I moved to Statesboro Georgia in 2013 from Northern California after my whole world changed when my husband, Grant died unexpectedly in 2012. What you need to know is God has done great things with this tragedy and the dark pit I fell into. My son, Logan and I both struggled in our grief for a long time. The details of that grief are dark and beyond sad.
The day Grant died, when I finally had a moment to myself, I hit my knees and prayed asking God to please make something good come from this. My faith and relationship with God really started to grow. After making the move, I found myself blessed with people who came alongside Logan and I by praying for and discipling us. After serving for several years in the recovery community and at the local food pantry, God had a bigger plan. I am blessed to now serve women in need through Esther’s Place! I went from having no joy, no peace and no idea how I would ever get it back; but GOD! Today I have never had so much peace and joy and I give all the glory to God. ~ God makes beauty out of ashes ~
I moved to Statesboro from a small town in South Central Pennsylvania in 2020. After many years of allowing insecurities to rule my life since I was a child from thinking that no one liked me, to I wasn’t smart enough, wasn't rich enough, wasn’t pretty enough, the list goes on and on …just never being enough. After becoming a follower of Jesus at the age of 32, I thought I was on the right path but fell back into sin that ended in a painful divorce. This brought a whole new set of failures that I allowed Satan to put into my head…terrible mom, complete failure, and so on. But I look back at it now knowing God had “His” plan. I hang onto Jeremiah 29:11...the Lord says “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God speaks truth, but for so many years I failed to listen.
After many years of saying it would be great to move south out of the harsh winters, my husband George and I felt God telling us that it was time. Everything fell into place in just a few short months and we landed in Statesboro not knowing anyone or what the next step was. I soon found myself in a family of believers loving on me and I saw God’s plan in action. I found myself plugged into a church, holding Bible studies in our home and serving others in the community. God made it clear that I was created for a time such as this (Esther 4:14). I am blessed to be able to share that hope and love of Jesus by being His hands and feet serving women in need through Esther’s Place.