I am Jackie Watkins. Pray with me today: Lord, help to strengthen this town that I love. May we find industry, water, and the things we need to continue to help them have a vibrant community among your children.
I could tell as soon as Nedio walked into the room that he was driven to learn and better himself. He had an infectious smile and bright eyes shining God's goodness and light. He walked into the room looking for his future.
Three of the times I've traveled to Mozambique, I've taught a business class to hope-filled entrepreneurs. Each time I would spend a week learning these young people's hopes and dreams, only to leave wondering how they'd be able to scrape up enough money to start their own business. This year would be different. This year we would invest in the future of a few bright individuals with solid business plans.
Nedio spent his childhood helping his mother cook and he discovered he had his mother's gift for cooking. He knew that the community would benefit from a bakery that offered bread, cakes, cookies, but his specialty would be yogurt. After presenting his business plan to our mission team he was awarded $500 to start his business. He tried to maintain his emotions, but in the end he literally jumped for joy and exclaimed "I'm so happy!" with tears running down his face.
Two years later, Nedio has a thriving business that not only serves wonderful desserts, but has expanded into event planning for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. He has three employees to help him run his flourishing business.
Nedio gave me some delicious desserts when I returned to Chicuque in July 2017. But more than anything, I've seen the Spirit of God shining through that smile of his.
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. -1 Corinthians 16:13
Join me in supporting the amazing efforts of Mozambique Missions by bidding in the silent auction, making a donation, or coming to our educational experience on April 22.