Erin Davis: Welcome! We’re so glad you’re joining us. I’m gathered with some friends of mine to talk about the story of Esther. I can’t wait to dig in, but before we do . . . my name is Erin Davis. I live on a sheep farm in Missouri, and I want our listeners to learn about the ladies around the table with me.

So, ladies, tell us about yourself, tell us where you live; give us a tidbit.

Betsy Gómez: My name is Betsy Gómez. I’m from the Dominican Republic, but I am living in Irving, Texas. We live in a very cute mission house, and we love it there! We’ve been there for six months, and God has been so good!

Erin: Do you eat a lot of chips and queso, because that’s what I think of when I think of . . .

Betsy: Let me tell you! I’m actually learning how to cook Mexican food! Tex-Mex, though. (laughter)

Erin: We’re so glad you could join us, Betsy, and we’re also joined by a new friend of mine. Tell us about yourself.

Dr. Venessa Ellen: I am Dr. Venessa Ellen, and I live in Texas as well.

Erin: I’m surrounded by Texans!

Dr. Venessa: I live in Houston, Texas, and I am a mom of two adult girls who gave me four wonderful grandchildren—all boys. I teach at a Bible college. I’m the chair of the women’s ministry program there, and my husband pastors a church …