Abundant Blessings All Around

Excruciating poverty results in loss of human dignity and snuffs out hope. It is surprising to see how life transforms and hope revives when the constraints that bind people are removed and they experience economic freedom. Hope kindled is like a light in the darkness and soon others also aspire for the same freedom to grow and develop to the fullness of their God given potential. Here is a story of hope from the Caribbean islands:

As a result of the economic training, one of the communities that had advanced in their integral development is the community of Las Tunas in one of the Caribbean islands. The community has since developed a microenterprise that is being replicated in another community in this province. The impact of this has been so powerful that both communities are excited and hopeful for the future. The earlier situation in the island was desperate because of the pervasive unemployment and precarious economic situation.

Many churches were built in their backyards from materials that were just lying around. With some financial support from brothers who had visited them, they were able to get these constructions completed.

As a result of the training, the community started making salt and caramel cookies. Now they have perfected the art, increased production, and several families are participating in this new business venture.

This successful business has started catalyzing additional changes. Another family, in a nearby community, has started a mini biscuit factory. This has created more jobs, brought additional economic improvement and stability in the surrounding area. Neighbors are now able to help and bless each other.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8