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Beauty from Ashes - Sarah's Story

Beauty from Ashes – Sarah’s Story

I became a Christian in my early twenties but didn’t really have an understanding of what this meant and it had little impact on how I lived my life. I got married and had a son but the enemy knew exactly what to do to get me off track and it happened pretty quickly and involved an old boyfriend! Once I went off track things got a bit wild. I drifted along living an increasin....

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A Lineage of Grace – Val’s Story

A Lineage of Grace – Val’s Story

I arrived on Australian shores a few weeks after my third birthday, in December 1951. My mother, father and younger brother and I were ‘ten pound poms’. The promise of a new life, employment and sunshine had lured my family, along with hundreds of thousands of others, to leave the challenges of life in post war Britain and embrace a fresh start in Australia. We eventually s....

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Faithful and True - Beverley’s Story

Faithful and True – Beverley’s Story

I was born in Adelaide in 1938 and, by the time I was a toddler, the shadow of Australia’s involvement in World War II hung over everyday life. I recall dark blinds drawn at night, search lights in the sky and air raid shelters being installed in people’s back gardens. When I was five, my mother became pregnant with her second child. I still remember the day that she went i....

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Learning to Live Again – Rebecca’s Story

Learning to Live Again – Rebecca’s Story

I was born in regional Victoria, the youngest of three girls. Our family was close and loving and my parents worked very hard to provide a great life for my sisters and I. When I was five years old my best friend died. This was the first time I had ever experienced deep grief, loneliness or rejection. I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t go to heaven with him. Without reali....

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Transition – Kath’s Story

Transition – Kath’s Story

As a midwife I became skilled at intuitively recognising when a women was entering the transition stage of labour. In some cases the established rhythm of contractions and rest would pause and the stillness brought a deeper rest or time to reposition and regroup in preparation for birth. In other cases a crescendo occurs that if not harnessed can lead to an unwanted, obstructed....

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