Pray for Lauran Bethell, ministering world-wide to victims of human traffickingOctober 14, 2011
Lauran serves as a consultant with grassroots organizations,
encouraging the development of new projects dealing with the issues of
prostitution, trafficking in persons and other forms of abuse and
exploitation. While based in The Netherlands, she travels extensively
throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas,
teaching, training and consulting.
She recently shared in her journal: The last time I had seen
NaBo was on her wedding day in Chiang
more than 10 years ago. At that time, I was none too pleased that she had
decided to marry a man she didn’t know well, who lived in Malaysia.
desperately ill with malaria and all manner of intestinal parasites, when I saw
NaBo in those very first days after opening the New Life Center in 1987, I thought
she was twice her age. She desperately needed us and the medical care and
education we were able to give her. She graduated and became one of our
valuable staff members. NaBo had developed a deep love for Jesus,
and had prayed fervently about her decision to marry. Who was I to
question what she felt that God was leading her to do? She wanted me to
walk her down the aisle, as the “mother of the bride”. And she wanted me
to speak and bless her marriage. Feeling the way I did, what could I say?
God was faithful to
give me the words. To me, the wedding became not only the joining
together of NaBo and her husband, but the Commissioning of a missionary to Malaysia!
I was able to bless NaBo’s union—and commission her to be God’s shining light
of love to those in her new community and country!
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to go to Malaysia for the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering—and was able to have a wonderful reunion with NaBo. YES, she IS a Shining Light of God’s Love in her community! Right after she arrived in her new country, she found a wonderful church, which warmly embraced her. She started inviting her neighbors to join her in worship and Bible studies—and some have accepted Jesus and been baptized! Truly, hearing NaBo’s testimony of faith and witness was the highlight of my Malaysian journey!
Through NaBo, I was
reminded how much we need each other: she needed us at the New Life Center during those critical years of her life; I
needed her inspirational and encouraging words in Kuala Lumpur. Very much. And I
also need your prayers and financial support. Thank you for your participation
in Christ’s ministry through me!
· Pray for Lauran and the many women who are seeking to free victims of human trafficking all over the world.
· Pray for open hearts of love and hands of help among God’s people in the churches to the plight of those who are being trafficked.