In the Bible, Jesus speaks of the three men and their talents. A master had three slaves and gave them several talents to increase their value. One was given 5 talents and went to work, doubling the amount for his master. The other took his 2 talents and did the same; however, the man with 1 talent buried his talents in the ground and did nothing, leaving the master angry at the great loss.
Meet Johny Jean-Smith, an adult education teacher with ASPIRE and a faithful follower of Christ.
Johny has been working with TDRP since September 2017 at which time he was a volunteer assisting students with homework through the STAR Centre. It became quickly known to TDRP that Johny was special. His enthusiasm for teaching was infectious, and his students were eager to learn from him.
Always displaying gratitude for the opportunity to earn an income for his family. Walking 20 miles per day to work in 100+ heat and down-pouring rain during the rainy season ... never complaining and always boasting a brilliant smile.
In 2018, Johny was offered a part-time position with TDRP as a Level II Adult Education Teacher and immediately put his "talents" to good use. In less than a year, Johny built his family a home and purchased his own parcel of land. Something most Haitian people never get to experience in their lifetime.
Johny's gratitude and zest for life continues to bless him. Recently, Johny received his second promotion as an employee of TDRP and now holds the title of Lead Adult Education Teacher of ASPIRE; and, soon, he will begin pursuing university to become a certified teacher.
Johny's example in the community has been inviting to others and is in fact changing the mindset of many in that "dreams do come true." TDRP is sure Jesus is looking down upon Johny and saying,
"Well done, my good and faithful servant."
(Pictured above is Johny with his sweet boy Djoudjou and his lovely wife, Nadege. Also, Johny and his family care for a child from their neighborhood without a home).