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the subjects for various letters, to multiple revisions of
the paintings.”
Miller says she chose Esther House because, “I
couldn't look at the great needs of Esther and her friends
in Kenya and not do something. I have a pretty limited
budget, so writing a check wasn't an option for me. I
prayed and asked God what he wanted me to do, and
in time he helped me realize I had other gifts that could
benefit the kids both here and in Kenya.”
Esther House is named in honor of a young girl who won
her battle against cancer with the support of GTWO. In
2009, when Esther Tudo was 5, she came to St. Louis to
receive treatment for the tumor that was growing around
her carotid artery. Miller had the opportunity to meet her
and watch her heal and grow.
Learning Esther’s story made Miller realize that she had
“an opportunity to do something for kids who don't have
families to care for them.”
Esther’s mother is dead, and her father is Deaf and
unable to care for her. Esther now lives with her adopted
family, the Kendagors, in Kenya. Part of GTWO, the
Kendagors care for about 45 children who are either
orphaned or whose parents can no longer provide
for them.
Miller hopes the distribution of her book will allow her to
speak to various groups, share Esther’s story, and inform
people about the project.
A resident of St. Louis, Mo., Miller works for Prints
Charming Corporate Group as an art consultant for
healthcare facilities, designers, and various
other companies.
Miller is currently seeking out churches and bookstores
to sell the books. She is also offering non-profit
organizations the opportunity to purchase books at a
wholesale price and sell them at retail, keeping the
proceeds for their groups.
To purchase a copy of the book, visit
http://getthewordoutinc.memberlodge.org/miller_book.
Alumna publishes children’s
book to benefit charity
By Andrea Weed ’11
William Woods University alumna
Amy Miller
'98 has always had
a heart for kids. She may not have children of her own, but that
doesn’t stop her from helping youngsters across the globe.
Grasping the opportunity to change lives, Miller has written and
illustrated a children’s book of Bible stories. The purchase of
each 27-page hardcover book benefits the Esther House
project, based in Kapenguria, Kenya.
“God’s Words: A Child’s Bible Alphabet” brings the Bible to
life through beautiful watercolor illustrations. Miller uses Bible
verses and illustrations to represent each letter of the alphabet.
The book is meant to capture the attention of young readers and
those who read to them.
“I wanted to create something universal that any child,
anywhere in the world, could pick up, enjoy, and learn from,”
said Miller, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
from William Woods.
The Esther House is a Christian ministry of Get the Word Out,
Inc. (GTWO), which distributes Bibles locally, nationally, and
worldwide. While spreading God’s word, volunteers
encounter children who are struggling to survive in times of war
and epidemic. This gives them another mission—to help feed
and care for children in need.
Miller created the first version of the book for her nephew’s
third birthday.
She said, “It went
through lots of
revisions, moving
from full stories to
one- to two-
sentence
descriptions
(more
suitable
for small
children), to
changes of