(Note: Before we begin, I just want to disclose that I connected with this wonderful woman during the month of February as our team wanted to participate in her “Moving From Pain Into Purpose” event. Her generous spirit got my attention and her story just left me inspired to highlight women of God. –Jadine Louissaint)
In celebration of International Women’s Day (which is part of Women’s History Month), we are excited to share the stories of Haitian women entrepreneurs who are impacting their communities with their love of God and talents. In TransforMe Ayiti we call these women “Fanm Pou Bondye,” which translates to “Women For God.” We’ve decided to highlight a woman each week this month.
Aline Milfort is a faithful servant who has survived various life challenges. Refusing to be defeated by multiple tests, she remained grounded in her faith and finally reached the point of acceptance—growing personally and professionally as a woman and a dedicated Christian. At a young age, Aline learned to understand the importance of prayer and attended church every Sunday with her family. Her parents originated from Haiti, but she was raised in the United States and currently resides in South Florida. Serving others has become a main goal for Aline, as she is an active member within her congregation and mentors the youth. Aline received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently in the School Psychology program at Nova Southeastern University. Her level of dedication matched with her tenacious spirit keeps her moving forward to reach new levels of achievement. Tears Turned Into Purpose, her first book (a mini memoir), offers a glimpse inside her young life. Her narrative proves that nothing is impossible to overcome as long as you have faith. I had the honor of interviewing her on March 23, 2017 and would like to share this “Fanm pou Bondye’s” story.
JL: Where were you born?
AM: Hollywood, FL and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL
JL: What part of Haiti are your parents from?
AM: Port-de- Paix, Haiti
JL: Have you ever visited Haiti before?
AM: Yes! Twice actually. The last time being age 12.
JL: Describe your business in one statement.
AM: My focus is to empower women to turn their pain into purpose God’s way. I push women to walk into their purpose despite their past.
JL: When did you find Jesus and how did it change your life?
AM: I didn’t find Jesus. He chose me. ☺ Although, I grew up in the church and was saved and baptized by age 16, I did not really know Him until my senior year in college, at the age of 21. Man! It changed my life drastically for the better. 2012 changed my life to know Him for real and to know I am truly loved by God. Following Christ really brought a lot of understanding of who I am in Him and knowing I have purpose.
JL: What is your favorite Bible verse(s)?
AM: “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” -Proverbs 31:26
JL: What’s your “why” and how did that help you start (business name)?
AM: After overcoming relationships, friendships, sickness, attempt of suicide, and simply being broken, I’ve always loved encouraging others and after the release of my book “Tears Turned into Purpose,” I knew God was calling me to do just that—help other women turn their tears into purpose. I’m passionate of seeing women be free from their past. I am passionate of making Jesus famous one woman at a time.
JL: How do you balance everything?
AM: Great question. I still ask myself that everyday, haha. But honestly, I start and end my day with prayer and alone time with God. If I don’t spend time with Him, my whole mood and day is off. Also, I have a physical planner and calendar in my phone that I use to keep school and ministry deadlines. I definitely plan ahead with everything I have to do. Also, I try and have time for myself. I believe in self-care, if I’m not okay I definitely cannot help others.
JL: Can you share an aha moment?
AM: When I attempted suicide at the age of 15, God saved me. Although I wanted to go, I knew deep down inside that He wasn’t done with me yet.
JL: What has been a discouraging moment during your journey as a business owner and how did you overcome it?
AM: To be honest, at first it was the slowing down of my book sales and feeling stagnant. But I go back to what I told God when I released my book, which is “If I can touch at least one person through my story, I have fulfilled my purpose.” I’ve seen my book land in the hands of women in South Africa. On a daily basis, I get women who message me about certain things, and I just simply thank God He chose me for such a time as this. I learned that it’s not about the sales, but the effectiveness of your product. I am right where God wants me to be.
JL: Do you have any last encouraging words for women who are sitting on their purpose?
AM: What God has called you to do can be the answer to help another person. Your story that you are ashamed to tell is the same story that can help break someone free. God has deposited your purpose into you, now it’s your turn to walk in it. Don’t let fear and doubt keep you bound, step out in faith and watch God blow your mind.
For more information about her upcoming “Pain to Purpose”event please visit https://pain2purpose.eventbrite.com/
or you can visit her website: www.alinemilfort.com