Ester Stephany da Costa Antunes is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Ester is from Búzios, Brazil, a beach town east of Rio de Janeiro, where she is a member of Central Methodist Church. She is a deaconess of the Methodist Church of Brazil. Ester did general studies at the Paulo Freire Municipal College in Armação dos Búzios and completed a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the Federal Institute of Education and Technology in Rio de Janeiro. She has worked in health services, including intensive care, in Rio and Búzios.
Born into a missionary’s home, Ester says she has always known “the incomparable love of Jesus…. Every day is a day of praise to the Lord, and on sad days I reflect on how good it is to be happy with Jesus.”
“When I got involved in a mission project at the age of 15, I realized that it was enjoyable to serve and help people. Later, when I became a health professional and had specific requests at the hospital, I noticed how good it is to give biopsychosocial and spiritual support to people, that it is precious to be useful, and how good it is to have creativity rooted in the love of God and love of people. I was born to serve and love,, born to walk with people.”
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