About Esther’s House

Life is very hard in most sub-Saharan countries, especially in Malawi. In this one small country, two-thirds the size of Arkansas, there are now over a million orphans. Most are     fending for themselves without food, shelter, or hope that anyone even cares. With the average life expectancy of 37, most children don’t get the opportunity to know their parents , learn from them or even have what we would consider a normal childhood.

The statistics are harsh and are a part of why our teams started traveling to this country.  What began with short term teams on mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and meet some immediate physical needs turned into an orphanage facility which is a hub for ministry throughout the area.

Several members from a 2008 short term team.

As teams were faithful to go Christ began to open the eyes of these short term missionaries and gave them a heart to help the people of this impoverished nation.  Together Americans and Malawians united as the Body of Christ showing His love and making this life a little easier for many of His children.

The vision for Esther’s House was truly God sized.  It is the only facility of it’s kind in the central region of Malawi.  Our work there isn’t just executing an American vision in a foreign land, its been developed in collaboration with local input, volunteer efforts and oversight.  God is clearly at work having granted tremendous relationships over the past few years with government officials and tribal authorities, many of which have come to accept Christ.  When the time came to construct Esther’s House the village stepped up, baking brick, carrying water and volunteering time to the construction.  Their American brothers and sisters stepped up both financially and by making the two day journey to work alongside local laborers.

Village Chief: TA Kwataine and his wife

Americans and Malawians working together to raise a water tank.

The result isn’t just an orphanage, but  so much more than that.  Esther’s House is a platform for ministry and sustainable development in the country of Malawi that expands far beyond the scope of caring for kids within its walls.

Current  ministry includes full time care of orphans who call Esther’s House “home,”  a non-residential program which offers assistance with food, clothing, education, and discipleship.  Also, a ministry to local widows who have taken on the responsibility of caring for orphans,  and a feeding program providing hope to over 1,000 impoverished children daily.

Children eating at Esther's House

“Special projects” have been selected which will benefit the community as a whole and will in turn allow  Malawian natives to provide a better quality of life for their children.   American team members travel on both short term and not so short term trips making the implementation of these projects possible.

We are not called just to preach the good news, we are commanded to go and be the good news.  The Bible tells us that if we claim to live in him we are to walk as He did. (1 John 2:6) That’s exactly what Esther’s House is about, walking as He did.  It’s not about building buildings or about elevating our work in this impoverished country.  It’s not about fixing people or their culture.  It’s about pouring ourselves into selfless acts of love and compassion as He did.  It is about meeting physical and spiritual needs as He did and sharing the hope and good news that we all have to look forward to.

For more information about this project and to learn how you can get involved, please visit www.puremission.org.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Steve Ferretti permalink
    May 2, 2010

    If we wanted to help with construction in malawi, who would we contact.
    Steven Ferretti

  2. Cindy House permalink*
    May 3, 2010

    Doug Sarver at First Baptist Church Springdale, AR
    He is the missions pastor and organizes the construction work.

  3. Kelly permalink
    July 28, 2010

    what if we wanted to come there on a misssions trip how do we go about doing that?

  4. Cindy House permalink*
    July 29, 2010

    You can get information at http://www.puremission.org which is a websie about the work here at Esther’s House.

  5. Greg permalink
    October 20, 2010

    any info on adoptions?

  6. Melodi Henry permalink
    January 4, 2012

    My husband, Mark, is leading the team that is arriving there to assist you this next week. I wanted you to know that we are praying for you here in the states. I am going to lead a devotional with 7 of our children tonight about Esther’s House and why we have the responsibility to go. I pray you have an amazing week and see God do miraculous things!


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