Sleep on it. It’s good advice for people who are pondering a decision in their lives. For Berndette Eliard, the idea of “sleeping on it” has helped her take action to further the desires of her heart.
When she was a senior in high school, Bernadette Eliard joined a Bible study and really enjoyed it. Over time, she became more involved in the life of the church.
A crisis had developed in the women’s ministry and Bernadette was asked to become the leader. She declined. But by the time a new pastor was in place, Bernadette woke one morning, after having a dream where she was the leader of the women’s group. Not long after, the new pastor appointed her to be the next leader. Bernadette said, “Then I didn’t say no. And I thought if this is God’s way, I will agree with it and from that time I began leading the women’s ministry.
While leading the women’s ministry and teaching Sunday school, Bernadette felt a desire to continue learning more about God. One night she had a dream where she saw a friend. In the dream, she asked her friend, “Where have you been? I haven’t seen you in awhile?” The friend said, “I am studying theology.” Bernadette replied, “I have wanted to do that for a long time, so it seems I will study theology as well.”
Bernadette’s two dreams were powerful to her. She decided to take action, meeting with the dean of the seminary about enrolling. In fact, she enrolled without having any way to pay for it. Bernadette told the Dean she would need a scholarship and through connections to the Micah Scholar program of Haiti Partners, her dream of attending seminary came true.
It is her first year of studying at STEP (Evangelical Theological Seminary of Port-au-Prince). Bernadette’s hope for the future is that there will be more women who will follow in her footsteps. Walking by faith, Bernadette is following her desire to grow more deeply into her relationship with God and in leadership for the world.