About the Author
Friede Taylor was born in Czechoslovakia the third child of a Catholic family during WWII. The deprivations and unsanitary conditions brought about by the war left her severely ill with typhoid fever and cholera, reducing her prospects for survival as a child. Because of overcrowded hospital facilities, she was left to die. Her father had been taken prisoner by the US Army, leaving Friede’s family alone without support. A nurse had pity on them and took them into her home, giving Friede blood transfusions, using her (the nurse’s) own blood to save Friede’s life.
Her father was released at the end of the war, and the family moved to Germany where she suffered for years from rejection because her father had wanted her to be a boy. Her father, a tailor, lost everything in the war and died by his own hand without ever telling Friede that he loved her.
At 19, Friede married a US soldier stationed in Germany and moved with him to Columbus, Georgia where they raised a family of three children. In 1979, Friede converted from Catholicism to Southern Baptist where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
In 1983, after her oldest son, Gene, took his own life, Friede experienced what she calls an open-heaven experience with God’s comfort and protection over her life—an experience which comforted her in future losses. Her husband died of cancer after 30 years of marriage, leaving Friede widowed for the next 11 years.
In 1999 she had a life-changing experience with the Holy Spirit, discovering God to be the Father who loved her and Husband who provided for her every need. Her pursuit of God brought her to a commitment and a passion for a deeper intimacy with God.
In 2004, she moved to Florence, Alabama by God’s divine direction and became Director of Missions for Global Missions Awareness. She has ministered in Mozambique, Tanzania, Philippines, and Cuba with Leif Hetland, GMA Founder, and President, and was scheduled to travel to Pakistan with GMA when Jesus and Jack Taylor derailed her plans.
She and Jack suddenly realized God’s hand in bringing them together in October of 2004. They were married in less than three months with multiple confirmations from God that this was His will, and she moved to live with Jack in Melbourne, Florida, following their wedding.
Friede is Vice President of Dimensions Ministries and travels with Jack, ministering at every opportunity. Friede carries an intense burden and passion for the lost and broken people of the world. Her testimony is filled with power and pathos and all who hear her are moved by the faithfulness of God in her behalf.