The Esther School, a division of Dynamic Youth Ministries, is a Christian day school in Nyangwena, Zambia. Opened in the fall of 2012, the school equips orphaned and under-resourced children to serve God, their families, and their communities to their fullest potential.
We believe that children have a purpose—not just someday—but right here, right now. They are capable of amazing ingenuity and are bursting with potential. The Esther School seeks to nurture the whole child, unlocking the full, God-given potential of all of our students by addressing their educational, emotional, and spiritual needs.
The Esther School began as an outreach ministry of GEMS Girls' Clubs, Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior, an organization that seeks to bring girls everywhere into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. In 2008, God brought a new assignment to GEMS Girls’ Clubs. A team of GEMS leaders traveled to Zambia with the hope of starting clubs in the country. As they traveled, the team witnessed the educational need present in Zambia and dreamed of starting a school. This dream became a reality when their tour took them into Nyangwena, a rural village.
During their time in Nyangwena, the women met with the local chief. They explained the impact GEMS clubs could have on the girls of his village. The chief wanted to help the children of his village and decided to donate 25 acres of land for GEMS to build a school for the girls AND boys. GEMS Girls’ Clubs saw the educational need and realized a school would not only benefit the children of the area, but provide an opportunity for GEMS girls everywhere to live out their faith. As a result, in 2008, The Esther School was founded. Ground broke in 2009 and The Esther School welcomed its first classes in 2012.
Since it's opening, The Esther School has sought to equip the orphaned and under resourced children in Nyangwena, Zambia. We are providing a holistic Christian education and reaching the surrounding community with the Gospel. The Esther School is growing and adding a grade level every year. Find out how you can help build a community of servant leaders for the Kingdom!
Mission & Vision
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to provide a holistic, Christian education that develops the passion and skills students need to become servant leaders in the Kingdom of God.
Our vision is to build a thriving community of faithful and skillful servant leaders aided by the development of a strong and mutually edifying partnership between parents, community members, and Christ-followers from other countries around the world.
We believe the Bible to be the infallibly inspired Word of God.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1,2; John 1:1-5,14).
We believe God created all things from nothing. He created men and women in His image and without sin (Genesis 1:27).
We believe man rebelled against God and sinned. Therefore all humans are sinners (Romans 3:23).
We believe Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is truly God and truly man (Luke 1:35).
We believe Jesus died on a cross to pay the price of our sins.Those who accept Him as Savior are justified by His blood (Isaiah 53:5 and Romans 5:8,9).
We believe Jesus arose bodily from the grave and returned to Heaven where He is our High Priest (1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Hebrews 4:14-16).
We believe the Holy Spirit bestows the gift of faith whereby mankind is born again in Christ and becomes a child of God (1 John 3:1; Romans 8:16,17).
We believe the Holy Spirit abides with and comforts us until Christ’s return (John 14:16).
We believe when Jesus returns from Heaven all will be raised – those who believe will have eternal life in Him; those who do not believe will be eternally condemned (John 5:28,29).
We are a staff of different cultures and a unified goal: Glorify God and educate children to live for the Lord wherever they find themselves in the Kingdom.
Zambia is a beautiful country with hospitable people. But the Zambian people face some staggering challenges. With over half of the population living under the poverty line and living in rural areas, many people experience extreme obstacles to receiving an education.
Check out the facts below and see why God has called us to Zambia:
Net attendance ratio in primary education is 72%
Net attendance ratio in secondary education is 46%
Average ratio of pupil to teacher is 48:1
School days are only half a day
47% of those enrolled in school do not complete the primary cycle.
Zambia's total population: 15 million
Under 18 population: 7.7 million
59.1% of the population live in rural areas
60.5% of the population live below Zambia's poverty line
Statistics taken from World Bank Report (2013), CIA Factbook, and UNICEF
Learn more at the UNICEF Website
GEMS Girls' Clubs
GEMS Girls' Clubs
The vision for GEMS Girls’ Clubs is well defined: to see girls around the world actively and enthusiastically expressing love for God and others—girls equipped, motivated, and passionately engaged in living out their faith.
By starting GEMS Girls' Clubs in the Lusaka area, it was quickly understood that a Christian education for Zambian children was the best way to help build God's kingdom and equip servant leaders for Christ.
In 2008, God brought a new assignment to the GEMS ministry that created real opportunities for girls to express and live out their faith in a clear and tangible way. The Esther School easily and quickly became a mission focus that GEMS girls everywhere embraced. Girls in North America wanted to make a difference for other children their age and were shown through GEMS that they could do so.
As The Esther School grows by adding grades each year and seeks to accomplish its mission of providing a holistic, Christian education that develops the passion and skills students need to become servant leaders, it is in every way doing that not only for the children in Zambia but for GEMS girls everywhere. Together, children from both continents are learning what it means to be Christ followers and how to live out their love for Jesus by serving others.