Recent Stories

Shani’s Story

13 years ago my marriage was headed for divorce. From the outside everything looked fantastic. My husband Rick and I had four beautiful daughters, a very successful business and we had just moved into our dream home, an impressive rural retreat on the South Coast. But I was miserable. Rick and I only really communicated when we had to and most of the time those conversations en....

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Anna’s Story

At 22 I was feeling restless and a little lost. I was studying biochemistry at university and in a long-term relationship with a man I thought I loved but deep down I felt trapped. I decided to break up with my boyfriend and over the university summer break to take some time to explore what life was like without the responsibilities and restrictions of a relationship. I mad....

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Living Hope – Julia’s Story

Living Hope – Julia’s Story

I was born in Santiago, Chile in 1949. It was a turbulent time in my country and the surrounding nations. The economic and political instability meant that living conditions were very challenging and sadly my home life was also very unstable. My parents had a very volatile relationship that was made worse by my father’s infidelity. My mother suffered prolonged periods of depr....

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I Cannot Help but Speak – Xingxing’ Story

I Cannot Help but Speak – Xingxing’ Story

My name is Xinxing and I am from Hunan province in China. I am an only child and love my parents very much. My parents only completed their education to middle school level so they were very committed to seeing me succeed at school and then study at university. Like most Chinese families my whole extended family practiced Buddhist traditions and ancestor worship. My family were....

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Freedom Found – Getrude’s Story

Freedom Found – Getrude’s Story

I was about seven years old when I was first sexually abused  by our neighbour’s son. I was totally shocked and terrified by what he did. My innocence was stolen and fear entered my heart. He told me that I couldn’t tell  my parents and because I was afraid of him, I didn’t. When I was 10, a young couple stayed in our home because they had nowhere else to live at the ti....

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