You Are Welcome Here

My name is Lauren , and you are welcome here.

I’ve been writing since I found myself in the back of an ambulance nearly two decades ago and realized that words were a part of my path way to freedom. Ever since I’ve been finding ways to help others be set free through finding their own. These days I find myself wearing many hats- mom, wife, friend, writer, teacher and advocate. A retired middle school Bible and English teacher, I’m spending these days soaking up my children and serving from my home outward.

Of my greatest passions is fighting human trafficking and abuse, which has been knit into the fibers of my story from before my story began. I stepped into this advocacy role a decade ago, and came to found my bilingual creative writing program for survivors of trafficking and exploitation years later as I completed my doctoral program. Now back in the states, I serve on the board of a non-profit anti-trafficking organization, where we’re working on survivor-led mentorship programs and educational resources for the community.

My greatest passion in this life is Jesus, and bringing others towards Him. I often relate to the women in Luke who had the greatest debt, and see myself in her. It’s easy for me to surrender because I am so very much aware of all that has been done on my behalf. He has given all for my freedom when I owed all. And I get this one life and this one voice to respond now.

My husband I have said since we first met in the red light district of Costa Rica that life with God is one surprising adventure. Being a part of it is the best adventure we could ever imagine – and I have a feeling that He’s just getting started. And this adventure unfolds, I want to invite you along on it to learn with me and see all that He’s doing. I’ll be sharing thoughts on all the things that hold my heart and make me who I am: motherhood, advocacy for freedom, finding your voice, writing for change, healing from trauma, sisterhood, fighting for faith, storytelling, social justice and more.

Feel free to follow along on my Instagram for shorter thoughts & here for the bigger ones. And keep your ears pealed for my non-fiction book as it heads towards publishing in the months to come. I love to hear from you as God speaks to you, and as we do this thing together.

You are needed. Your story matters. And you are welcome here.

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