Love Malta: The Gospel In Action
When you picture a “prostitute,” what comes to mind: Tight, revealing clothing that screams sleazy? Someone so far from God that it would take more than a miracle to save? It’s funny how wrong we can be and how much God loves all his children, regardless of the lives they live. Going into the Red Light District of Malta in September of 2017, Rachelle Brewer wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It wasn’t until she let God take control that she was able to bring a ray of hope into the life of a young woman named Sonja.
The first thing you notice about Sonja is her smile. She has the most beautiful smile you have ever seen! Sonja is a blonde-haired Romanian woman, late 20s/early 30s, just trying to make enough money to live. She was not dressed the way you would typically think for a woman “working the corner.” She wore a loose flowy shirt and jeans, accompanied by a lot of makeup. Sonja’s story would break your heart. One of the first questions Rachelle asked was if she liked her job. Sonja’s answer, “No, why would I?” So why would such a beautiful young woman get into the business when she is worth far more than the dollar signs placed on her? Sonja’s current situation became real after she got married; her now ex-husband got her the job. Can you imagine doing that to someone you claim to love? Just the thought is merely heartbreaking.
Although she was on the clock, Rachelle shared the Gospel with Sonja and told of the life transformation God had done on her husband, Josh. He had turned from a delinquent youth with drug and alcohol addictions to a kind, loving, faithful husband. In a world where this woman constantly interacts with men objectifying her, Rachelle saw an opportunity to introduce Sonja to a true man of God. Not in a million years did she think that she would ever introduce her husband to a prostitute, but God works in amazing ways! Through this, Sonja saw firsthand the kind of love God wants for his Children. The kind of love she should be shown: The Love of Christ. The conversation soon wrapped up and they invited Sonja to attend the Love Malta Festival that weekend. Not knowing what her response would be, Rachelle asked Sonja for her number to stay in contact. To their amazement, she gave it to them. Later that night Rachelle sent her a message. Sonja was excited, but wouldn’t be able to make it Friday, or Saturday because of work, but planned to come to the festival on Sunday.
Sunday rolled around and Sonja was nowhere to be seen. After shooting her a few unanswered text messages, Rachelle’s heart sank. Disappointed, Rachelle felt it in her heart once more to go into the Red Light District. Again, Sonja was nowhere to be found. Spying a few girls that looked familiar, Rachelle asked if any of them knew where Sonja might be. One girl immediately pointed to a strip club.
Bible in hand, Rachelle walked into the strip club to find Sonja sitting at the bar. Seeing Rachelle, her eyes lit up and a huge beautiful smile shot straight across her face. She genuinely apologized for not attending the festival because she had been called back into work. After a little conversation, Rachelle handed Sonja a Bible in which she had highlighted special verses and written words of encouragement. She looked up at Rachelle, “I promise you I will read this, because I have never had a Bible, and I am so excited!”
When sharing the Gospel, sometimes we expect too much of ourselves. It is hard to remember at times that it isn’t about our efforts and how effectively we think we have shared the Gospel with anyone. We are the tools that God uses. Everything that happened with Sonja was guided by God’s hand. In this case, Rachelle got God’s word into Sonja’s hand, prayed with and encouraged her. There was no big “come to Christ” moment, but God used Rachelle to plant a seed in this young woman’s life. Join us in prayer for Sonja that she will read her Bible and learn more about the true love of Jesus Christ!
“Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.” – Matthew 21:31-32