The Lord continues to bless this ministry with talented young leaders and Suzanna Esther is no exception! She, as well others serving here, comes to us from State College, PA. Suzanna Esther is an HDFS (Human Development and Family Studies) major with a minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy from Penn State University. She is completing her last semester of coursework interning at Esperanza de Ana.
We could not have asked for a better-suited and gifted leader. Her unique background and skills have made her not only a valuable asset to the team, but a great encourager and friend to our staff. With her Spanish fluency, experience with children, and researcher's eye, she quickly became an integral part of the work we do with children and families that have experienced trauma and/or are in crisis.
Suzanna Esther has been working alongside our families under the guidance of our national staff administrator, Irma Marquez. At our last family meeting, she led a creative activity that encouraged parents to make memories with their children and to prioritize spending quality time with them.
Suzanna Esther also works directly with our pre-school children; alongside our missionary staff member, Julie Lundberg. Her focus is on giving individual attention and support to three of our newest little ones in the program, Keyler, Kiery, and Irvin. These kids come from two families that have recently been admitted into the program, both passing through major crises. This is the first time for these 3 children to be in a structured environment. It is their first time to receive formal education, as well. Suzanna Esther is working hard to build their confidence in the classroom, helping them reach age-level standards in motor skills and and other development areas. This includes the task of helping them learn to follow classroom rhythms and focus on teacher instructions.
This Friday, she is giving a workshop at our staff meeting on the theme: 'Risk and Protective Factors of Maltreatment'. We are grateful for the strength she brings to this team and the heart with which she loves and cares for the children here.