One Challenge is committed to assisting the whole body of Christ to bring God’s transformation to lives, communities, and nations. How this looks varies from situation to situation, depending how God is at work within a life, community, city, or nation.
One way the One Challenge team living in Málaga, Spain assists believers is through caring for and supporting cross-cultural workers who are on the frontlines of difficult ministry. For the past eight years, a multi-agency team of women has facilitated a retreat for Spanish and Portuguese-speaking women who work in difficult ministries and in challenging countries.
In April 2017, they expect to see 35 workers from 10 countries at the retreat.
The Setting of Bea’s Story
One woman blessed by this retreat is Bea. Bea runs a ministry to thousands of trafficked women in Spain and North Africa. The problem is more complex than it seems, and bigger than most people believe. Málaga is a gateway for human trafficking. This beautiful Mediterranean city of white villages and white sand beaches is also known as the brothel of Europe.
While the rest of Málaga sleeps, Bea and her two co-laborers drive around in a minivan with a trunk loaded with hot chocolate and muffins. They find the prostitutes between jobs, shivering in the cold, sometimes bruised and beaten by their johns. Bea and her team have had their lives threatened because they have rescued a few and are in contact with the police to stop illegal activity.
They recently opened a drop-in center where women (who often have no legal paperwork as they are “prisoners” of their captors) can stop by and receive medical attention, a cup of coffee, or just sit and talk.
From Retreat to Ongoing Connection
“Bea told me at the inauguration of the drop-in center that the ministry exists, because she came to the women’s retreat last May. She was burnt out, ready to quit and return to her home country,” said Laura, a One Challenge staff member in Málaga. “Because of the way the Lord ministered to her at the retreat, she is still actively out there, rescuing and loving on women who desperately need that same ministry.”
God has been good in this ministry. Last year they were able to rescue a girl who was just 12 years old. They helped several others start a new life in another city, helping them get papers and find work. “Through the process, these women find love — from a God who is bigger than all that they have lived and experienced,” Laura says.
Laura connected with Bea at the last retreat, where in a shared prayer time, Bea poured out her heart to her sister in Christ. Laura and Bea continue to meet from time to time and often Bea texts her before she’s going “in” to the neighborhood where they are working. “She calls with urgent prayer requests. She has realized that their work cannot be done without an undergirding and overarching cover of prayer. It’s just too dangerous,” Laura says.
How to Get Involved
Bea is one story of the many of how God is at work through these Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking women from countries all over the world. Many commit their lives to serve in ministry with a budget that’s barely enough to cover life expenses, let alone a retreat.
- Pray for these women who will attend the retreat at the end of April. Pray that they will meet Him in new ways and feel refreshed and renewed to continue the work He has given them.
- Pray for the One Challenge team in Málaga and others as they pray, care for, support, and encourage these warriors for Christ.
- If the Lord is calling you to help get these women to the retreat, you can donate online using the designated “project” area, with the notation: Malaga Latina Women’s Retreat 440047.
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. One Challenge wants to encourage a high level of care for global workers, providing the opportunity for them to thrive in their countries of service, bringing the best of who they are to the kingdom growth effort. We pursue genuine relationships and accountability in family, friendship, team, ministry, and local communities of faith.
One Challenge is committed to bringing God’s transforming love and hope to all people. We identify and work to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals and communities, providing opportunities for deeper level relationships and deeper levels of change. These ministries include education, medical services, agricultural development, community development, and small business mentoring … helping local people to build a healthy community.