Thursday, December 31, 2015

Self-Reliance through multiple means

Meet Nicole and Alejandro.  Evangeline, Alejandro's wife, Nicole's Mom has been working in Hong Kong for 12 years.  We have a missionary couple in Hong Kong that are working with Evangeline to help her become self-reliant and we are working with Alejandro and Nicole to help them.  

When Evangeline went to Hong Kong 12 years ago they sold Alejandro's tricycle to pay for her to go because she could make more there than he was making here.  Now 12 years later they are no better off financially than they were then and their family has not been together all these years.

One of the goals of self-reliance is to keep families together.  Life is not about how much money you have, it is about families.  Families are eternal and need to be together to build the relationships necessary for a forever family.

Last May Alejandro joined the church and made changes in his life.  He wants his family together.  He wants to be sealed for eternity in the House of the Lord.  He wants his family living together in one house, together everyday, not just for two weeks vacation each year.

So what do we do in self-reliance to help?  Self-Reliance Services is not a new concept but is a new organization which falls under the Perpetual Education Fund in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  During the past two years there have been some amazing materials given to us to aid in our pursuit of self-reliance. 

What is Self-Reliance?
“Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family”.

President Thomas S. Monson has counseled, “[Self-reliance] is an essential element in our spiritual as well as our temporal well-being.” 
You can read more about this program at SRS.LDS.org

Evangeline will compete her contract in 2017.  By then the family will have businesses in place to support them.  We first met this family in early October and started working on a plan for them.  



 Alejandro wanted to start driving a tricycle again for his business.  He had already purchased a motorcycle and started making payments on a sidecar.  Two weeks ago the sidecar was installed and he started driving for hire.   Nicole has been going to College, studying Hotel and Restaurant management.  She loves cooking and baking and has done very well in those classes.  She now is able to cook snacks and sell them at her house.  They are both working hard to find more customers and increase their income.  Evangeline is working hard to pay off loans that they took prior to this.

What a blessing it is to see a family work together and take responsibility to solve their own problems.  There are a lot of work to do with this family before they are all back together in the Philippines, however it is fun to see how much they have already accomplished in three short months.



Do you think I look good in pink?  The color of the Trikes is determined by the city where it is licensed.

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