Abbie"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12 As an outreach ministry of GEMS Girls’ Clubs, The Esther School is inspiring GEMS girls worldwide to live out their faith. It is showing girls that they can make a difference not just when they are older, but right now, for such a time as this. Here’s the story of one girl who felt the tug of the Lord on her heart to serve a child across the world.

Abbie is an 8th grade student and member of the Bethel CRC GEMS club in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Abbie has attended GEMS Girls’ Clubs since she was in 3rd grade. Through GEMS, Abbie attended an event called the “We Walk Tour.” At the event, GEMS girls and their mothers listened to a speaker and sang songs. In addition, attendees watched a video of The Esther School and the speaker challenged clubs to buy bricks to help build the school.

“On the way home I asked my mom if she thought I could buy some bricks and she thought it was a good idea,” explained Abbie. “Then I thought maybe I could send someone to school, so that’s what I decided – I’ll send a little girl to school.”

With her mind made up, Abbie signed up to become a sponsor and began raising money through babysitting, bake sales, and a paper route. Abbie is in her third year of sponsoring her student, Elena, and has been able to watch her grow from preschool to kindergarten and now to Grade One.

“It has been fun to receive letters and emails from The Esther School and watch Elena grow in God... I can see in her letters and cards how much she is learning,” reflected Abbie. “I feel that this is what Jesus would want me to do with the gifts that I have been given and I am so glad to be able to help her.”

Abbie hopes to someday travel to The Esther School and meet Elena. When asked if she wanted to sponsor Elena through graduation, Abbie stated very simply, “Yeah, I will keep sponsoring her. You can’t just stop going to school.”