Kener

EQUIPPED TO LEAD IN HIS COMMUNITY

Kener

EQUIPPED TO LEAD IN HIS COMMUNITY

Kener

EQUIPPED TO LEAD IN HIS COMMUNITY

Martin Luther King’s bold declaration, “I have a dream!” caused waves which rocked the boats of his time called “Segregation” and “Status Quo.” The ripple-effect has not been quelled though fifty years have passed since his death. In Pignon, Haiti, one man takes courage from Dr. King’s words as he challenges the giants of his own culture called “Generational Poverty,” “Apathy,” and “Hopelessness.” This man’s name is Kener Pierre.

Kener Pierre is married to a gentle-mannered woman named Joanne. Their young son, Kenley, is healthy and active. Mr. Pierre works as a teacher in the community of Fontain. He is an upstanding member of both his community and church. Yet Kener wanted to do more.

“…his heart stirred for the families around him struggling to make a living.”

In 2015, Kener joined Many Hands’ Leadership Development Program – a two-year course focused on developing servant-hearted leaders with Biblical morals who could transform their communities. Akin to a dry sponge, Kener absorbed every activity, lesson, and principle he saw modeled. He wrestled with the information; examining and rearranging it to determine how it could apply to his sphere of influence. All the while God spoke to him.

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, a youth Bible club gathers just beyond the school’s courtyard. Kener Pierre directs the program, though, self-admittedly, he hasn’t always given his best for the kids. After seeing how the staff at Many Hands cherished the children who visited the campus, feeding and loving each child, Kener grew convicted. He made the decision to be more faithful, realizing that helping these children grow spiritually was his responsibility. In the last few years, his increased consistency and patience has had a positive effect on the children who have opened themselves even more to the lessons.

When Kener saw the spiritual growth in himself and those around him, he began to wonder if anything could be done for people’s physical poverty. Once again inspired by what God was doing through MH4H, Kener approached his fellow community leaders, inviting them to plant a plantain field from which the whole community could benefit. The leaders turned him away. Determined, Kener presented his cause to his school. The principal agreed.

Equipped with an empty field and willing students, Kener still lacked the technical agricultural skill. Upon discovering this need, Many Hands Agronomist, Claudin Augustin, went to meet them with the knowledge to share and tools to loan.

At this point, many would think Kener had done enough. But his heart stirred for the families around him struggling to make a living. Kener recalled a line in the book his first-grade class often read from, “One egg can make someone a rich man.”

 

“Each month they use their own earnings to do what they felt God asked of them.”

His first attempts at a chicken program were erratic and only mildly successful. Teachers from the Leadership Development program encouraged Kener to adjust his focus to the lower people of society – those most ignored yet desperately in need.

Again gathering the community leaders, Kener presented his plan. Donate a small portion of their monthly income to buy chickens. Train the neediest families to care for the birds before giving each one a hen. Later each family would return two chicks so the process could continue.

The leaders wanted nothing to do with Kener or his idea.

Yet Kener and his wife, Joanne, have been faithful. Each month they use their own earnings to do what they felt God asked of them. They recently expanded the chicken program outside Fontain to surrounding communities, training and blessing the least of these.

Kener’s story isn’t finished yet. It’s full of moving parts intricately designed for the glory of God to be revealed from the beginning to the end.

God is active in Haiti through Kener and others like him, and through the 50/50 Campaign, you have equipped other leaders to meet God’s call on their lives. Your donations enable us to side-by-side with the future leaders of Haiti, equipping and strengthening them to meet the challenges facing their families and communities.

 

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