Lauren has been serving with Pioneers in southwest France for nearly ten years. In 2015, after having served in existing churches and church plants, she set off to start a team and a church in the city of Lourdes. Although the area is mostly rural, Lourdes annually hosts over ve million Catholic pilgrims who come to ask the Virgin Mary to bring healing. This makes Lourdes a unique and complex context in which to shine the light of the gospel.
Lauren’s church plant, Les Cairns, was officially launched at Christmas 2016 with a mixture of local not-yet-believers, Christians without churches, and African and Middle Eastern Christian refugees from the local asylum seeker center where she volunteers.