Prosper and Be In Health, Inc. Prosper and Be In Health, Inc. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:15:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why Give? “Joy of Giving” Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:03:45 +0000 I enjoy giving, especially to youth and families in underserved communities. But, I have often wondered about the reasons why philanthropists give. Please join me in taking a closer look at two extremely successful philanthropists, and their reasons for giving.

Tough Question #10 – Why are you really giving your money away—what’s in it for you?

Gates Notes by Bill & Melinda Gates – February 13, 2018

Bill: It’s not because we think about how we’ll be remembered. We would be delighted if someday diseases like polio and malaria are a distant memory, and the fact that we worked on them is too.

There are two reasons to do something like this. One is that it’s meaningful work. Even before we got married, we talked about how we would eventually spend a lot of time on philanthropy. We think that’s a basic responsibility of anyone with a lot of money. Once you’ve taken care of yourself and your children, the best use of extra wealth is to give it back to society.

The other reason is that we have fun doing it. Both of us love digging into the science behind our work. At Microsoft, I got deep into computer science. At the foundation, it’s computer science plus biology, chemistry, agronomy, and more. I’ll spend hours talking to a crop researcher or an HIV expert, and then I’ll go home, dying to tell Melinda what I’ve learned.

It’s rare to have a job where you get to have both a big impact and a lot of fun. I had it with Microsoft, and I have it with the foundation. I can’t imagine a better way to spend the bulk of my time.

Melinda: We both come from families that believed in leaving the world better than you found it. My parents made sure my siblings and I took the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church to heart. Bill’s mom was known, and his dad still is known, for showing up to advocate for a dizzying number of important causes and support more local organizations than you can count.

When we got to know Warren Buffett, we discovered that he was steeped in those same values, even though he grew up in a different place and at a different time. When Warren entrusted us with giving away a large portion of his wealth, we redoubled our efforts to live up to the values we share.

Of course, these values are not unique to the three of us. Millions of people give back by volunteering their time and donating money to help others. We are, however, in the more unusual position of having a lot of money to donate. Our goal is to do what our parents taught us and do our part to make the world better.

Bill and I have been doing this work, more or less full-time, for 18 years. That’s the majority of our marriage. It’s almost the entirety of our children’s lives. By now the foundation’s work has become inseparable from who we are. We do the work because it’s our life.

We’ve tried to pass on values to our children by talking with them about the foundation’s work, and, as they’ve gotten older, taking them with us on trips so they can see it for themselves. We’ve connected to each other through thousands of daily debriefs on learning sessions, site visits, and strategy meetings. Where we go, who we spend our time with, what we read and watch and listen to—these decisions are made through the prism of our work at the foundation (when we’re not watching The Crown).

Maybe 20 years ago, we could have made a different choice about what to do with our wealth. But now it’s impossible to imagine. If we’d decided to live a different life then, we wouldn’t be us now. This is who we chose to be.

Gates Notes:

Every Blessing,

Frederick E. Esters


Prosper & Be In Health, Inc.

“Prosperity, Health & Transformation”



WHY HAITI? “A Cry for Help” Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:11:39 +0000 WHY HAITI?

“A Cry for Help”

Fall 2004

A Small Boat with Haitian Boat People
    Haitian Boat People

It was just another beautiful tropical day in South Florida. I prayed, ate a light snack, and rushed off to the gym for an early-morning workout. Afterwards, while listening to the radio driving home, I was startled by a news broadcast. A jogger discovered several dead bodies that had washed up on a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Back at home, I turned on the TV to learn more. There were deceased men, women, and children. Deeply shaken, I pondered about who they were, where they came from, and how they drowned. The TV investigative reporter referred to them as the “Haitian Boat People”.

I was relatively new to the West Palm Beach, Florida community with limited knowledge of the plight of the Haitian people, their politics, and history. In the next few hours, I discovered a few answers, but far more important questions were left unanswered – questions that would ultimately impact and alter my destiny, work and ministry for the next thirteen years and beyond.

I began to hear news reports that American citizens were being kidnapped for ransom in Haiti. The U.S. embassy had issued advisories, warning American citizens against traveling to Haiti. Yet, I still felt compelled to go. At the time, it was a burden that I could not adequately explain to my wife and daughter, who had serious concerns about my travel plans. Several weeks later a few business associates and I drove to Miami to take an early morning flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

After arriving in Port-au-Prince, we stayed at the beautiful Montana Hotel nestled in the mountains overlooking the city and bay of Port-au-Prince. Over the next few days, we had an opportunity to meet with several government officials to gather more information, determine their needs, and explain some of our own interests.

Prime Minister Gerard Latortue and Frederick Esters

We were initially attracted to Môle-Saint-Nicholas in the Northwestern region of Haiti for a couple reasons. Two of our Haitian-American business associates were born in the area. It was also known to be one of the poorest regions in Haiti without any major industries, businesses, a hospital or university. The roads leading from the capital were and still are extremely poor, making the several hour trip from Port-au-Prince a challenging adventure. This is why most ministries, medical teams, and aid organization never reach the area.

Although the Northwest region needed the most assistance, we soon realized it also hosted the greatest number of potential sustainable development opportunities. At that time the population was 250,000 residents (est. 750,000 today). The region has miles of beautiful tropical white sand beaches, green mountains, and a natural deep water port. We envisioned creating new sustainable businesses, industries, and jobs for the Haitian people that would change their socio-economic status. The vision was great, but securing the investors to help implement projects was far more challenging, especially considering the political climate in Haiti. It took me years to finally understand the socio-economic, political structure, and intrinsic challenges of doing business and ministry on the island.

Having traveled to other Caribbean nations on business and trade missions, I’ve witnessed impoverished areas, but nothing prepared me for the level of poverty that I saw and experienced in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Yet, in stark contrast, the government palace in Port-au-Prince was stunningly beautiful, filled with rare statues and artwork. There were also palaces, very rich Haitians living at the top of the city. Unfortunately, the palace, Montana Hotel, and many other historic Haitian buildings were destroyed along with over 300,000 Haitians who died during the 2010 earthquake.

On the return trip to Florida, the Haitian airline attendants asked us why we were there. After explaining, they invited us back and reminded us that Haiti needed our help. This only confirmed what I already knew, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor”. Psalm 41:1. We are blessed to be a blessing. “The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped”. Proverbs 11:25 (MSG). The “model” for generous giving is the Lord himself, “though he was rich, yet for our sakes, He became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich”. 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT). Jesus was rich in His Father’s presence, and His self-giving sacrifice on the cross has made all believers rich with the blessings of eternal salvation.

What a contradiction it is to profess to be spiritual, and yet not give faithfully to the Lord, to be our “brother’s keeper”. How selfish it is to be so abundantly blessed, and yet not to “considereth the poor”. Haiti had changed my life. After my anger over what I had witnessed subsided, I knew in my heart that it was high-time to use my God-given gifts (talents) to help change Haiti. Christian giving flows from the heart, a wiliness to give so that others might be helped.

In 2007 my wife and I founded our long-dreamed-of-faith-based ministry: Prosper and Be in Health, Inc. (PBIH). With the belief that everyone, everywhere should “prosper and be in health, just as their soul prospers” (3 John 1:2). We began to support various ministries in Haiti and successfully partnered with Living Water Ministries, Inc. (LWM), who also owned land, schools, churches, and a medical clinic in Northwest Haiti.

PBIH had confirmed its WHY. Over the next several years, I continued to travel to Haiti, and PBIH has sponsored several outreach projects. We recently partnered with LWM on the newly constructed Anse Rouge Christian Secondary School (ARC) project located in Anse Rouge, Haiti. In addition, we are extremely thankful for the financial and construction management support of Food for The Poor, Inc., and their donors for carrying out this project. Because of this collaborative effort, students in the Northwest region can now attain a 7th through 13th-grade education and beyond.

We are transforming Northwest Haiti one student, one school, and one village at a time. Yet, from Haitian children and families, we still hear their “Cry for Help”. Please help us prosper youth, and families in Haiti through health, education, technology, and sustainable business enterprises. To learn more about us, to donate to our cause, or to partner on special projects, please go to the Prosper and Be In Health, Inc., website at

Every Blessing,

Frederick Esters


Prosper and Be In Health, Inc.


Why Anse Rouge Christian Secondary School Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:51:33 +0000 During Prosper and Be In Health, Inc., (PBIH) ministry work in northwest Haiti, we discovered that our Anse Rouge Haitian students had been attending classes in a very dangerous condemned school building, severely damaged during the 2010 earthquake. What we also sadly discovered was that the majority of students in Northwest Haiti only attained a 6th-grade education, primarily because there are no secondary schools (7th-13th Grade) in the region. Understanding the need, along with an invitation to help from “Living Waters Ministries”, PBIH decided it was time for transformation. PBIH became actively involved seeking a solution and decided to reach out to a third nonprofit, “Food For The Poor” (FTP), for assistance to receive fundraising and school construction management support.

The new ARC School
Anse Rouge Christian Secondary School (ARC)

We must thank FTP and its wonderful donors for raising enough money to complete construction of a new secondary school of hope in Anse Rouge, Haiti (Phase I). Our new school is called the Anse Rouge Christian Secondary School (ARC). This transformation has resulted in our youth not only have an opportunity to attend and graduate from high school but also college. A few weeks ago we handed out 400 bibles (200 in French & 200 in Creole) to our students who were delighted to receive them during their first week of classes.

Now that construction of the secondary school is complete, we are continuing our fundraising efforts to systematically complete and finalize Phase I of the secondary school project by providing, permanent electricity (Green Solar Energy), a second water cistern, and broadband Internet services.

ARC School Outdoor Tent

Unfortunately, our primary school students are still currently attending classes in an outdoor tent. So your help is needed, and together our work is not yet complete.

Phase II of our fundraising efforts will consist of building a new permanent structure for our primary students, followed by a new technology & vocational center. We will “Bridge the Digital Divide” in Northwest Haiti. The absolute impact that education, coupled with online educational curriculum & technology will have on “Haiti’s Future Leaders”,  is currently beyond measure. Upon the installation of the ARC school’s broadband service model (Super Wi-Fi, TVWS), we will continue to develop online educational training opportunities for our Haitian students in conjunction with major US corporations and educational institutions, as previously planned.

We are thankful for this opportunity to serve and realize that together, we are literally raising up World Class Leaders. Thank you for all of your continued prayers, encouragement, donations and special project partnerships.

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