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2015-06-26 17:21
Laetitia Vambili

Johannesburg - Laetitia Vambili: Fairy tale ending to real-life trauma.

Do you sometimes feel so rejected that it tears you apart? The petite Laetitia Vambili from I AM web radio relates. What’s more, this once ‘insignificant stranger’’ who almost died from depression, bulimia and anorexia, was transformed into a powerful young woman with an extraordinary mind.

Sounds like the latest ‘Cinderella fairy tale’ showing on circuit? It wasn’t. Laetitia was born in the war-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo but relocated to South Africa at the tender age of six, where she had to adapt to a new country and learn to speak English.

She was seen as ‘being different’ and was severely rejected. Laetitia’s unique journey through war, the transition from the DRC to South Africa, and being exposed to xenophobia and racism give her the ability to understand the lonely, the rejected, and the hated. Because of that Laetitia developed a love for people and became a living contradiction.

“I developed a love for any person going through trauma who doesn’t have someone to talk to.” At 17, Laetitia was chronically depressed. It was so severe that she got bulimia, anorexia and eventually started cutting herself. Laetitia excelled academically, being a top student, but her heart was hidden from even her parents. In desperation, she dared God to reveal Himself to her or she would commit suicide. How many of us echo the same heart-breaking story? God did respond.  

God responded in a way that made sense to Laetitia. She spoke and understood French very well because of her early childhood years in the DRC. Little did she know that the origin of early hurt and rejection would become the means God would use to heal her.  A desperate school psychologist called Laetitia in to translate to a French-speaking schoolgirl while she counselled her.

Through this counselling Laetitia was also helped to such an extent that she decided to one day study psychology, which she did. This intervention from God started her on a path where the victim became the healer. Through the combination of psychology and Christ, Laetitia found a practical and spiritual way to walk out her healing. For the hopeless and the traumatised, but also for the curious and the thinkers, tune into Laetitia’s show on I AM at 1 pm on Thursdays.   *I AM Youth Movement and web radio are projects of the Pulpit Media Group. Contact the I AM counselors if you need to talk at BBM - 2901BEB2 or WhatsApp – 071 679 4302. Subscribe here to our electronic daily devotionals.

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