Etta Harper: A Woman Who Changed Lives And The Benton Harbor Community
By Lenette Evans
Etta Harper was a real soldier for Jesus Christ and for many years she brought change to a community that she had a deep love and passion for. She was a friend, a mother, and a mentor to those who knew her.
She had a deep love for Jesus Christ and loved to worship God for everything he was in her life and more. God was first in her life and gave her strength and wisdom.
But she truly loved her children and family. They were her priority and if you knew Etta you would hear her talk about them often. She wanted more than anything for her children and family to know Jesus like she did, and to be faithful to God, but to also follow their dreams and goals which were all very important to her.
Etta also had a deep unconditional love and passion for her city and for the people no matter who they were.
If you needed anything she would go the extra mile to help you no matter what, even if it was in the middle of the night. She was dedicated and faithful to everyone and most of all honest.
People need to live by her godly example. She was powerful, strong and bold and a woman who always spoke the truth, even when people did not want to hear it. They knew she was honest and passionate about what she did and what she stood for.
Etta was a paraprofessional teacher, a nurse, a model, and she had the ETTA B TALK RADIO SHOW at 103.5 FM. She was a businesswoman and a commissioner for her city. She was inspired to have a learning center for after school hours.
Through the years Etta brought more then 20 children into her home and cared for them, setting a good godly example for them to follow for their future.
She enjoyed and loved life and would always make your day with her laugh and smile, because it was real, and her laughter was one of encouragement.
Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were pleading through us we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God -2 Corinthians 5:20
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven -Matthew 5:16
Etta was the CEO of “STRONG WOMEN WORKING TOWARD POSITIVE CHANGE”. She wanted more than anything for people of every culture to rise up, get involved, and bring unity and change to every area of her city to help the people.
There is nobody like Etta Harper. She was one of a kind and a go-getter. She had a God-driven vision for the city and its people, in hope that others would follow and live out her legacy. She was the best woman and we have lost the most amazing, godly citizen in Benton Harbor we ever could have known.
Thank God that we were so blessed to have known her. She was such a remarkable woman. She loved ALL people unconditionally. Her God-driven vision and passion should live on in ALL of us, and inspire us to bring positive change to a city that needs a jolt of energy. We are called to live out Etta’s dream for the future, which should be our dream as well.
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“Thousands of families, children, and elders in poverty are barely subsisting in this country, while thousands of others are struggling to stay housed after having their houses foreclosed on. If we were given even $1 billion of the $700 billion bailout being offered to corporations, we could bring hundreds of families permanently out of poverty,” said Lisa Gray-Garcia, author of Criminal of Poverty, Growing Up homeless in America and co-founder of POOR Magazine and PoorNewsNetwork.
Lisa and many other very low-income and poor families, youth, and elders publicly released this plea to Congress recently to reconsider the $700 billion bailout and consider giving at least $1 billion to families, youth and elders in poverty.
“Why is it that so many of us are struggling to survive on less than $5,000 a year and congress is considering bailing out these multi-million dollar corporations?” asked Vivien Hain, unemployed mother of three struggling with poverty.
“As poor people we have created solutions to poverty such as permanent housing based on a sweat equity model, all it would take to launch is $1 million!” said Michael Crutchfield , unemployed father of two.
As Congress decides on this extremely expensive bailout, poor people across the nation watch in disbelief. Shelters are closing, state budgets are being slashed, services for the poor are being closed and people’s homes are being lost to foreclosures.
“When poor people ask for help, we are called bums, stupid, lazy and blamed for what got us into poverty. When these high profile panhandlers ask for money they are given $700 billion”, concluded Lisa Gray-Garcia in the statement to Congress.
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