Social Innovation in the Streets of Waco
Jordan Ables had everything figured out. She would be attending Texas A&M to study Bio-medical Engineering. That was four years ago. Now, her plans for the future include millions of shoes, and she couldn't be happier.
After accompanying a friend to a Baylor University Premiere, Jordan knew she wanted to spend the next four years here. "It is funny to look back and see how I had the 'perfect' plan laid out and how God 'ruined' it," Jordan recalls. "I had no idea what I was going to major in or what I was going to do with the rest of my life, but I knew, that day, that God was calling me to Baylor."
While at Baylor, Jordan quickly found her niche in business. She enjoyed the idea of putting her talents to use by becoming an entrepreneur. She was given the opportunity to do work-study at Mission Waco and found her new love--community service. She had conviction and direction, but it was a sense of purpose that had eluded Jordan and she was determined to find it.
"I remember going to sleep one night after work, praying that God would show me a way to reconcile this deep passion for social justice and empowerment and what I was doing with my life," Jordan said.
The answers to her prayers began to unfold the next day in business class. A guest speaker talked about social entrepreneurship. What he was describing sounded like a job outlined specifically with Jordan in mind. This is what she had been looking for. "I knew this was it; this is what I was meant to do with my life," Jordan said.
As Jordan prepared for another year at Baylor, she planned to take social entrepreneur courses with the Department of Entrepreneurship's Social Entrepreneurship in Africa program. The program, partnered with Mission Waco, would send her and her classmates to Rwanda for 16 days to continue a micro-financing project.
Jordan is also pursuing an internship with TOMS Shoes. Whether it be taking a community leader position in her residential hall or passing out shoes to the shoeless, Jordan continues to use her talents to help people in need by taking her lessons outside of the classroom and incorporating her love of service.
"I am still amazed to think that my life almost went in a completely different direction, and I am so thankful that God has worked through this university, through the faculty and staff here, and through people I meet everyday who don't realize what an impact they have had on me and my life," Jordan said.
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