Spotlight On Alumni
2006 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR
John Mwangi, Class of 1978, was honored this Homecoming on October 13, 2006 as Alumnus of the Year for Outstanding Service to Society and to the Kingdom.
The extraordinary life story of Nyack Alumnus John Mwangi ('78) begins in Kenya where he grew up in a completely impoverished environment. He was saved at an early age through the ministry of a local Africa Inland Mission (AIM) Church. An AIM missionary took John under his wing and helped sponsor him to attend College in the U.S. John chose Nyack College because it was the closest Christian College to AIM's headquarters located in Pearl River NY. The Lord continued to bless John as he was the recipient of a full scholarship extended to just one foreign student each year.
While at Nyack, John worked hard on the side his first two years and was able to save up $5,000. His employer was so impressed with him, that he purchased John a round trip ticket back home to Kenya to spend his month long winter break. Within days of his arrival, he purchased a property and met with construction contractors to surprise his family by building them a new house. The builders worked at a feverish pace and were able to finish the project before his return to the States. On his final day, he rented a truck and completely astonished his family when he showed up to move them out of their existing home, forever leaving behind their poor living conditions.
Today, John heads up the efforts of Childcare International for both Kenya and Uganda where he's responsible for over 4,000 orphans. John has had great success in raising funds from around the world to support these very needy street children by feeding, clothing, housing, educating and sharing God's love with them. He's even started a business school complete with a computer lab. God has laid on his heart a burden to break the cycle of poverty upon the lives of these children by equipping them with the skills necessary to succeed. John is married with four daughters and two sons and is well known and highly respected throughout his region of Africa.
John's story was submitted by his friend and fellow alumnus Steve Herritt ('78) to be considered for the Alumnus of the Year award. Steve recently returned from Kenya having fulfilled a 26 year promise he made John to visit him in his homeland of Kenya. Steve says of John: "He believed, he acted, and was granted favor by God. He has the instinct of a politician, the wisdom of a sage, the determination of a hungry lion, and generosity the size of Texas. Along the way, he has impacted many many lives in a manner that must thrill God."
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