Strategic Support Team
Living in Eswatini all her life, Laura Sprague became a Christian in 2012 after participating in various cults for 17 years. She first met Echo at Potter’s Wheel Church, where Laura volunteered for a year before joining The Luke Commission.
“I grew up as a ‘sorta Christian’,” remembers Laura. “We went to church Easter and Christmas. I attended Christian schools. But I saw Christianity as dull, a painful tepid way to go through life. Tepid.”
Laura felt, and still feels, as if she doesn’t “really belong to the natural world but longs for the supernatural world. I wanted to experience magic,” she says. “I tried pagan religions, mysticism, Eastern religions, European and Egyptian ways. But God pulled me out. He kept saying in my mind, ‘Come to church. Come to church.’ The voice got louder and louder. I couldn’t sleep. He told me the voices would stop if I went to a real Christian church that taught the Bible.”
Part-owner of a successful business in Eswatini, Laura put that aside and accepted a leadership position in TLC administration. “Jesus does not want His walk with me to be mundane,” she notes. “Coming to TLC is like an experience in modern times from the Old Testament, when the Israelites stood on the edge of the water, and God parted the seas.”
Laura believes she is living in the supernatural now. “Since so many people are expecting God to move, He just shines.” How does God shine through TLC?
This mother of two teenage girls, Laura used to like Eswatini because it was safe for her children. Now she likes Eswatini because it’s the last kingdom in the world.
“Something is special about this place,” she says. “God is showing me there’s a kingdom way. It’s important to live and to grow under God. He doesn’t have a democracy.”
How does the kingdom way happen at TLC? “It’s counter-secular,” notes Laura. “It’s unheard of in the secular world or secular business for the executive directors to purposely replace themselves and back away.”
Though personally facing many challenges, Laura sees her life like an ancient Japanese art technique. A valuable vase is broken into hundreds of pieces and then put back together again with solid gold. “I feel like God has stuck me back together again with solid gold.”