How Esther’s Sponsors Gave Her a Vision for the Future

11/20/14

Esther is a senior at COTN’s International Christian Academy in Malawi, where she loves studying science. It’s her last year of secondary education, and she’s hoping to follow up high school by training to be a nurse. Her aim is to bring healing to the sick in places where proper medical attention is difficult to reach. 

 
But Esther hasn’t always had goals for her future. Before coming to COTN’s school, Esther says, “I had no hope at all. I was living without vision for my life. I wasn’t doing enough for my future.” 
 
Before coming into COTN's child sponsorship program, Esther says, "I was living
      Before coming into COTN's child sponsorship program, Esther says, "I was living without vision for my life."
 
Esther’s parents moved her large family from the rural area of southern Malawi to Lilongwe, the capital, in order to find work. But aside from volunteering as a pastor at a local Baptist church, finding a source of income has been a struggle for her father. 
 
Without jobs, her parents could not provide enough food to feed Esther and her seven siblings. Dealing with so much difficulty just staying fed, Esther didn’t spend much time thinking about her life goals. Continuing her education through high school seemed impossible. 
 
When Esther came into COTN’s child sponsorship program, it was a huge relief to her and her parents. Thanks to her sponsors, Esther is able to live on campus at the school, where she has enough time and nourishment to focus on her studies. 
 
Sponsors help to provide COTN's students with a good education and daily meals so the students can focus on their schoolwork and not be bothered by hunger pangs. 
 
But Esther’s sponsors don’t just provide for her physically; the emotional and spiritual support she receives has been just as beneficial to her education. “At COTN I have found many friends I needed. I never had close friends like the ones I have now,” Esther says, adding that she and her friends enjoy going over their lessons together, especially math and science problems. 
 
In addition to finding new friends at COTN, Esther found God. “I have learned that God is the savior of our lives,” Esther says. “I was lost but God found me. I am now walking with Jesus.” Being a part of COTN has encouraged Esther to see the plans that God has for her future. “COTN has given me a vision for my life,” she says.
 
Esther asks for prayers that she would do well on her exams this year, so she can achieve her goal of becoming a nurse in the future. 
 
Esther would like to thank her sponsors for bringing her into the COTN family and helping her find success. As she finishes up her final year of school, she asks for prayer that she would do well on her final exams and become a skilled nurse capable of bringing healing and transformation to her community. 
  
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Proverbs 29:18King James Version (KJV)

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Thank God for His vision for Esther!!