Published on June 3, 2012 | by Patty Arnold1
Suti Sana ~ Restoring a Name
Have you ever gone to church and the pastor decided NOT to preach? Such was the case May 27. But don’t think there wasn’t a message. There was. A very powerful one.
I attend Grace Evangelical Church in Newbury where Pastor Bob preaches very practical, Biblical sermons on a weekly basis. Today, however, he had a special segment dedicated to a guest speaker who was to share before his message. Well, apparently God had other plans, as Laura Staniero, with her presentation about the ministry she is involved in, delivered not just a message about Suti Sana, but a message about the heart of God.
Did you know you are one of the 15% of people in the world who has a roof over his head, running water, and transportation? You are probably NOT one of the 66% of the world’s population who live on $2.00 (USD) a day. You are rich! Thank God daily for your fortune, but let’s remember those who are not so blessed.
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” Proverbs 6:16-19
Human trafficking was the topic today – a target of God’s hatred, and Suti Sana was the ministry bringing hope to those caught in its greedy grip. Human trafficking is the movement of people from one location to another for the purpose of exploiting them. It involves all seven of those things which the Lord hates and more. When one is economically stressed to begin with, then removed from family, friends, neighborhood, community, legal help, familiar laws, and familiar language, they often become powerless to help themselves and are ripe for exploitation. Suti Sana is a Christ-centered therapeutic option for women affected by this evil that plagues our world, focusing especially in El Alto, Bolivia. In the depths of the dark, inhuman exploitation that surrounds the center of this town, House of Hope has created a haven of deliverance for women. These exploited women and girls are invited to partake of an opportunity that provides a means of learning and earning which can sustain them and prevent them from returning to a life of despair. This wonderful ministry reaches into the whole of their broken existence and takes them through Christ–centered therapy, teaching them of the all-encompassing love of God, the worth they have in His eyes, and the understanding that He has a purpose for them to bring them into a confident, self respecting, renewed state of mind. They are taught how to sew beautiful handbags using gorgeous wool fabrics. Each precious handmade item is sold through the hands of people like Laura, where 100% of the sale goes back to the creator. She is also taught how to manage her money, building a savings for the first time in her life.
Suti Sana. Renewing a name. Restoring a life. Suti is an indigenous Aymaran word meaning name, and sana means healed in Spanish. Within a caring community, women can finally experience holistic transformation of healed names and identities.
The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.” Isaiah 62:2
As women are led from a life of captivity having been enslaved by their human traffickers, they change their names. Most were given a ‘working’ name when forced into service. But now they can discard that demeaning name and replace it with something that signifies love and worth. Some will choose the name their parents gave them. Others will choose a whole new name that bursts with life and hope.
If you would like to know more about the work of Suti Sana and the many ways you can help bring hope and deliverance, you may contact Laura through Mapleview Mennonite Church by calling 440-834-8601. She can also provide you with one of these very practical pretty bags that will be a constant reminder to pray for those enslaved.
To get a copy of her very informative eye-opening presentation, call Grace Evangelical Church and ask for the May 27 message by Laura. 440-564-9044.