When God redeemed a woman trapped in slavery, He uses her testimony and the work of an artist to continue sharing the truth and hope of His redemption.
There are women all over the world who have been deceived and sold into slavery. Most of these women don’t get to experience a redeemed version of life after they’ve been trafficked into prostitution, but one woman called Ilona has experienced redemption and freedom in Christ. The Lord rescued Ilona from the bonds of her slavery. Hers is a beautiful story, one with incredible hope in how the Lord called her to Himself. Ilona has written a book about her personal story which will also be created into a booklet. This serves two purposes: to create awareness and to bring the hope of the gospel and redemption to women trapped in similar circumstances that Ilona once experienced.
In working directly with Ilona, graphic designer Sabrina from MediaWorks has created illustrations that really speak to the heart of this story. Through much prayer for guidance, patience, persistence, and a passion for illustration and the gospel, Sabrina is helping to bring awareness and the hope of the gospel to these women. “It is incredibly special to be trusted to create art for and layout someone’s life story,” Sabrina shares, “especially one as powerful as this. It is a true privilege to be used by God in the ways He sees fit. He does not need us, but He wants to use us!”
Illustration has long been a dream of Sabrina’s, and the Lord is using her gifts and talents to make eternal impact. One of the team members shared Ephesians 2:10 with her a couple of years ago when she joined the team: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepares beforehand, that we should walk in them.” It’s been a joy and encouragement to see one of those “good works” that the Lord prepared for her. “It’s such a blessing to use your skills to further God’s kingdom,” Sabrina says. “It’s our part in the body of Christ–everyone plays their part–and we get to provide what the outreach team would use.” She is excited to encourage others to step out in obedience and faith to use their gifts in similar ways. She says, “It seems like an enormous step to commit your life, but choosing a few years and seeing what God does is an excellent place to begin.”
Our prayer is that these booklets and this book will touch lives — that it wouldn’t just be another story, but that people would come to Jesus because of it and those who are Christians would be drawn to glorify and praise God.
Are you a graphic designer, artist or illustrator? We’d love to have you join us as we seek to make the hope of the gospel known all over the world.
Photos: Sabrina Rageth and Wilma Vis