1. Live Like You Have Ten Minutes.
Three years ago, Hennie was competing in the Midmar Mile swimming competition. Then, Hennie says, “I had a heart attack and was dead for twenty minutes. I lost consciousness while swimming and it was total blackness. Miraculously, I finished the swim, walked 75 meters and touched a total stranger on his shoulder, who co-incidentally (nothing is co-incidental) just happened to be a medical doctor.
“Within 60 seconds, CPR was applied. I was ‘dead’ for twenty minutes before my heart started beating again.” The media reported on Hennie’s miracle.
“This helped me understand that I’m in the ‘last ten minutes of my life’. In rugby/soccer, etc., the last ten minutes is crucial., Ask ‘How are you going to use your last hours on Earth?’Leave a legacy.”
2. Bring Your Business Skills to Your Charitable Interests.
“I run a national organization that manages electricity and water supply for over 1,000 shopping malls and property owners,” says Hennie. Along the way, Hennie has trained more than 100,000 people. “Now I want to train a new generation of leadership in South Africa, across races and classes.”
3. Find the Spirit-led Places Where Giving Brings the Greatest Return.
“God has cleared up my purpose,” says Hennie. “When I spend time with God, I get clarity. He pours out a vision bit by bit.”
Hennie explained that he used to be indiscriminate in the ways he helped the poor. “But most poor seem content with their lot in life” he says, “many don’t get out of that poverty mindset of receiving something for nothing, instead of contributing to their own independence. I realized that my money got different results from different initiatives. God led me to invest in the next generation rather than trying to change the poverty mindset of adults.”
Hennie - along with a board of advisors - has launched the iDestiny training program, which in essence has developed a training facility at Camp Unity situated outside the city of Bloemfontein South Africa, to raise up a new generation of leaders for South Africa.
Once established, this successful model will be expanded all around South Africa, where the vision is to impact over 100,000 youth every year “We want it to be a trigger point and help activate them for their life, and facilitate integrating them into existing ‘support programs’ in churches, schools and NGO’s” he says.