My name is Matina, I’m 19 years old and I am originally from Madagascar. Last year, two messages from Pastor Brian really spoke life into my heart – “Kings and Queens” and “You are the One”. They helped me to make difficult decisions when I felt discouraged and made me realise that I had to get out of my comfort zone. For quite a few years now, I have wanted to help young people from Madagascar, but I always told myself that I was too young. I was convinced that my age disqualified me from what I really wanted to do. After hearing Pastor Brian preach on “You are the One”, I decided to be an answer to someone in need. I created my own company to help young, underprivileged Madagascans get out of poverty by helping them find a job in the digital industry. We train them in a specific area for 4 months, which then helps them land an internship or a part-time job with a company. They often end up being hired full-time or go on to freelance in that area.
I’ve decided to be a social entrepreneur because, without money, your ability to help others is limited. Through my company, I want to show that making a profit can be used for a social impact and change lives. But above all else, I just want to show God’s love and His heart. By doing so, I know that I’m entering my calling. Pastor Brian’s message has helped me stay the path on this journey.