My salvation. I became a Christian in 1969. I had been on drugs for years in a life threatening downward spiral within the 'Hippie Movement' . I was supernaturally confronted by God with a choice between 'life' or 'Death', I chose life and became part of the 'Jesus Movement,' this was a Christian revival movement where thousands of young people all over the world were coming to Jesus. After a period of inner healing and spiritual growth I opened three safe houses at different periods in order to help others come out of drugs and brokenness.
Nine years in YOUTH WITH A MISSION In 1976 I was accepted by Youth With A Mission an international missionary organization and worked as a missionary with them. In YWAM I completed two schools, a (D.T.S.) Discipleship Training School and the (S.O.E.) School of Evangelism and in 1980 I went to work in Amsterdam reaching out to prostitutes in the red light district and also doing coffee bar outreach work. I also had the opportunity to travel to a number of other countries on missionary outreaches. In 1984 on my return to South Africa from Amsterdam I served for a year at Matthews Restaurant in the Cape Town city center which was managed by YWAM. Thereafter my missionary service continued in community development working in the African townships in Cape Town teaching African ladies and their children. Marriage I was married to Albin Ballin in 1987 when I came back to South Africa. Albin is a Jewish Messianic born again believer. My passion for inner-city outreach led me to become involved with a team evangelising on the streets of Cape Town with a ministry called Inter Outreach Ministries. In 1994 a group of us started reaching out to the prostitutes working in the suburb of Green Point. I then established the fourth safe house in 2001 and ran it until 2011.
To continue about the safe house - After eleven years of operating the safe house and non profit organization, and feeling like I needed a long rest I decided to close - I then wrote my book and published in 2015. My book is a biography of my life story and shares my mission experiences in YWAM and also my efforts in saving women out of prostitution and sex trafficking. The close of the book has quite a bit of useful information on international prostitution and sex trafficking and also an article that I wrote for Doctors For Life in 2001 which was sent to the High Court in Johannesburg called; 'Why Prostitution Should Not be Decriminalised or Legalised.' A new chapter in my life I am no longer helping women in a hands on effort as a care giver but rather I refer those who need help to other ministries and safe houses some of whom I have previously trained.
Passing on the baton As a training consultant I have been 'passing on the baton' by training others in the work I have done over so many years. I also have brought awareness to churches and Christian groups for a number of years about the escalating sexual trade. I am now retired apart from occasional speaking engagements.
I have been married to my husband Albin Ballin, a born again Jew since 1987
YWAM the mission organisation I was involved in for nine years.