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    Children see, children do

    Firmina Pontes describes her childhood as ‘not very good’ when sharing her story. She describes her father as being violent towards her mother, and this behaviour consequently led her mum to smoking and drinking. Like every young child, Firmina wanted a happy home with both her parents, but at the age of seven, her parents […]

    able to help others, I decided to visit, in search of a better life,

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    Overcoming the challenges of starting over

    Due to political issues, Esther Acheng left her home country to look for new opportunities and a better life here in the UK. Having to be far from her two children wasn’t an easy decision at all. Find out how she managed to overcome the challenges of starting from scratch. ‘Things here in the UK […]

    a way out of this situation, my biggest achievement,

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    I changed my profile

    What children see around them while growing up can either influence them in a positive or negative way. In Paulo Cabral’s case, he began to imitate the things he witnessed as a child, which added nothing but a huge negative impact on him. ‘Introduced to alcohol and sexual activities at an early age. Has a […]

    God would also do something different in my life, Trust your life to God, worst moment of my life,

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    Sister vs. Sister

    Leandra Rodrigues’ life was full of problems; she had a lot of inner  conflicts and a tremendous void within. Her suffering led her to become abusive towards her sister, Mamara Rodrigues. Leandra, how was your life growing up? ‘I moved from my home country Guinea-Bissau to Portugal and due to the language barrier in school, […]

    a wall of anger and resentment, change your life, understand what I was going through,

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    I turned to God and He was there for me

    Yvonne came to the Universal Church as a child. She was around 10 or 11 when her mother started attending with her and her sister. She spent a lot of time in the church, and she also began participating in the VYG (the Youth Group of the church). However, she didn’t take anything seriously. ‘I […]

    a completely different person, things needed to change, turn to God,

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    Learning to prioritise my health

    Many people often work a lot and with their busy lifestyle they fail to realise that they are neglecting one of the most important things – their health. Leaving the house in a rush without having breakfast and arriving back home in the evening after a long and tiring day, many opt to eat fast food for […]

    long and tiring day, my eating habits,

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    I invented the life I dreamt about

    Before coming to the Universal Church, Marjory was a broken young woman. She had many insecurities but kept up a convincing act of being the life and soul of the party. This took its toll on her state of mind – until she found a way out. Read on to learn more about her experiences. […]

    a blow to my confidence, making bad decisions, opportunities you never expected,

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    My life on the streets

    ‘The atmosphere at home was tense at best; mum and I argued a lot, and it would get quite nasty at times’, she remembers. ‘The best word to describe the relationship between us is “strained”. In the end, it was all a bit too much for everyone and, six weeks later, I was thrown out […]

    a bit too much for everyone, I was a little afraid, twice as hard,

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    I didn’t accept my financial situation

    Ruth Ana Airosa’s finances were a mess. Although she was studying, her grades were consistently getting worse. She felt as though she wouldn’t finish her studies and didn’t see a future for herself. Nevertheless, today she is working in her dream field. WHAT AFFECTED YOUR STUDIES? ‘My life was predominantly clubbing. I used to go […]

    a really good pay rise, challenges of faith, the wrong people,

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    An unbearable pain

    ‘The more I moved the more pain I would feel. I found it extremely hard to sleep as I couldn’t lie down in the same way as before because my breasts would hurt a lot. The pain increased to the point that I couldn’t bear it anymore. After a visit to the GP, I was […]

    able to sleep properly, difficult and emotional period,

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