our founder: graham power
Graham Power, is the founder and Chairman of the Power Group of Companies, formed in 1983. The company has made its mark in the world of construction, building and property development.
Tangible evidence of its Purpose: “To improve the quality of life in Africa through infrastructure development.” Graham has repurposed his company into a powerful tool for transformation in God’s hands that is impacting his industry, the nation and even the world. The Power Group employs more than 1500 staff members.
In 2001 Graham initiated a stadium gathering in Cape Town that saw 45,000 Christians pray for the needs of their nation. By 2010 this movement grew to become the largest prayer gathering in recorded history, where about 350 million people from 220 nations participated in the Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) on Pentecost Sunday.
Graham is active in forming the recent exciting initiative “Global Voice of Prayer” (GVOP), which is now active across the world (visit www.globalvoiceofprayer.com). A second dynamic initiative, Unashamedly Ethical, was launched internationally in 2010, promoting ethics, values, and clean living across all sectors of society. This campaign is currently sweeping across South Africa, Africa and is presently active in 143 nations, challenging individuals and companies to be ethical in all their dealings
Along with Diane Vermooten, Graham is the author, of the book Not by Might, Nor by Power. This book tells the remarkable story of the growth of the Global Day of Prayer and the birth of Unashamedly Ethical. It is a gripping and inspiring testimony of God’s power in response to obedience and faith! In a second book, Transform Your Work Life, Graham and Prof. Dion Forster share testimony and teaching on what God has done for them and what God wants to do with and through Christians in the marketplace. Your work life is one of the most accessible and significant mission fields in the world.
Graham and Dion offer some truly practical, sometimes challenging, hopefully inspiring insights into the tools and processes that you can use to transform your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling and by doing so, to transform your work life. A few personal awards for Graham include: being awarded the first international ‘Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year’ award by the World Evangelical Alliance and the Entrepreneurial Leaders Organisation in Vancouver, Canada in 2012. Junior Businessman of the Year in 1999 for South Africa and Businessman of the Year in 2005, by the Cape Town Chamber of Business. In 2013, Graham received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the Nyack College and the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York.
Graham is married to Lauren and they have three children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Somerset West, South Africa. Graham is the first to say that God deserves all the Glory and the Honour for this miraculous work! Truly, the stories of the Global Day of Prayer and Unashamedly Ethical are not the stories of one man’s determination, neither are they stories about mighty global organisations, rather, they are a testimony to God’s Power and Grace!
Graham’s favourite scripture is 2 Chronicles 7:14 and he strongly believes that there will be a dynamic global revival in the near future, following the ‘waves’ of (1) Prayer, GVOP, (2) Ethics, values and clean living (UE) and (3) ‘Healing of our land’.
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