Stones of Remembrance: How God is Multiplying the Esther Initiative

Our Esther Initiative team in Bangladesh celebrates the launch of our very first Esther Initiative training in Dhaka this month!

Our Esther Initiative team in Bangladesh celebrates the launch of our very first Esther Initiative training in Dhaka this month!

THINK ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS DONE

“Fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” –1 Samuel 12:24

In 2014, Global Advance followed the Lord’s leading to a next-level development of the Esther Initiative. For years, women had come to Global Advance training conferences all around the world, hungry for more of what God intended for their lives. 

We conducted a Global Needs Assessment for Women with 103 leaders in 48 nations to gain greater insight into the needs of women. We found that while cultures, specific circumstances, and challenges may vary from nation to nation, basic needs remained the same. Women lack personal worth and identity. They need biblical resources and leadership training. They’re made for community and long for personal mentoring relationships.

We listened, we prayed, and we responded. 

By God’s grace, we took this information and developed a leadership training resource for women. We intentionally built our Esther Initiative training conferences and mentoring track on our findings, and we began to see communities transformed by the power of God at work through ordinary 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 the home, the church, the marketplace, or in their communities, women are being inspired to rise up as modern day Esthers in their nations – to courageously say yes to bold faith in action right where they live. 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 believe that her unique kingdom contribution could even change the course of a nation.

Young women in Bangladesh gather around our “Esther Manual,” as they dig deeper into lessons such as My Identity in Christ, Nurturing My Relationship With God, Servant Leadership, and Leading Where God Has Placed You.

Young women in Bangladesh gather around our “Esther Manual,” as they dig deeper into lessons such as My Identity in Christ, Nurturing My Relationship With God, Servant Leadership, and Leading Where God Has Placed You.

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

We’re grateful.

Grateful for clear direction from God, grateful for a strong foundation laid, grateful for the inspirational frontline women leaders He has brought in our path, and so very grateful for your partnership that has allowed us to answer such a great need. 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 mentoring track is just one example of this. What began as a pilot mentoring group of ten regional women leaders four years ago has now expanded into 27 nations. 

One Esther Initiative national team leader in Bangladesh told us, “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.”

One Esther Initiative national team leader in Bangladesh told us, “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.”

TELL OTHERS WHAT GOD HAS DONE

“When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.” –Joshua 4:21-22

2018 was another groundbreaking year of expanded vision for the Esther Initiative – this time through the strategic development of select national women leaders. Last 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 are moving them towards greater gospel impact in their nations. 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 strengthening a kingdom coalition to reach South Asia, and these women are playing crucial roles in that initiative.

Surrounded by gripping poverty and a population that is 99% Muslim, the physical and spiritual needs in Bangladesh are so great that ministry leaders often feel isolated and overwhelmed in their work. Last year, we began strategizing with the national team about next steps to train women leaders in their nation. This month, that dream became reality!

Surrounded by gripping poverty and a population that is 99% Muslim, the physical and spiritual needs in Bangladesh are so great that ministry leaders often feel isolated and overwhelmed in their work. Last year, we began strategizing with the national team about next steps to train women leaders in their nation. This month, that dream became reality!

With 15 Esther Initiative training events in 10 nations on the docket for 2019, this is another year of expanded reach. God is faithfully multiplying the Esther Initiative, for His glory and for the advance of the gospel.

Friends, what a privilege it is to remind you that YOU are a crucial part of this story. 

Thank you for praying, going, and giving as we lock arms with these frontline leaders in the hardest, most unreached regions of the world. There's nothing better than knowing, loving, and serving Jesus together.

WHITNEY D.