In previous posts, I talk extensively about the importance of collaboration. This year, God has been teaching me how critical it is for believers to align themselves to specific mentors, leaders or organizations, in order to build momentum, leading to kingdom advancement. I believe that mentoring can open boundless doors for your gifts and propel you further along in your destiny. With all the advantages of mentoring, it doesn’t negate the fact that mentoring can be challenging; from finding a suitable mentor to building synergy, and a relationship that works. These can seem daunting for anyone with the desire to be mentored.
I am learning that mentoring can take various forms, including and not limited to, online mentoring (such as interacting with another individual’s ideas on a blog for example), face to face mentoring and long distance mentoring. Ideally, meeting regularly with a mentor may be the best way to sharpen your gifts, but, it is not always realistic due to time and other constraints.
Along my music journey, I have experienced both realities; having no mentor on one hand and on the other, being mentored well.
In 2012, I produced my debut album. God graciously allowed me to meet a few individuals who believed in my potential. God used these people as a source of encouragement to help me along the arduous, self-doubting moments. The year before, however, was different. I started a project at a government rehabilitation school in Kiambu County. Two to three times a week, I and a few other volunteers would teach music theory, voice, and piano to a group of teenage boys. Despite the lack of know-how in kick-starting and sustaining ventures, we continued to teach, counsel, and inspire these boys until two years later when I closed out the project. This was the greatest achievement in my career. In that moment, I had the privilege of speaking into a generation of men, many of whom did not have parents, role models or familial ties. Of course, there are things I wish I could have done better. In hindsight, the greatest lesson I learned was: two heads are better than one.
So, this year when I decided to scale up the project in another government rehabilitation school, it came as no surprise that the lesson on mentoring and collaboration was key. There are organizations that have a greater reach than I do and are willing to work with me to create change more effectively in my sector. I believe that God is calling us out of a silo mentality where we work in solitude and achieve very little; He is calling us to build together in order to create lasting social change in our communities.
One organization that I have chosen to collaborate with- Akili Dada, has similar areas of interest with my project: Engaging young creatives through leadership development, the focus being on vulnerable children. My first training session today at Dagoretti Rehabilitation School is one that I have looked forward to, since talks about partnering with Akili Dada began. I am excited to say the least. I am especially interested in finding out how the curriculum I developed will fair in this context. Most importantly though, I am thrilled at the prospect of meeting young ladies who have the potential to be more than what they ever envisioned themselves to be.
So, I urge you, maybe there is a cause that God has been nudging you about. It may be something new, a solution to a pressing need in your community. Find like-minded individuals, take the plunge and see what God will do through you!