years of my experience in this industry have all led here. Here where you are reading this. Your life and mine have led to this moment where you are reading about me for a reason and if you believe that and wish to explore why we have been brought together you are in for the most significant journey of your life. A journey to financial abundance and beyond. 

 

Now let’s talk about you.     

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