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I Will Carry You – Rachael’s Story

I Will Carry You – Rachael’s Story

I have always known Jesus to be real in my life. I grew up with God-loving parents and continued to grow in faith throughout my childhood. I met my husband Luke at youth group when I was 12 years old. It took a while, but over time our teenage friendship developed into something more and when I was 26 we were married. Luke and I had always dreamed of a large family, four childr....

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Learning to Trust – Maria’s Story

Learning to Trust – Maria’s Story

I was born in Greece in 1965 but at the age of five our family moved to Australia. My family were not very religious and, although my parents identified as Greek Orthodox, we rarely attended church. I attended the local public school and it was there, when I was in Grade 3, that I was took part in a Greek Orthodox scripture class. This was the first time I was introduced to pra....

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From Ashes to Beauty - Dustys’ Story

From Ashes to Beauty – Dustys’ Story

  I remember when my parents told us they would no longer be married. I can’t remember their words, the time or the place – but I do remember feeling lost. It was as though the tiny sliver of happiness I once had, was forever gone. Let’s be real divorce is a bitch. (I honestly couldn’t think of a better-suited word. Trust me, I tried.) It ruins t....

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Big Girls Don’t Cry – Vereen’s Story

I was born in New Zealand, the fourth and youngest child of the family. I am named after an African American actor, Ben Vereen. Me being neither a boy nor African American didn’t bother my mum, she loved the name and she loved me so it was a perfect fit. I have always had a great relationship with my mum and my father was a hardworking and committed provider for our family, b....

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Single Mums Support - Josie's Story

Life After Domestic Violence – Josie’s Story

My life began in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. My parent’s relationship was short lived. My mum was only 16yrs old when I was born so I spent a lot of time with my grandparents until my mum re-partnered when I was about five years old. God and church were a big part of my early childhood years. My aunt and uncle were pastors and had always provided a steadying influence....

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