Cristhina Danies became captivated by missions during a semester in college where she served as a missionary abroad as a part of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board’s Hands On Program.
Danies said she’s always been on a mission from God.
The Colombia native moved from her home country, to Miami, at 11, and by age 15 she had a clear vision for what her life’s work was going to be: protect women and children from trafficking and exploitation.
In high school, Danies began studying Italian and grew a love for the culture.
“I started praying for Italy,” Danies said, in an interview with Baptist Press. “And once I read a statistic that said Italy was less than 1 percent evangelical Christians, I prayed God would provide me with a way to combine my passions for social work and missions in Italy.”
That way would come when she entered college and went on a mission trip to Italy. She was connected to an anti-trafficking organization called Vite Trasformate, which was founded in Nuova Vita Church in Bologna, Italy.
Through the International Mission Board, Danies was able to work directly with Vite Trasformate, reaching out to marginalized and exploited women on the streets of Bologna. The organization provides holistic support, including a place to stay and the message of the gospel.
Years later, Danies is now a co-leader of Vite Trasformate with her husband, and the organization has expanded throughout Italy.
Source: Baptist Press