Stephanie, 27 years old, living in Bercy (Cabaret, Haiti). (Where is Cabaret? https://maps.google.com/maps?q=cabaret,+haiti&ie=UTF-8&ei=kS4xUfTrG-LE0QHEsIGgBw&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAg)
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. See said excited young adult above. Who knows, I was being clever at the time and three years later it looks cheesy if we’re honest. 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!).
I moved here to be in Haiti and over time I have helped put the vision of the leadership development and disciple making program Compassion Corp in place. I now lead this program and instead of typing I am talking! Instead of blogs, I am now communicating in other formats. I’m happy to connect and would love to hear from you!
Here’s 27 year old Stephanie waving an Immerse Reading Plan over her head in the back of a picture with the team she leads in Bercy these days:
Breathe Partners: http://www.breathepartners.com