We love to share with you the joy of The Esther School. Students learning, getting to know Jesus, overcoming obstacles. But in reality, some things are hard.
 
Behind the shining smiles and blue uniforms are children coming from hard places. Poverty isn’t just a word to them - it’s a reality. That means many of them face the worry of not enough food or clean water. It means families are left broken by death.
 
Today we received news of the death of a student's mother. She was the fourth parent to pass away this semester. Eight of our students and their siblings are left without a mother or father by these deaths.

Poverty creates barriers to accessing even the most basic of health care, and because of this inaccessibility, sickness and disease takes lives too young and too often. And this community feels that fact first hand.
 
We don’t share this with you to discourage. Easter reminds us “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (Isaiah 25:8). We may live in a dark and broken world but Jesus gave us light through hope and victory.
 
He also gave us each other.

“In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
(Ephesians 6:18 MSG)

We’re thankful that Jesus allows us to stand by these children in their loss and we invite you to stand with us in prayer. Nothing is more effective than bringing the plight of these children before the Lord in prayer.
 
Poverty is hard but it doesn’t have the final say. These children face harsh realities, but every day we get to offer the hope and joy of Jesus that covers all brokenness.

It's because of Jesus that we can say "Weeping may stay for the night but rejoicing comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5)