Figurine with a Purpose

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International Headlines reported news on October 2, 2006, when a man entered the Nickel Mines one room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County and shot ten girls, ages 6 - 13.  Five of the girls died and the other five were injured in the attack. Emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation for the Amish community's was widely recognized in the following days.  

The Amish do not carry health insurance so a fund was set up in Lancaster County to help with the medical needs of the school girls who sustained lifelong injuries. 

The net proceed from this purchase will  go to the Nickel Mines Accountability Committee fund to help with medical for the girls with lifelong injuries.  

Esther was deeply touched after reading this incredible story of forgiveness in "Forgiven", By Terri Roberts, mother of the shooter. This is a  powerful story of a loving mother's struggle to assimilate the horrific act her son had carried out.  Often families of perpetrators are ostracized and treated as the guilty party.  In light of a world of retaliation, this is a story which shows the power of forgiveness, healing and faith.   Esther received permission from the author to reproduce this figurine with a purpose.   

"Forgiven" by Terri Roberts

with forward by Beverly Lewis

You can purchase the book here.

If you are interested in contributing directly to

the Nickel Mines Accountability Committee fund,

please e-mail me for information at