I had the opportunity to meet Emily and Jennifer Sutherland and learn of ESTHERS Children in 2011. Since then, it has been our pleasure and honor to support the important efforts of ESTHERS through the nonprofit organization for which I serve as Director, provideInc. Each year we engage provideInc volunteers in purchasing and donating backpacks and school supplies for the children of ESTHERS as well as other children in need in Recife, Brazil. In addition, to date we have enabled two girls to be a part of ESTHERS' Quiet Strength Community Center through the Child Sponsorship program. We wholeheartedly support ESTHERS Children and can vouch for the honesty, integrity, and sincere faith of both Emily and Jennifer.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to be the first girl from Esthers to come to the United States. I am from Recife, Brazil, and I met Emily and Jennifer Sutherland about 8-9 years ago. I have seen and experienced great things that God has done through this nonprofit organization. And I cannot wait to see what many other great things He is going to do through it in those girls lives. I am actually one fruit of this work.
Emily and Jennifer are doing amazing work at Esthers Children - I've met one of their "success stories" and what a joy it was to see the results of such a valuable agency. They are wonderful people and their commitment to the needs of so many is both heartwarming and a call to action for all of us to help those in our communities and around the world who need us.
ESTHERS Children is a Christian ministry that is changing the lives of dozens of families in Vera Cruz, a little town outside of Recife Brazil, where the culture is steeped in substance abuse, child sexual abuse, poverty, and hopelessness. Working on a shoestring budget, Esther's is showing these families how to live differently and is providing the tools, the direction, the motivation, and the confidence to do so.
Esther's stands for End Sex Trafficking for HER and has been very effective in preventing young girls (ages 4-18) and their moms from falling into a lifestyle of drug/alcohol addiction and prostitution. My wife, Donetta, and I visited their Quiet Strength Community Center on a mission trip in 2013 and learned the secret to their success first-hand.
Their secret is amazingly simple: Love. Love and care for the girls the same way we would care for our own children. Feed them hot meals, give them clean clothes to wear, tutor them when they need help with their homework, teach them a craft, introduce them to Jesus. This builds their self-respect, their self-confidence, and their hope for the future. There's no better protection against evil than this.
This is Matthew 25:34-40 in action and as a result, God's light is shining bright in a very dark place. Please join us in supporting Esther's work in Brazil.
God is great!
I've been involved in fundraising efforts for Esthers Children since 2008. Each year I see progress in the lives of innocent children. It touched me even more when the girls began to invite their families to share the wonderful teachings of the organization. Lives have been forever changed for the better because of work that is taking place with Esthers Childrern supporters.