Karen suffered from epilepsy for many years and in 1998 had brain surgery. This resulted in her spending three months with God while recovering. Karen’s relationship with God grew immensely over this time. In 2008 Karen suffered from depression. Through prayer ministry, God uncovered many areas of Karen’s past that needed dealing with and He taught her forgiveness. Karen grew to understand the greatness of God’s love. She now shares that story of His love and encourages others to draw closer to Him.
Working with the Disadvantaged
Karen taught literacy and numeracy to TAFE students who were homeless, abused, ex- prisoners, on drugs, and self-harming. From there she moved to a Catholic secondary college where students had severe learning difficulties, largely due to their upbringing. As a chaplain in a state primary school, Karen then worked with a large number of broken families, very young parents, third generation unemployed, and refugees. God has placed it on her heart to reach out to the neediest people in our society. She shares these experiences as part of her testimony.
Following God’s Direction
Karen joined the worship team soon after becoming a Christian. One day God gave her a vision and she knew she was to start leading worship. Not being comfortable speaking in public, Karen had to rely on God for the strength to do this. She has also been given the gift of songwriting. In 2008 God told Karen to start sharing these songs with other churches and to share her testimony. The ministry has grown from there. Karen inspires others to follow God’s direction as He helps her every step of the way.
Alternatively, Karen can do a lighter set. Some examples are Karen’s stories about dancing, bushwalking, and visiting an elderly grandmother. Each of these has a message of faith in them but may be less confronting for non-Christians.