Author, speaker, social entrepreneur, family man, cyclist and charity founder, Simon Guillebaud had a very clear call to Burundi in 1999, when it was regarded as the most dangerous country on earth. Having unexpectedly survived 7 years of genocide and civil war, he set up GLO, www.greatlakesoutreach.org, with the vision to transform Burundi and beyond through holistic mission, working with gifted local leaders of integrity.
Now married with three young children, he still lives in Burundi, which is currently the ‘hungriest country in the world’ but enjoying a fragile peace and an economy that is starting to grow.
Simon is author of the bestselling 'More than Conquerors', 'Sacrifice' and 'Dangerously Alive' and has over 25,000 social media followers who read his challenging, frequently shocking, sometimes amusing and always authentic tweets and blog posts.
Simon places a very high value on his family life and in his books is keen to acknowledge his partnership with his wife, Lizzie in the way they aspire to live out their Christian lives together.
Whereas his previous books are full of action-packed adventure, in Choose Life, Simon gives the reader the privilege of a deeper, more reflective glimpse of the source of his spiritual strength, an absolute dedication to honour God and his word. Choose Life is an inspiring diet of thoughtful scriptural reflections and encouragements borne out of years living on the edge, yet which can help inspire any believer to walk more closely with Christ.
Simon talks openly about the frustrations of the times in his life when he has suffered extended periods of illness and fatigue, something many readers will be able to connect with.
Despite these physical problems, Simon’s work through GLO continues to have a huge impact on the country, now helping around 75,000 of the very neediest people every year in strategic and sustainable ways.
When he is not working or spending time with his family, Simon loves watching cricket, tennis, rugby and football and leads an annual cycle tour of Burundi in aid of GLO.
Simon holds himself accountable to the local Scripture Union team in Burundi, for whom he worked for many years before setting up GLO. He and his family are active members of Bujumbura International Christian Church. Simon is sought after as a speaker in Burundi and internationally, and is at the heart of Burundi’s National Prayer Breakfast movement.
Simon was recently given the honour of Burundian citizenship and his work with GLO locally in Bujumbura is recognized across a range of key pillars of society – business, agriculture, education, spirituality and health. In particular, he pioneered the leading hotel in Bujumbura, the Kings Conference Centre, a Christian social enterprise which is now funding the work of Scripture Union in Burundi and modelling effective godly business practices for the nation.
www.simonguillebaud.com www.kccburundi.org www.greatlakesoutreach.org
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