By William Ogara
What most people call mentorship is actually mostly about building people’s confidence. In one week alone, I have received the following requests:
“I am a member of an international board and we have just appointed a CEO who would like mentorship support from a fellow Christian. Can you assist him grow in his job?”
“I am keenly interested in pursuing a Doctorate, but I need your help to decide the area to specialise in”.
“We haven’t spoken for quite a long time… By the way, are you in a position to be my mentor?”
As I followed-up with each one, it turned out that people were primarily looking to build their confidence. It is about accompanying our fellow workers in achieving their assigned tasks in challenging situations. This reminded me of growing up in the village and learning to ride a bicycle with a large box of dried fish on the back. Initially I hid in the bush, hoping my father would not find me. But as I gradually understood how we needed this income for school fees and as I got more confident wobbling along the track, I began to enjoy it more and more. My father sometimes held my hands, sometimes let go, sometimes encouraged, at other times even punished. But he was always patient. It is like Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to pass on whatever he had witnessed to those who are ready in turn to share with others.
Who are we accompanying in their tasks? How can we build their confidence?