In our “Faith and Work” blog series, we explore how our staff members’ individual faith helps fuel their drive to provide people around the world with the means to lift themselves out of poverty.
March 2018 marked the beginning of my journey with MEDA. Today – 4 years later – I am impressed and excited to see how the organization has grown, and it motivates me to continue working Towards an Equal World, while also Building for Impact.
This goal could be intimidating given the global context we live in. Many countries are in the midst of war and conflict; individuals face inequalities not only due to their gender, but due to their class, ethnicity, educational level, and more. But instead of letting this intimidate me, it pushes me to choose faith over the facts.
When we experience difficulties in our lives, in our professional path, in our family relations, sometimes we focus only on the facts. For example, war is a fact, inequity is a fact, but we have and serve a supernatural GOD who urges us to believe, to have faith. As Martha said to Jesus when Lazarus died, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now, God will grant you whatever you ask of him.” That is what faith is all about. We may have many facts that tell us that we will not get out of a difficulty, but faith that God is with us will help us triumph over that.
In MEDA, I have felt the power of faith. Not only in God, but in my team, organization and even in my country, a needy and grateful people who place faith over the facts. MEDA has given me the opportunity to prove that talent, diversity, and co-creating together is an opportunity for growth no matter what country we are from, or what race, ethnicity, or religion.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “You have not undergone any trial that is not humanly bearable. And you can trust God, who will not let you suffer trials harder than you can bear. On the contrary, when the trial comes, God will also give you the way out of it, so that you can bear it.”
I have met some women entrepreneurs who have faced gender-based violence and abuse for generations, yet they continue to persist and keep hope in MEDA’s programs. To me, this is evidence of God’s goodness, and how He gives us the strength to persevere through trials.
Mark 9:23 says, “If you can believe, all things are possible to Him who believes.”
Thank you, MEDA, for giving me the opportunity to be part of this family of faith over facts.