We often cite 1 Samuel 15:22, “obedience is greater than sacrifice.” But in the life of Stephanie they happen to co-exist. Her obedience is her sacrifice. After tying the knot with her husband Marc, she relocates to Haiti to stand by him as they labor in the Kingdom of God. This exhibits sympathy, selflessness, submission, and strength. Very few people want to travel to Haiti, much less to completely settle there. It is important to stress that leaving The United States was never the blueprint she had for her life. But she embraced what God had planned for her. She is Esther-esque, self-sacrificing and obedient to the call that is over her life. Her courage and fearlessness are praiseworthy.
Here goes my virtual interview with Stephanie:
1. What do you do?
I am an elementary school teacher currently teaching second grade at a private Christian School in Haiti.
2.What is one thing you would like the audience to know about you?
After being born and raised in the US for the past 29 years of my life, I took a leap of faith and moved to Haiti. I got married, moved out of the country, and started a new job all within the same week!! Over the past 7 months, I have grown to love and learn more about the Haitian culture. I look forward to continuing this journey on this beautiful island.
3. How do you deal with failures, hardships, judgmental and pessimistic people?
I’ve learned to replace my fears with faith. I may not get things right the first time around, but I know I can do all things through Christ. His timing is always perfect. Hardships- God never gives us more than we can bear. If I am unable to get through things on my own, I am blessed with the support of my husband, family, and close friends. Judgmental and pessimistic people – WOY!!!! This is a tough one because it varies depending on my relationship with that person. Most of the time I try to disregard the negative things being said. I’ve learned not to allow the opinions of other to influence my perspective.
4.What advice would you offer women wanting to be like you and make a difference?
A strong woman is independent but a stronger woman is dependent on God. Know your worth, set your goals and your standards high, love and respect yourself, travel the world, and live YOUR best life.
I’m stronger with her. Her “Yes” impels me to put God’s plan before my plans. It establishes that my obedience to God is far greater than anything I could ever want in life. What should you look out for? Hearing many testimonies of people running to Jesus through the work her and her husband are doing in Haiti.
Here’s to a crown of life for you Stephanie,
[*] Pray for them as they labor in God’s Kingdom. If you would like to make a donation to help them serve while in Haiti, please send donations to www.paypal.me/marcantoine1 or contact Stephanie: firstname.lastname@example.org