What is the purpose of my life on earth? While this is something I always consider as I make decisions in my life, I didn’t consider how my faith and work life could intersect. In 2014, three different people asked me what my Christian mission was. I realized that God was trying to tell me something about my life, especially concerning my work. He wanted me to seek Him beyond my personal life and follow His plans for my career, but I didn’t know how to make this change. After much prayer, I realized I wanted to do work that involved educating children and a few months later I got connected with Edify. I knew that this is where God wanted me to be.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
One of the first people I met after joining the Edify Team in 2015 was Berthe, a school proprietor of a nursery and primary school who was passionate about educating poor children. Her school was established in 2013 in a poor community in Kigali City, Rwanda where most of the population works as porters on construction sites, taxi-moto drivers or illegal street vendors. Many of them had children in the area who didn’t go to school. She worked very hard with district leaders to advocate and teach parents about the importance of educating their children. Berthe first partnered with Edify to gain business training to help manage her school finances. That first training then led to the next proprietor training where she learned about the relationship between character education and academic excellence. She realized that she didn’t want to educate children who would go on to become smart criminals and applied to be part of the Cornerstone program. The Cornerstone Program is a leadership development program that focuses on mentoring and discipleship. As a result of the program, the school implemented a mentorship program focusing on teaching children about the importance of values such as honesty and brotherly love. Berthe has seen a change in her students, especially a decrease in stealing from and fighting with each other.
Berthe’s story is similar to my personal story. The change at her school was possible because she decided to include God in her work. By adding Christ to the curriculum, the pupils are getting much more than good grades and Berthe is happy that the school’s image and influence will grow as parents are impacted by the differences they see in their children. I am also grateful to God for the learning opportunity He has given me through Edify. I had a desire to work with children and didn’t know how to approach this goal. At Edify I have learned the power of partnership and supporting each other as one body in Christ to win souls for God’s kingdom. My work is so much more fulfilling than when I used to compartmentalize God’s influence in my life. God is rewriting my story, to Him be the glory always.
About the Author:
Yvonne Mazzi is the Financial Sustainability Officer in Rwanda. She works to ensure that partner schools in Rwanda have healthy financial systems by implementing the QuickBooks Accounting software in schools.
Prior to joining Edify, Yvonne worked as a Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor training and certifying accountants in QuickBooks as well as supporting companies using the software in Rwanda from 2013-2015.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French and is a certified public accountant. She has been working in the financial sector since 2010. When she is not working, she is thinking of ways to contribute to her community and also build a library.