That business – a highly successful tea company – operates with an unwritten contract with God. “When I started the business,” he says, “I told my Lord that I wanted to serve Him. ‘This is your business. I am just your steward to manage it for you.’ That unwritten contract guides how I treat my employees – and how I use the funds the business generates.”
The substantial profits his company generates are invested in meeting the deepest needs of others, not his own comfort or material gain.
He first began by using profits to help hundreds of American families adopt Chinese children when no agency in America knew how to go about it. In 1993, Kenneth and his wife also adopted a Chinese baby, Melissa Joy.
On the day I met Kenneth, I asked him about his work with orphans. His eyes lit up and he simply said, “Would you like to see my photos? We built an orphanage in China.” He reached down and pulled out a dog-eared little photo album and began to show me the most compelling shots of an orphanage for 100 little children, all of them disabled. Page 7 was a photo of him holding a little girl, and I was captivated by the smile on his face. “Who is this little girl,” I asked, “and why are you smiling like that?” He told me her name and said, “I just paid to have her heart repaired. Without that, she would have been disposable.”
In China, where baby girls are often abandoned, the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child is great – so great that in 1995 Kenneth began an endeavor that took eight years to bring to fruition.