The Mountain Within

Herta von Stiegel

Herta Von Stiegel and her husband, Hans, graced the Student Chapel program this morning at the Adventist University of Africa. Far above her business success and academic accolades, Herta was exuberant in the fact that she was covered by the blood of Christ and was a sister to all those in the audience.

A tax lawyer, philanthropist, business lady, professor, an investment banker with a special interest in renewal energy, Mrs. Stiegel dared to spearhead a group of multi-ability persons to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She gives an account of her experience in her book “The Mountain Within.”

Why would an investment banker take disabled people up the 5895m mountain? She said her inspiration was the need to create greater awareness among and support disabled and physically challenged people. “Regardless,” she said, “of age, race, gender, physical ability, financial position, God has given us dreams and the ability to achieve these dreams.”

The multi-ability team opted to take the most difficult route to the summit albeit it was the most beautiful. Shared statistics showed that that route often recorded 33% success rate. Unbelievably, their team scored 60% success rate with each with a disability paired with an able buddy. These are the lessons she learned and shared from that summit:

She shared lessons she learned through the mountain climbing experience: Stiegels at Uhuru summit

  1. Ruthlessly Prepare: prepare for everything you could possibly imagine. There are no shortcuts in life and preparation is critically important for success. Narrating her experience with Margaret Thatcher, Herta remembers Thatcher telling her that “my parents taught me the importance of hard work and integrity. Secondly, I make sure I know all the facts very well.” People who make an impact, ruthlessly prepare!
  2. Resolve to fail fast and fail forward: success does not happen overnight and often involve failures. Yet how we relate to setbacks makes the difference between failure and success. A good example would be of Peter and Judas! What do I do in the face of failure? What do I do when things do not go as planned? Fail fast involves acknowledging the failure quickly, rising up and forging forward. Failing forward takes the setback and uses it as a stepping stone to lung forward towards the future.
  3. Remove your encumbrances: Quoting from Hebrews 12:1 “. . . let us lay aside every weight [encumbrance], and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”, Herta asked “What are the barriers that are holding you back to take the next change? . . . It takes enlightened men and brave women to change the world. Do not allow traditions to hold you back.”
  4. Reach for your VISION: The hardest part is when you cannot see the goal. Nevertheless, reach forward towards your dreams and realize them. “Never give up!” Herta said.

Lives were inspired, challenged and changed following the summit to Uhuru summit on Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

StiegelsHans was noted to have said that "the only thing that’s better than summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, is to stand there with people you love."

"What are you aiming to achieve? It is worth the climb. Do not give up. Reaching the top is worth the efforts." Herta concluded by encouraging all call to keep striving to reach Mt. Zion, where all who will be victorious, will sing the song of Moses and the Lamb.

The book “The Mountain Within” will be available at the African Adventist Heritage Museum Gift Shop for Ksh. 2000. All proceeds go to charity.

The Mountain Within

Ellen G. White Books Study Guides


The Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office (EGWEBO) published five study guides on the following Ellen G. White books:
1. The Desire of Ages  - Kshs. 300/ USD 3
2. The Acts of the Apostles - Kshs. 200 /USD 2
3. The Great Controversy - Kshs. 200 /USD 2
4. The Ministry of Healing - Kshs. 200 /USD 2
5. Education - Kshs. 200 /USD 2
 These could be excellent gifts for yourself, your child, family member or a friend. The booklets are small and user-friendly for a personal or a group study.

MBA September 2017 Intake

Admission for MBA students is open to business and nonbusiness bachelor holders for September 2017 intake.

MBA Specializations: Accounting, Management, Information Systems and Finance.

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University Chaplain Vacancy Announcement


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Position Description

Position Title: University Chaplain/Campus Pastor, Adventist University of Africa

Immediate Supervisor: Vice Chancellor

Expectations: Seventh-day Adventist Ministerial License/Credential

Status: Full-time

Wage Scale: Local Kenya based ordained minister salary and benefits package (ECD)

Projected Fulfillment Date: 2018

Application Deadline: September 30, 2017

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AUA Celebrates its 6th Graduation Ceremony

2017 graduatesnofficialsThe Adventist University of Africa (AUA) joyously celebrated its 6th graduation ceremony. This graduation marked history as AUA conferred its first Doctor of Ministry degrees. 81 graduates were awarded their Doctor of Ministry Degrees while 46 others with various Masters Degrees.

The graduation was graced by leaders from the General Conference and various African Divisions. The color, smiles, tears of joy, ululations from the families of the graduating students, and dances were the order of the beautiful weekend.

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“The hard work, sleepless nights have finally paid off,” said one of the Doctoral students.

“Unbelievable! I am actually dressed in this. God be praised!” echoed another Masters student.

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Officiating officers during the Commencement Service


Juan PrestolThe Commencement speaker, Juan R. Prestol-Puesan (PhD), entreated the graduates to keep holding on and not to give up. He mentioned that abandoning faith places one at risk of losing their identity, life and their very own soul.

Dr. Prestol said, "As you serve as a church leader, remember this advice: get good mentors, follow their counsel, beware of the election system, avoiding politics, keep your mind clean, be humble and kind, never assume you will be elected, and seek peace with the Lord."

The Baccalaureate speaker, Pardon Mwansa (DMin), implored the graduates to do their best in an increasingly complex world. He did not mince his words while expounding on the diverse complexities bombarding men at this time.

Dr. Mwansa concluded "We have to, we have to continue what the Apostle said 'Do your best!' . . . We have the power of the Holy Spirit whose testimony we can rely on . . . We can bring peace where there is fear; calm in anxiety; we do not know what tomorrow will hold but do your best!”

The Consecration speaker, Willie Oliver (PhD), strongly reminded the students of the call to service and the need to attain to “higher the highest . . . Godliness—godlikeness—is the goal to be reached.” Using several paradoxes from Mark 10 such as adult must become child, first shall be last, leader become servant, he advocated for excellent service and submission to authority.
The Vice Chancellor charge during the Commencement service beseeched the graduates to “Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on.”

The students’ response, led by the Graduating Class President Dr. Gerald Mochoge, was on the affirmative that they would serve with competence and integrity, “not for the income but the outcome; we will strive to do our best until we receive the welcome ‘well done faithful servant’.”

The graduates bustled with tribute to the Almighty God, spouses, family members, student sponsors, fellow graduates, former and current AUA administration, faculty and staff and special tribute to Dr. Anna Galeniece, the graduating class sponsor.

"Only God can reward you. Our words are not sufficient. . . .May God bless you! . . . Our thank you in a more practical way would be to produce and demonstrate we have been at AUA and influence the world for the better.”