SA Master Trainers

Alida vd. Westhuizen

I am a Social Worker, in service of the AFM Executive Welfare Council.

My husband and I reside in Upington in the Northern Cape.  We have two sons, of whom one is married, and one grandchild.

I am involved with the Umephi/Jogébed project, since it started in 2003 with a Pregnancy Crisis Centre (when I was trained in ETS for the first time).  A Baby Home (Place of Safety) followed in 2005 and a Foster Home in 2007.

I present the Equipped To Serve training in Afrikaans. What I like most about ETS, is the fact that it is based on Jesus’ example of ministering to the hurting ones.

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Norma Theron

Norma has been using the Equipped to Serve training since attending the very first South Africa training in 2001. She used ETS during her 10 years as a Pregnancy Help Centre Director and now in her current position as coordinator and Master Trainer with Equipped to Serve-South Africa and Networker with Connect Network.

Norma currently lives in Lakeside, Cape Town with her new husband Eric Theron. She has three children and 3 grandchildren all living in Cape Town. She was trained as a general primary school teacher specializing in music. She enjoys music, bird watching, word and other puzzles and walking, especially on the beach.

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Laurie Edwall

Laurie Edwall lives in George, South Africa and, along with her husband Dean, works with Youth for Christ.  She graduated from Bethel College (now University) in St. Paul, Minnesota with a degree in Anthropology and Elementary Education. Laurie, along with a small group of women, opened Options Care Centre (a ministry of YFC) in 1997 and she has continued to direct the Centre for fourteen years.   She oversees a wonderful team of staff and volunteers who together reach out to people who face a pregnancy or an HIV crisis.  Laurie and Dean have three adult children.

Laurie attended the very first Equipped to Serve training in South Africa in 2001. She has been training with ETS ever since.

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