While serving her pastoral internship during the COVID-19 pandemic, Esther Sianipar faced the challenges of expanding her congregation’s ministries outside the walls of the church building. This experience has motivated her to incorporate technology into her future endeavors.
“I would like to offer women and elder women technology and practical training skills for them to be able to join virtual worship, meetings, conversations and receive real-time information,” she says. “I believe that in performing radical hospitality grounded by our faith in God, we can create positive changes and justice.”
When she has completed her Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Esther plans to continue serving women and children.
She says, “I have always worked and advocated for children, youth and families—especially mothers, daughters and elder women in multicultural and diverse settings in my own country of Indonesia as well as in the United States, especially those who are living on the margins with limited access and opportunities for a better future.”
Esther says, “This scholarship is a blessing for women who are passionate and dedicated to help other women and children to have better access to life in all its fullness! Thank you for selecting me so that I am able to pursue my studies and be called as an ordained pastor where I can be a blessing to others through ministry.”
The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits and civic organizations and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate and activate.
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