Bishop, my name is Camila and I am happy to say that I’ve been a member of the UCKG since 1999. I have always paid close attention to your preaching about family, marriage and children. I am married and a mother of two girls. But a while back I started to pay closer attention to your preaching and made a point of purchasing all your books and reading them quickly. Some of them I even reread. Though you don’t know me, I feel like I've known you for years and that you’re a part of my own family. I pay even closer attention to anything you say about your wife, Mrs. Ester. Whether in books or from the altar your words about her are sweet and affectionate and always remind me of what a great role model she is.
Women are constantly seeking role models. My mother has personality, a good character, is generous, and has many good values to be admired and followed, but in matters of faith, unfortunately I cannot follow in her footsteps.
Women of faith in the past are role models, but we live in the 21st century and I needed a female figure to admire and model my life after.
In your preaching, and even in your biography, my attention is drawn to the role of your wife, and I have found myself admiring her more and more. It is clear that behind the great man of God that you are, there is a great woman of God.
And so, I decided to adopt a very simple catchphrase that I believe was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Whenever I’m going through hard times with my husband, or we have a problem to solve, I stop and ask myself: "What would Mrs. Ester do? How would she act?"
I then get on my knees and place it in God’s hands, and show Him that I’ve chosen her as my role model. Ever since the results have been very helpful and satisfying.
How great it is to have such a great example. Thanks for sharing the virtues of an ideal woman with the people of the Church. I’ve learned so much.
God bless you.
Camila - São Caetano do Sul / SP - Brazil