“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). This verse has been Francois van Niekerk’s enduring testimony for more than four decades of successful entrepreneurship.
Yet, the story starts with him facing insolvency six months into his first startup, after spending 17 years in corporate life. Standing under a Jacaranda tree in 1980, Van Niekerk surrendered his business to God. When God miraculously intervened, he followed through by acknowledging God as a legal shareholder in the company. This principled obedience became a defining destiny – today the Mergon portfolio is active in Africa, Australia, Europe, China and the US, with interests mainly in the Insurance, Property, Technology-based Financial Services and Retail Food Distribution sectors.
Doing Business With Purpose is an authentic testimony of God’s empowering grace at and through work. Part autobiography, part business book, it is filled with spiritual principles and practical commercial insights – a relevant call to action for business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to pursue ‘purpose beyond profit’. This book will encourage you to trust God in every aspect of your life as He leads you into a life of significance.
Review by Lise-Marie Keyser