Lida Gous

Growing up in South Africa, my greatest joy was playing “school” with me teaching my siblings and dolls. It turned into reality when I became a Mathematics teacher both in high schools and an elementary school before we moved to the United States. Over time the Lord molded these skills together with my quest for understanding God’s Word better, into teaching Bible studies and eventually be part of the original training sessions of Pastor’s wives in Africa, since 2011.


After I became a Christian, nobody saw the need for guiding or discipling me and for about 10 years I experienced very little spiritual growth. Today I see the need for guidance in the lives of so many around me, and therefore make a concerted effort to get the word out about what a true disciple looks like and what it takes to disciple somebody else.   


The training in Africa has now developed into Disciple Making Life Conferences where the lay leaders of churches in a town (including the women and youth leaders) are invited to. During this time their own lives are challenged, they are equipped to bring the Gospel to the lost around them, are encouraged to see the needs of especially younger believers and empowered to make Disciples in their area of influence. 


These conferences are normally held annually during the June to August time period in different provinces of Zambia – mostly because the infrastructure lends itself to it there.  


In the office I handle general administration for Hope Builders, as well as some of the communication with donors.  


Johan and I have three married daughters and 11 grandchildren, living in three different countries.