Stephanie, 26 years old, living in Bercy (Cabaret, Haiti).
Serving with Breathe Partners, which looks a lot like doing relationships, dreaming big, and acting to make those dreams happen.
Just as important as getting physical & spiritual hope to those in developing countries is the message that each individual is a piece that is not replicated – you were created unique and the puzzle is incomplete without you. I’m passionate to help others realize their potential, who they were created to be, and who the ultimate designer sees them as.
Jezi se espwa? What’s with the name?
Honestly, I made the name as an excited, big eyed 22-year-old about to move to Haiti. Who knows, I was being clever at the time and three years later it looks cheesy if we’re honest. But I still believe it what it was meant to communicate.
Jezi se espwa (which is an awful sentence grammar wise now that I know more Creole) means “Jesus is hope”. I live in a country where I hear and see people constantly on social media talking about “Hope in Haiti”, “Changing Lives in Haiti”….and so on. I have seen many kinds of efforts and initiatives. I’ve heard hundreds of ideas – some that never came to fruition because they were those starter ideas you throw out, and some that I wish dreamers would come take a chance and do! But in the middle of a place that some have tagged “The Republic of NGOs” (when it is SO much more, by the way…the culture here is amazing!) – all of the efforts are wastes of breathe without a core locked in on being mad in love with Jesus and sharing that love (1 Corinthians 13 backs me up – “banging cymbal” has never been a way to compliment someone!)
No one is “bringing hope” to Haiti, because God is the one who made it in the beginning and followed it since then, continuing to stitch every individual and detail together. CPR-3/Breathe Partners exists to empower and train Oganizasyon Respire Lavi Ayiti (ORLA) as this completely Haitian run board of pastors plants churches that shout truth and grace, making disciples who make disciples across a nation. The point is Jesus. Jesus is hope.
And, according to the beautiful women around me, “Lespwa fè viv”
(Where there’s hope, there’s life – a Haitian proverb). It is when we accurately define what hope is that we see people come alive.
Breathe Partners: http://www.breathepartners.com