EMPOWERING FRONTLINE LEADERS TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION
AN UPDATE FROM GLOBAL ADVANCE
WHAT CAN ONE WOMAN DO? HOW GOD IS MULTIPLYING THE ESTHER INITIATIVE
or years, women had come to Global Advance training conferences around the world, hungry for more of what God intended for their lives. Recognizing a growing need, in 2014 we surveyed these women and found a theme: they lacked a personal sense of worth and identity. They longed for personal mentoring relationships and needed resources and leadership. We listened, prayed, and responded by using this information to create our Esther Initiative training conferences and mentoring track. We began to see communities transformed by the power of God at work through women all around the world. The Esther Initiative elevates women to the areas of leadership for which they are gifted and created. Whether it be in their home, church, marketplace, or community, women are being inspired to rise up as modern-day Esthers in their nations and to courageously say yes to bold faith in action right where they live. Our goal was to start small and dream big. But God is multiplying our original projections for a higher impact than we could have ever dreamed or imagined. The Esther Initiative has now expanded into twenty six nations. Thank God for what He has done! “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1).
2018 is another groundbreaking year of expansion for the Esther Initiative. In May, Global Advance convened nine high caliber women leaders from South Asia who are pioneering the Esther Initiative vision in their nations. These women come from some of the most unreached places in the world and have sacrificed much to advance the Gospel. They engaged in strategic leadership discussions and created practical action plans that will move them one step closer to greater impact in places that have yet to hear the Good News of Jesus. The intentional training they received was absolutely vital; equally meaningful was the deepening relationships that have formed as a result of our quality time together. God is forming a kingdom coalition to reach South Asia. God is faithfully multiplying the Esther Initiative, for His
glory and for the advance of the Gospel. We believe that one woman can make a powerful kingdom difference when she knows who she is in Christ and walks fully and freely in her calling. We have confidence that her unique kingdom contribution can even change the course of an entire nation.
“They don’t welcome our message, but nothing stops us. We will not waste any opportunity to share Christ. We understand that time is precious.” – Suchitra, Esther Initiative national leader in Bangladesh
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