Patricia founded and was the Director of 'Landmark Christian Homes for Girls' from 1971 to 1987. She also founded and was the Director of 'Rahab Ministries Thailand' from 1988 to 2004.
She is also a well-known speaker on issues of sexual exploitation, trafficking and prostitution. Patricia's passion is to create an awareness of these issues and to motivate people, especially Christians, to reach out to sexually exploited women and children in the name of Christ to offer them a new life.
Patricia has been instrumental in starting such ministries in several countries.
Patricia will address the issue of human trafficking in Europe during a plenary session, under the title'Liberating the captives'. She will also be a resource person for several consultations, including women in leadership and environmental and justice issues.
Soula Isch lives in Montreal, Canada, but travels widely to minister in Europe and Africa in a role of encouragement, teaching and counselling. She is actively working for Serving In Mission, a community of God's people who delight to worship him and are passionate about the Gospel, seeking to fulfil the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. SIM is an international mission organization with more than 1,600 active missionaries serving in more than 50 countries. SIM members serve God among many diverse people groups in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Soula began the Dorcas Widows’ Projects in Burkina Faso and in Niger. For several years the Lord has been showing Soula the needs of widows in general and in Africa in particular. She could tell widows in Canada and Europe that she understood them, but the needs of the widows in West Africa overwhelmed her. Often they had no material or moral support after their husbands' deaths. Often their in-laws want to take their children and sometimes even accuse them in the death of their husbands. Sometimes these mothers give in because of the terrible pressure they have from the cultural "musts;" other times they fight to keep their children.
Eliane Lack has led several Communication schools for the University of the Nations during her three decades of association with Youth With A Mission, an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus Christ personally to this generation. She has attended several different training courses on inter-personal communications, journalism and writing workshops.
She was on the editorial committee of a French women’s magazine for five years and has been in charge of press relations for a number of Mission congresses of over six thousand participants. Eliane now travels widely to teach various aspects of communication all over Europe, Asia and Africa.
She has a leadership role and was one of the initiators of Femmes 2000, a network of French-speaking women from all Christian backgrounds in Europe—principally in France, French Switzerland and Belgium. Eliane lost her husband a year ago and now resides close to Lausanne in Switzerland. She loves hiking in the Swiss mountains and more recently in the Sahara desert.
Eliane will be talking about the important subject of communication in relationships during the Congress.