Businessman on a mission
Grant Hickman ’07 hopes to eradicate disease, provide sustainable resources by selling camping gear
When Grant Hickman ’07 was introduced to the idea of business as a mission field by his UMHB business professor, he didn’t know he would someday be putting this philosophy into practice.
“While at UMHB, I took Dr. Jim King’s business as missions course that showed me how business can have a real purpose,” Hickman said.
During his senior year, Dr. King took a small team of students, including Hickman, to Morocco to teach micro business and micro enterprising to some college students. The trip opened Hickman’s eyes to the world of doing business, even local business, with a global, missional mentality.
After receiving a business management degree from UMHB, Hickman entered Dallas Theological Seminary to complete a master of theology degree.
While at DTS, Hickman overheard another student talking about an idea he had to start a business that would be a mission. Hickman’s ears perked up, and the two spent several hours discussing what this business would look like.
“At the end of the day, I called my wife and said I met this guy named Greg, and I don’t know what God’s doing, but I feel like I’m supposed to be a part of this thing,” he said. “Greg called his wife and said, ‘I met this guy named Grant, and I don’t know what the Holy Spirit is doing, but I think I need to ask him to be a part of this business.’”
That day Kammok was born.
“We sell camping hammocks and other outdoor camping gear,” Hickman said. “We set out to have the best products out there that also have a good social aspect.”
For every Kammok Roo—their introductory camping hammock—sold, the company helps to provide mosquito netting or malaria prevention education through Malaria No More. With their efforts, Hickman and the other members of the Kammok team are hoping to eradicate malaria by 2015.
The business also donates one percent of its revenue to Comfort the Children International that works alongside Kenyan communities to “provide resources that create sustainable change.”
The Kammok Roo and other products are available on Kammok.com, in a new outdoor retail store in Waco called Outdoor Waco, and in the Whole Earth Provision catalog.
Grant Hickman ’07 with his wife, Jenna Felechner Hickman ’09, and their daughter Jarah.
And not only does Hickman want to better the world through mission-based business practices, he is also hoping to change lives through his work as a college minister at First Baptist Church in Belton.
“We love college ministry,” he said. “I love getting to pour into students’ lives. Everybody remembers that you have a ton of major decisions during college. I’m glad I get to be there, as someone who’s one step ahead, and help them through it.”
And as for the future of his business, Hickman is letting God be his guide.
“Right now Kammok isn’t at a place where it can bring home the bacon and pay for the groceries,” he said. “If the Lord would bless that where I could go on full-time, then who knows? We’re going to look to the future and let God do whatever he’s going to do for us.”
-Jessa Grassi McClure ’08