Erin Davis: Welcome back to the Women of the Bible podcast. You’re listening to Season 2: Esther, and this is Episode 4. We’re working our way through the book of Esther, and I’m joined by some sweet friends of mine. Betsy’s been a friend of mine for a long time; Dr. Venessa and I are new friends, and we have something in common: we all love hot tea!

So, ladies, I’m going to let you introduce yourselves to the women who are listening and tell us your favorite hot tea, what you like in your hot tea. Have you got a favorite mug? Everything we need to know about your hot tea habit I want you to share with us. So, Dr. Venessa, we’ll start with you while I take a sip of my . . . I’m drinking Earl Gray this morning.

Dr. Venessa Ellen: Okay. My name is Venessa Ellen, and I’m out of Houston Texas, and I’m a pastor’s wife. My husband pastors a church down there, Community of Faith Bible Church. I have many hats. I teach at a Bible college. But in terms of tea . . . I like good old-fashioned mango tea, any kind of fruity tea with lots and lots of raw honey. 

Erin: What’s raw honey versus regular honey?

Dr. Venessa: Meaning it hasn’t been filtered and processed and messed with; straight out of the comb, that’s right! Yeah!

Erin: Straight from the bees! Alright, that sounds pretty good! How about …