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    I was made to shine

    ‘Happiness seemed always out of my reach. I spent my days pitying myself and envying those who seemingly had what I wanted. I put on an “everything’s fine” front, but inside a deep sadness engulfed my entire being. The absence and lack of involvement of my father as a child left me yearning for more […]

    a new beginning, I felt extremely alone, I was filled with life,

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    Reuniting my broken family

    Lídia: ‘Just leave, get out! I can’t take this anymore.’ These were my last words to my husband. My words had inflicted more pain than anything I had ever done. He got up, took his things, and left. As he closed the door, I broke down in tears, regretting every word that I had said, […]

    attending the church, it was too late, learn the power of faith,

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    The power of forgiveness

    When I learned that my mother had passed away, I couldn’t understand. My siblings were already aware as they were older and had moved in with my auntie when my mum passed away; however, I stayed with my grandmother as I was still very little and I didn’t know the truth at the time. When […]

    a fresh start, the Universal Church, trust in God,

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    Alcohol was drowning my family

    ‘I started drinking from a very young age – in fact, I was under age. It was something that my friends and I used to do a lot’, he told us. Jose’s wife had become accustomed to his drinking, and everything seemed fine; however, it all changed when they had their first daughter. ‘Our fights were […]

    Chain of Prayer, I was absent,

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    A life of misery and despair

    ‘I struggled with a number of things throughout my life from depression and suicidal thoughts to broken relationships and debts. I also experienced spiritual problems and went through moments of having low self-esteem. I had no confidence in myself, I lacked trust in others, and I was addicted to: smoking, drinking alcohol, and spending money I didn’t […]
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    Looking for love in all the wrong places

    ‘Although my dad passed away when I was nine, the reality of his death didn’t truly hit me until I was 13 years old. It’s as if one day, I was hit with the fact that I would never see my dad again. To fill the huge void I felt inside, I got into relationships at […]
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    The Inspiration Behind Reggie Nelson

    Reggie grew up in a council estate in Woolwich, East London. Growing up was hard because he didn’t have positive role models to say, ‘When I grow up I want to be like them’. ‘My parents didn’t get along and I didn’t have a bond with my sister. At school I was average. I didn’t […]
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    My mum had to call the police on me

    Amongst my four siblings, I am the middle child and seeing our parents at each other’s throat all the time reflected on us. We had bad feelings towards each other and would fight a lot. Once it got so bad, that I stabbed my sister in the hand during one of our brawls. This led […]
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    I couldn’t get out of my bed

    ‘At first, my health was absolutely fine up until I felt an excruciating pain across the left side of my stomach and started passing blood. I was soon rushed to the hospital in an ambulance; I had some checks done, but I wasn’t diagnosed. Not long after, I was discharged; however, a terrible pain remained […]

    my faith in God,

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    Breaking down barriers, one at a time

    ‘I struggled in school from a young age. I was under performing, I had difficulty believing in myself and this immensely hindered my progress. There came a point where I thought to myself, “What can I do to change this situation?”. I was 18 at the time and fed up of being aimless. That’s when […]

    my trust in God, the power of faith,

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