Violence Against Women in the church’s work in the international community
A few months after becoming a Christian I went on a mission trip to North Africa, this radically shaped the course of my life. I lead Antioch a church based in Llanelli which has a real heart for the poor not only in our community but in other nations. Our focus is on the most powerless and that tends to be the women, children and young people. This has directed our work locally and also with trafficked women and trafficking prevention in India and Nepal. In Eastern Europe the vulnerability particularly of girls leaving the state orphanages has also been a particular concern for us. The lower value given to women in many cultures and the violence and abuse they are frequently subjected to is also a source of deep concern and shapes our mission focus as a church, including our work with indigenous people groups.
One of the features of our annual Carriers of the Fire women's conference is to empower women across the generations to stand into the fulness of who they are in Christ. The conference was originally inspired by the book "Carriers of the Fire which tells the untold story of the role of women in the 1904 revival. It is important to us that the role that women play in shaping history is encouraged and validated.
Karen Lowe, Leader of Antioch Church, Llanelli