As any successful entrepreneur knows, all it takes is the right opportunity.
Living in the slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mimose couldn’t provide for her family of five when her husband died. But she prayed to God that, because her talented son Enock had a loving sponsor who provided for him to be enrolled in our program, they would have an opportunity to change their future.
The program at the Baptist Church of Martissant offers opportunities like vocational training and a caring staff that sees each child’s God-given potential – potential like Enock’s to become the entrepreneur he is today at only 17 years old.
Mimose remembers the moment she knew that God had answered her prayers for Enock and his microenterprise. It was when she was feeling desperate and depressed, with nothing to give to her babies. Enock handed her a $100 Haitian bill that he got from selling bracelets and other things he had made by hand.
Mimose said, “It was like Jesus coming down to the Earth that day. I will never forget about that day, as it was on that Saturday that I came to realize the meaning of a Bible verse that Enock’s sponsor had shared in a letter. It was Jeremiah 29:11.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
Original story by Denis Atis, Haiti Field Communications Specialist