Life in the destitute nation of Haiti is hard. But through Dorcas Ministry Shop, God is using Esther Giunta to ease the burden of poverty for a small group of women in the capital city of Port au Prince. Just as Dorcas in the book of Acts is remembered for doing good and helping the poor, Esther's desire is for the bridal gown rental business to be an avenue through which the poor and the widows of Haiti can be helped.
Specializing in renting and selling reasonably priced bridal and formal gowns, Dorcas Ministry Shop offers a needed service to its customers and life-changing wages to its employees. Acquiring a steady income is a dream come true in a nation where the poverty rate is 78 percent.
When the shop opened in 2012, it not only brought to fruition an idea that evolved in Esther's mind over a period of years, but it also brought great joy to her mission-minded heart.
Becoming a missionary to Haiti
Though Esther was nearing retirement age when she first set foot in the country of Haiti, her heart for missions goes back to childhood. "I remember as a teenager I always wanted to go on the mission field. I've always had a heart for it," she said.
A preacher's kid, Esther grew up to marry a preacher herself. Through most of her adult life, she and her husband Pino's mission field was in the United States, but when they made the leap from shepherding an American church to caring for Haitians, they knew it was the right place and the right time.1