Sandra Mattner

I have been happily married to my husband Stephan since 10.05.2014 and on 06.04.2016 God gave us our wonderful son Elias Samuel. How I came to faith and mission among prostitutes in Kenya, I would never have thought possible. My Christian faith became concrete in 2007 when I was 20 years old.I was invited to a church service where a coloured pastor was preaching. (Funny in retrospect that he was African of all people.) Before this service, I prayed to God that if he existed as I had been told before, he should give me a sign. And he did!

I was invited to a church service where a coloured pastor was preaching. (Funny in retrospect that he was African of all people.) Before this service, I prayed to God that if he existed as I had been told before, he should give me a sign. And he did!

I felt such unspeakable love as I had never known. My body trembled and I had to cry for almost the whole service. Although I had always been loved by my family, had a boyfriend and a great circle of friends, inside I was empty and depressed. Something was missing, I had a big hole in my heart and didn’t know why until now. In that service, Jesus made me feel his love and the hole in my heart was filled – until today! The decision for him was the best of my life and the greatest gift of all!

I started telling everyone about Jesus! To convince? Of course not, only He can do that. He is the highest love and when you are in love, you want to introduce your beloved to everyone immediately. That is exactly my heart’s desire: To share the love I have experienced. To pass on my testimony to people. Especially to those people who feel unworthy and unloved, because Jesus gave me his gaze and his heart for them. The unseen, those who are on the margins of society. For they do not know what unspeakable value they have and how incomparably God loves them. I have experienced this myself and so have many others I know. ­čÖé The Bible says that Jesus is the light of the world, and he wants to shine through us. He desires that he can be a reaching hand, a comforting shoulder to people through us. That our words and deeds be out of his love.

I want to bring his light into the darkness, to pass on his love to people. Because that is the most beautiful experience a person can have.Nevertheless, I was never a person who would have gone abroad of my own accord. I felt very much at home in our beautiful Germany, especially in my dream city of L├╝neburg, where my husband and I lived for the last few years and had our son Elias. Here I stood in this heart, here I was allowed to feel how Jesus prepared many things for me in my everyday life.Jesus also grabbed my heart in L├╝neburg for a work among prostituted women and so in 2015 it came to the foundation of the “Sisters for Hope”, a ministry among women in L├╝neburg and the surrounding area, whose name God gave. I was allowed to get involved and gain experience in this environment from my Christian church. I was inspired by the work of “Mission Freedom” (https://mission-freedom.de/), a ministry among women who had been forcibly prostituted, which had been founded in my former congregation of FG-Neugraben.

Happy and in my calling in Germany, so how did it come about that I went on mission to Kenya? This can be read under our vocation story.