• blog

    There was no other option than to amputate my foot

    ‘A few weeks ago, I never would have imagined myself standing in an auditorium full of people sharing my story. I did it so that others who felt as helpless as I did—irrespective of their battles—could also receive hope to keep going. When doctors told me that there was nothing they could do to save my foot, it was hard to take. Things […]
    Read More
  • blog

    Finding true happiness

    Everything was fine, until I decided to leave my life and family behind to live with my boyfriend. Soon, I got to a point where every hardship I had previously overcome, came back to haunt me and it seemed as though I was living in darkness. I began to watch a lot of pornography, my […]
    Read More
  • blog

    I found a powerful kind of energy

    I always felt like my family was against me and that no one understood me. Because of this, I would either isolate myself or go out, simply because I didn’t enjoy their company. Soon after, I developed a void inside of me, which I would try to fill by going partying. All of these thoughts caused […]
    Read More
  • blog

    The bad news I heard didn’t stop me

    Pamela Carolan noticed a slight change of shape in her breast and felt a lump. She quickly went to see her GP, and it was confirmed that she did, in fact, have a lump about the size of a golf ball. A week later, she had an emergency mammogram and biopsy. She was told that […]
    Read More
  • blog

    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,

    Read More
  • blog

    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,

    Read More
  • blog

    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,

    Read More
  • blog

    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,

    Read More
  • blog

    A peaceful home

    Bevincia Semper experienced some tragic events growing up which marked her tremendously; one day, as she was walking home, she was sexually assaulted by a boy in her area and from that day she developed a strong hatred towards men. To make matters worse, on her younger brother’s birthday, a day when she was excited to […]

    hurts of the past, I had no peace, Little by little,

    Read More
  • blog

    Loud outside, but insecure inside?

    Like others who use a ‘loud and outgoing’ persona to mask underlying insecurities, Naomi sought validation from her peers: ‘I’d be so reckless,’ she says regretfully, ‘that I would put myself in danger in a number of occasions. I wanted to hang around people who were loud, the life of the party and even some who […]

    a number of occasions, at peace with myself, They really believed in me,

    Read More