Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
Update from Spain, C-House and Betsy
In this New Year I wish to share a few items of PRAISE for God’s answers to prayer last year. I’d also like to say a Big THANK YOU for your involvement in making my ministry possible. If you wish to be more committed to praying regularly for my work and follow my ministry more closely, please write to me and ask to join my 'Daily Prayer Partners' to whom I write at least monthly with more detailed and/or urgent prayer needs.
As you will recall, C-House is a ministry offering assistance to women from all over the world who have been caught in sexual exploitation here in Spain. During 2016 we have been building our work team. We are very glad to now have with us the Lain family, who are CAMA workers, and will be heading up the Spain ENVISION Site, receiving short term and mid-term workers who come to assist our ministry and fill other ministry opportunities within Spain. In addition we have been moving forward in our partnership with the Pearl project, a like-minded local Christian NGO also working against sexual exploitation and Human Trafficking.
In November, after months of planning and searching, we were able to prepare and inaugurate a Ministry Center we share with Pearl. The location is fantastic, in the heart of the city for easy access; and the facility is wonderful as well. The purpose of the center is to be able to minister to women still caught in prostitution, where they can come for counseling, social work support, training and other forms of assistance. We hope to build relationships in a safe environment so that we can support and encourage them to take the bold and courageous step to leave their life of bondage. In addition, once the residential program has been re-launched, it will also be our official address and the place where our residents experience daytime activities, like furthering education, job training and work experience, counseling, etc. This will help create a more normal and healthy rhythm to their new lives, and allow HOME to be the place for rest, fun and ‘off-hour” activities.
Our first resident, 'Grace' and her 2 children, who came to us back in May of 2013 and finished our program at the end of 2014, moved to Germany for Christmas that year. The reason for such a big change was because she was not able to gain her legal status or asylum here in Spain. Due to some very painful and complex circumstances related to Grace’s circumstance of ‘slavery’ in her home country in sub-Saharan Africa, Grace & her daughter were both at risk of harm from the child’s father’s family, both in their home country and in Spain. We have been praying ever since they left Spain that she would be granted asylum in Germany.
The asylum process took longer than we expected, and Grace struggled financially over the last several months, though safely housed in a group apartment building for asylum seekers, with privacy, but shared facilities. She has faced all of these circumstances bravely, though always seeking my emotional support and counsel, as well as asking for ongoing prayers from my friends and supporters back in the US. I was finally able to visit this precious family in November, and it was very special!
Grace called to share the WONDERFUL answer to prayer she received as her very special Christmas gift from our loving Father - the letter granting her and her family permanent asylum! Praise God for His Faithfulness! This finally opens the door to a full life of physical freedom. I am also thankful that she continues seeking fellowship and recently found a good church to attend regularly.
I am so grateful to each of you who have given faithfully so I can share the Good News of Jesus with women who have endured such terrible abuse and never experienced God’s Love or understood the message of Salvation. As you make your plans for giving this year, I’d like to ask you to consider giving to the Great Commission Fund. This fund has supported me for a total of 19 years of ministry in Spain!
If you'd like to participate in this way, you may do so through the "Give" link to the RIGHT of this page. You may choose to be a regular ongoing donor or give a one-time donation. Your donation can be specifically designated, as seen on this page. “Support of Betsy Blanchard” provides for my regular living expenses. There are several other options you may wish to consider as well. Or you may look up the Approved Special “C-House” at the GIVE link at the TOP of this page, and give specifically to the work helping women out of sexual exploitation.
You may prefer to write a check and send it to: The C&MA, 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, indicating clearly on the memo line how you wish to designate your gift, writing ‘support’ or ‘work’ of Betsy Blanchard or ‘C - House’. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!
As we look forward to the new and exciting things God has in store for us this year, remember that Emmanuel means God With Us- NOT only a promise for Christmas, but all through the year! Rejoice with me also that Jesus was sent to us from the Father “To bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open the prison to those who are bound” (Is. 61: 1b) as He has done for Grace and her family, and as He desires to do for many more!
May you experience God’s Presence throughout the whole of 2017!
How to Pray for C-House
•Praise God for our ENVISION Site coordinators, who arrived in the summer. Pray for Larry & Krista Lain as they continue in language study, then receive the first ENVISION teams this summer. Pray for the whole family as they continue adapting to a very different culture from Mongolia, where they last served! There have been some struggles along the way.
•Thank God with us for our new Ministry Center, shared with the Pearl team (*see main letter) where we can connect with women who have not yet left their situation of sexual exploitation and bondage, and plan new ministry options to our target group.
•Pray that God will continue leading clearly and giving us peace in each transition. Pray especially for Grace and her children, who will soon have the opportunity to find an apartment and begin their life independently after a long season of waiting. (*see the main letter)
• Pray that God will draw together the right people for our core team. We have several young people considering internships of various durations. There are quite a number of people on the horizon. But we really want those whom God has already called and is preparing for this ministry. We need Mature People who have the spiritual WISDOM and MATURITY to handle some BIG spiritual battles that come with this territory!
•PRAY especially for a mature young Hungarian woman (Bernadett) living locally who is volunteering with us. She needs a good, steady JOB that would allow her to cover her living expenses, so she can continue living here and working with us. We are SO Grateful for her FAITHFULNESS that led her to come with little support in obedience to God's Call.
•Please consider joining my personal prayer team, called "Daily Prayer Partners" (or DPPers for short). Let me know if you are interested joining this vital team of prayer warriors.
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