Spirit-Led Woman

Want to receive SpiritLed Woman by email? Sign up here
Anna Sander
Anna Sander

The SpiritLed Woman podcast is empowering women weekly to follow their purpose in Christ and boldly walk in faith. Listen at charismapodcastnetwork.com.

In Stockholm, women from around the world are finding real love that frees them from the sex that once enslaved them. After listening to each other’s stories of rescue from the hushed world of sex trafficking, tears fill the eyes of everyone in the room, and joy is experienced for the first time.

Swedish Christian Anna Sander works among these women, young and old, in a nongovernmental organization called Talitha. The name originates from the account in the Gospel of Mark where Jesus said, “Talitha koum,” meaning “Little girl, rise up,” and brought a young girl from death to life.

The broken handcuffs Sander daily pins to her shirt represent being set free in Jesus’ love. This message of freedom is constantly welcomed with tears of joy by those being rescued from sex slavery.

Sander's life was changed by the gospel she once rejected. While staying with a Christian host family in Georgia through an exchange program, she went to Florida to help victims of Hurricane Andrew. She saw the difference in the reactions of Christians and non-Christians and explained, “Being a Christian is not what I thought, and I decided that I wanted to be a Christian.”

Involvement with Talitha enables Sander to live out her Christian faith. Talitha offers trauma therapy and twice-weekly psychoeducation and Bible teaching on topics such as self-esteem, values and other moral issues. Many of the women have never learned to set a plan for their future.

Sander shares the story of one of these women.

While in Latvia, one girl met the man of her dreams, and he charmed her with promises of a better life in Western Europe, where he said the rest of his relatives lived. She gladly went ahead to France to meet his sisters and relatives.

“When she got there,” Sander says, “she understood that there was nothing that he had talked about, and she ended up in prostitution pretty much right away and never saw this man again.”

Her life of prostitution took her around Europe under the power of an older woman. Eventually the police found the young woman and imprisoned her and her fellow workers, along with the woman who owned them.

Upon being released, the young woman decided to stop prostituting herself, but “she met several people from that network in the street and they threatened her," Sander says, "and they also murdered a member of her family because she refused to go back into prostitution. So she came [to Sweden] and ended up in prostitution in Sweden because she had no way to support herself. She was almost starving to death, so she had to sell herself.

“A person from church found her in a prostitution street and said, ‘I know Talitha—that’s an organization that can help you.’ So they sent her to us. We have helped her now for two years, and she’s doing really good. Really good. She’s working, she’s learning Swedish and she’s doing fine.”

Sander’s love flows through every aspect of her life into love for all the people of Stockholm. As she works with others, including International Mission Board representatives David and Laura Moench, to plant a church in the heart of the city, her hopes outweigh her doubts of the city coming to know Jesus.

Much of what they do in church planting has been adapted from churches elsewhere in the country and throughout the world.

“This is a brand new church, only since the 10th of March, and we try to do different kinds of outreach,” Sander says.

Some opportunities to talk about Jesus come as they take a coffee wagon to a strategic intersection in Stockholm and offer free coffee. They also host children’s events that allow families to meet others in the community. Other relationships are forged as artists visit each other’s exhibitions and discuss common interests.

Sander pleads for prayer on behalf of Sweden and asks readers, “Pray for the Swedish hearts, because they are so hard and they are so focused on material things and what they think is to have success in life. Pray that their hearts will be broken and start to search for God.”

Reprinted with permission from The Alabama Baptist.

Draw closer to God. Experience the presence of the Holy Spirit every month as you read Charisma magazine. Sign up now to get Charisma for as low as $1 per issue.

Get to know the Holy Spirit and how to interact with Him on a daily basis. Learn to enter God's presence and hear His voice clearly for yourself! Go deeper in your faith with Life in the Spirit and change your life and destiny. Are you ready to start your journey?

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
View/Add Comments
  • Hillary Clinton

    What if Hillary Clinton Wins the White House?

    Polls have Mrs. Clinton leading by 11 points. The church must be prepared.

  • Holy Spirit prophetic

    7 Ways to Cultivate Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit

    Too many of God's people are led by fear, doubt, man-pleasing, presumption, assumption, idols ...

  • What if You Could Save $500 This Week?

    What if You Could Save $500 This Week?

    Start saving for emergencies today with the $500 Savings Challenge by brightpeak financial. It's chock-full of inspiration, great savings tips and the motivation to make a dent in your savings—for real! Go to 500savingschallenge.com to sign up!

  • Guarding the gates of your heart will keep the demonic and evil out of your life.

    Keep the Demonic Out of Your Life With This Oft-Overlooked Spiritual Warfare Strategy

    The enemy knows his limitations. Limit him.

  • Highway exit signs

    Prophetic Word: Watch for the Exit Signs to Light Up This Season

    Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty in the harvest fields. The "barnyard anointing" ...

  • Jezebel puppets

    10 Ways to Spot Jezebel's Spiritually Slick Undercover Con Artists

    It's time to stop tolerating Jezebel in all its many manifestations.

  • Finger pointing

    The Accuser vs. Donald Trump—and Us All

    This isn't a political persuasion piece, but a current-event case study in the strategies of ...

  • Daily scripture reading, meditation and prayer can seem elusive with your busy schedule.

    10 Small Steps to Deeper Intimacy With Holy Spirit in Your Quiet Times

    If deep quiet times seem just out of your reach with your busy schedule, try one of these ...

  • Lance Wallnau

    Lance Wallnau Is on Fire and on Target With His Insights on the Culture and This Election

    I'm sickened by the self-righteous, weak-kneed "evangelicals" who want to be liked by ...

  • Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you.

  • Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. In His Presence takes you to a deeper understanding of who God is and how he communicates with us.

  • Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Receive the power and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit Baptism. Don’t go empty-handed; accept all that He has for you! His power is available to those who ask.

  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    Put on the Full Armor of God

    Break every stronghold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Use the power of your tongue to declare and decree the Word of God. Witness heaven move on your behalf.

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit