Meet the Strydoms

Callie and Monique Strydom are avid adventures who have traveled around the world. Among their many adventures are the capture of a shark on scuba for research purposes, being chased up into trees by black rhinos and hunting for lions. Their favourite adventure is scuba diving and on a diving holiday in in 2000 their lives took an unexpected turn.

During a diving holiday in Sipadan (Malaysia) they were kidnapped by Al Qaeda Rebels. They were taken to the remote Jolo Island in the Southern Philippines. Along, with 19 other hostages they survived a 4-month ordeal, where they faced death daily and many other challenges daily.

On the day of her release (unknowing that it was hours away), Monique committed her life to helping others in need. They have founded the Callie and Monique Charity Trust and Matla A Bana - A voice against child abuse.

They are both popular international public speakers and their messages of hope and God’s miracles have been heard all over the world. In 2001 they witnessed another miracle, when their son, Luc, was born. They now reside in Cape Town. 

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