I want to share with you about SutiSana and the living hope they are bringing to the most vulnerable. SutiSana is a ministry that was founded in 2010 in El Alto, Bolivia, by Word Made Flesh, a Christ-centered organization serving those most in need around the world. SutiSana seeks to provide dignified employment for women and a new life to those attempting to leave prostitution. It is their desire to offer healing and restoration through the love of Jesus. This is beautifully described through SutiSana, which means “Healed Name,” and is inspired by Isaiah 62:2.
“You will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will bestow.”
When the women leave prostitution, they leave their old name behind and the ways of their old life. SutiSana offers these women a hope deeper than anything from this world, a new identity in Christ. One woman shared, “to me SutiSana means new life, new hope, a better tomorrow.” The people of SutiSana are not only providing sustainability for these women, but they are leading them toward new life as beloved adopted daughters of our Father.
SutiSana offers sewing and lifestyle classes to teach the women how to lead a life outside of prostitution. “When a woman joins SutiSana, she receives all benefits, including health insurance. She and her children are supported through community, and she is given opportunities to continually grow – learning to design bags, work with new materials, and even coach other women as they leave prostitution.” -SutiSana
Another woman shared her story saying, “What I like best about SutiSana is that I feel as if I am home. I feel that I can confide in everybody and I feel surrounded by a full love.”
We too experience this deep yearning to find intimacy, to be known and loved. While many of us have not faced the darkness these women have, we all need the saving grace of Christ. When we receive this grace, we are called by a new name, bestowed by our Father. Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”
SutiSana is just one of so many vessels the Lord is using to share his gift of redemption. Learn more about SutiSana and see their beautiful bags and purses!