I was born in Springs, South Africa in 1972. I've been happily married to Holger since 1995. We have three children and currently live in Durbanville, Cape Town.
Growing up in Apartheid South Africa – my childhood was marked by some significant trauma and the painful divorce of my parents - I had a lot of questions about human relationships. Having met God at the age of 5, my life experiences were interpreted through my faith. My encounter with God at this young age gave me resilience to get through some difficult times. And from very young I had a passion to see people love better.
By the time I was 18 I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but decided to join Youth With A Mission. While with YWAM I did many of the schools they offer. I had a variety of experiences that took me to places like Texas, China and some of the poorest places in the world.
One of the courses I did with YWAM was ‘Teachers for the Nations’. While teaching in the Christian Heritage School in Tyler, Texas, I realised I had a calling to do more with my heart for children in difficult circumstances. I left teaching to study counselling and it was in this season of studying that I found God in a deep way as my own healer.
Having learned that I carried a lot of shame, and as the Father ministered to me deeply, I became full of passion to see children in pain healed. This developed into desire to see families healed and has now progressed to see communities and my nation healed.
I take my experiences of God as Healer and Father and train adults in communities (often helping them deal with their pain) to be better equipped to work with orphans and vulnerable children. I believe that with the right intervention early on children can find hope and healing.
My belief in early intervention & continued support by safe, trained local adults has led me to speak out for strong community child care networks and forums.