It’s good to see you, welcome! I’m Lauren and my heart beats “Yeshua.” Through this sojourn on earth, I’ve learned that I want to see change, justice change. I want to see oppression undone and women set free. I want our daughters to be hopeful, to be educated and free from the fear of rape, abuse and inequalities. I used to be a woman abuse therapist and spent many years serving on a charity board, and working as a researcher for organisations that focus on abuse in faith communities. My passion is to teach about lesser – known women, to write about them, and to share their legacies with this generation. I write full time and serve as a full-time minister with my husband. We have our own ministry and our hearts are nations – focussed, which means we travel teaching, preaching and learning the stories of the communities we visit. When I travel, it is always my desire to visit women’s shelters, and learn about the injustices and hurts of that community, so as to tell their stories in their own words. I have three published books out in the world and I write weekly for magazines (both online and in print), for blogs, journals and wherever else I am asked to. I am committed to speak out against abuse and violence in faith communities. I pray you will find something uplifting and challenging on this site!
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!