Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.Maya Angelou
Esmé was raised in the Western Cape of South Africa. She grew up in home with parents, Leon and Marianne Schmitt, who still serve God with all their hearts. Esmé also had the privilege to be lead to the Lord by her dad at a young age.
“I can still remember the moment when my dad knelt next to me in church. He lead me in a prayer to receive Jesus as my Savior.”
In high school Esmé developed the desire to bring the gospel to the nations. At school she ‘practised’ being a missionary by teaching the Bible to small groups of kids and sharing her God experiences with children at her school.
“As long as I can remember, I loved the Presence of God. I always wanted more of God. Church was my favourite place.’
Esmé has a long history in education, with a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Cape Town. She started her career as a school teacher and then became a Mathematics education lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University. After some years of lecturing, Esmé became involved with various projects including teacher training and development in Mathematics and the developing of Mathematics test for the Western Cape Education Department. Esmé is also the author of several series of Mathematics textbooks that are currently being used in schools in South Africa, Lesotho and Zambia.
“I am continually declaring the Glory and Wisdom of God over Education in South Africa. I believe that God wants our children to have an excellent education.”
Whilst studying teaching at the University of Stellenbosch, Esmé learned the skill of puppetry. Since then, she has used this tool to minister to children in Southern Africa, North and South America. Her puppet called Sunshine is an all time favorite with both adults and kids. Esmé also had been privileged to write and produce Children’s Christian radio theatre for Radio Tygerberg. Her stories, called Brille sê, aired for nearly 5 years in the Western Cape.
In 2012 God called Esmé into full-time ministry and she became the children’s pastor of Supernatural Kids at God Adventure in East London.
“I simply love it when children encounter God’s Presence and see their first miracle. Oh the joy on their faces…it’s priceless!.”
Currently, Esmé is overseeing children’s churches in South Africa. She is also mentoring children’s pastors or leaders in South Africa, France and Mozambique.
God has called Esmé to do adult and kid conferences in nations all over the world. She is passionate about seeing children walk into the fullness of their destiny, knowing the love of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and experiencing and knowing His Presence.
Esmé also wants to train people working with and parenting children, to identify and unlock a child’s Godly identity and to mobilise and equip them to raise a new generation of revivalists.