Life is a pathway, an old road of dust and gravel. I’m enjoying walking this road called life, through it I am learning, growing, being challenged and changed. Discovering more of myself in the One who created me and calls me by name. I’m pretty much a sold out “Yeshua – Freak,” believing in holiness, truth and integrity. I’m a writer and author whose passion is for people, women and men, to experience Healing for their wounds and pain. For years I used my voice in the counseling room and then as a writer. I’ve written to create awareness and to expose the atrocities of gender inequality, abuse, gendercide, false doctrines on womanhood and a lot more. My passion is the pen, yet God has also awoken my soul to speaking audibly on radio and stage, at conferences and with small crowds. I will always be a “small crowd loving” woman, because I want to hear the voices of the women I minister to. I want to see their eyes and smiles, I want to see them. Together with my husband, we co – lead a ministry dedicated to teaching biblical truth, to proclaiming the messages on God’s heart for the current season, and to outreach work and advocating for social justice. I’m a qualified counselling therapist, and an ordained minister. I love teaching the Bible, especially about the lesser – known, silenced women in the Word and how powerfully their lives can speak to us. At present, I am writing historical fiction, as my main focus is bringing to global consciousness, the impact of “Her – Stories.” You’ll find a lot of that over here, especially on my book page Yehudit and on the Heroine Collection tab. This site is dedicated mainly to my writing and author musings.
I pray you will find something uplifting and encouraging on this slice of the web.
Thanks for joining me!
Storyteller. Visionary. Woman. Justice Passionate. Creative. Wife. Child of Yahweh. Daughter. Sister. Gender Equality Activist. Writer. Researcher. Ordained Minister. Speaker. Friend. Compassionate.
Academically minded fellow peeps ask me about my qualifications, so here they are! I have a B.A degree in English and Psychology. A diploma in Criminology, an honours in Biblical Counselling Therapy and a master’s degree in Divinity in the area of Biblical counselling, with specialisation in women abuse. I am a qualified trauma counsellor, HIV/AIDS counsellor, facilitator, coach and mentor and I’m proud to be a professional member of PENSA.
How do you define storyteller?
When I close my eyes, and picture a storyteller, I am immediately transformed out in to the African landscape. A circle of men and women gather around the blazing fire and the storyteller completes the circle, up on her feet. She tells the stories of generations passed, the ones entrusted to her to hand down. She tells the stories that encourage, that teach, that rhyme and that are complex in its riddles and songs.
In many different cultures and tribes, the storyteller is essential to the survival of the community. Many different cultural and religious groups rely on oral storytelling to stay unified and connected to the past. For me personally, I love telling stories that are factual, historical fiction, poems that reflect truth or true life stories that teach us about ourselves and those around me.
To be a storyteller for me, means that I am telling the stories that can change mindsets and set us free, and keep us connected to the hidden stories of the past that carry deep meaning for our present wanderings.
What Fuels You?
Can you tell us about your journey to become an ordained minister?
I never saw myself as a minister. When I met my husband, he was studying to be a pastor and was already knee deep in the work of pastoring at a community church. He always knew that was his calling, I just wanted to be a psychologist and a researcher, helping the community and aiding healing. The year before we were married however, we started up a ministry together, I wrote and did community work and he preached. I was happy to be in the background of the ministry, until God called me forward, which was a shock! Then, I knew I had to be ordained and take a more active role as a speaker and teacher, in the ministry. I was ordained in 2014 and am so thankful I was. Our ministry has a big outreach heart and we have been blessed to travel and minister. I have also been blessed to have more opportunities to help communities through my role as a religious leader.
As a South African woman, what is the African Woman’s Challenge?
I think there are so many! As a writer, I write a lot about the oppression of women, about the very real issues of female genital mutilation, child brides, lack of literacy for girls in Africa and also the domestic violence that effects so many communities. By making people aware of these issues, I hope that it will inspire others to react and be proactive! There is power in a pen, it creates and can impact change.
Why is your biggest passion Gendercide in China?
When I first heard about gendercide it was in 2013. I was struck by the reality that, close to 40 million baby girls had been routinely aborted in China just because they were girls. I remember pushing my chair back, closing my laptop and feeling overwhelmed and anxious. The information was too much, the statistics unfathomable. A few days later, I timidly exposed myself to gendercide again, but this time with a different mindset. God broke my heart for these beautiful girls and for the women of Asia. God called me to speak about gendercide, and in 2014 we hosted a conference about Gendercide in China, right here in South Africa. From then on, I have written about gendercide and joined with an organisation who advocates for the lives of women in China. This is Father’s Heart in me and is a big passion!