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Deborah's love for Jesus, what He has done and is still doing in her life, has encouraged her family and friends, and men and women who have been touched by her ministry. 

Her story is remarkable in that she has had to discover a strength she never knew she had, by putting her faith and utter belief in a LORD who Saves, Loves and Redeems.

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My Story

...I was raised in NZ, in the 60s-70s, when every look and word toward me used to matter so much!

...Rejected, abandoned, the elder of two girls, and put into boarding school at age 9 for 8 years, my parents both left our home and the responsibility and care of myself and my sister when I was 8.

Regretfully, I was sexually active by 16, had a termination at 17 while still at boarding school - I went to family planning in my school uniform a house prefect. Praying fervently no one would know why I was there.

 

My story goes on in what I thought was 'normal' as I knew nothing else, having a family home that was broken, bereft of mother, just a father in a place we visited a few weeks a year my sister and I called 'the dump'.

I left New Zealand at 21 to travel and work abroad in the United Kingdom, and after several years, returning to NZ a single mother of a 2 month old baby boy, running from another disastrous relationship involving abuse. Suffering PTSD at this stage, I found Jesus at 28 years of age in a Women's Refuge and once settled in our own place, I gave my heart and my life to the LORD.

My love for piano singing and music, which I learnt from a young age, was my drawcard to church eventually achieving graduate study in Music, Teaching, English and the Arts.

In time, insecurities and flaws arose, rekindling my resentment of the maternal and paternal failure I experienced as a child. I was a magnet for, and repeatedly played out a failure for commitment with unmet expectations.  I had two more children with another relationship, a man I met in the church ill on multiple levels that surfaced over the subsequent 8 years. I had deep wounds from my childhood, despite having a gentleness of spirit, strong faith, and integrity. My personal life, my relationships were sadly affected to where my children did not have a stable and loving father to help raise them.

 

I worked hard to give them private Christian education as a single mother and give them the best I could for 15 years. My parenting at home lasted 31 1/2 years, and at the departure of my youngest son in 2021, affected me deeply.

I was now truly alone. There were amazing encounters over these solo parenting years. Strong elements that were faith-based after my commitment to Jesus in 1991 began to build a strong foundation for effective faith in my life, my mental and emotional health, and Christian-based parenting of my own three boys. It did not happen overnight. The miracle was that I was saved from myself. From the world. And from the past.

In January 2008 I emigrated to Australia with my boys to build a new life. It was like the Lord picked us up in the palm of His hand, and transported us to this new country, culture, landscape to have a new opportunity to heal and to rebuild: a house, a business, church life, spiritual thriving and growth, and a ministry that would inspire others.

Deborah

Deborah has overcome physical, mental, emotional and financial abuse and suffering in marriage and toxic relationships, stemmed from childhood rejection and abandonment and trusting people before they have earned the privilege of having her trust. 

 

In the past 10 years she has lost her home she built, further betrayal and shock in a Christian marriage, ministry collapse and experienced church hurt, alienation and betrayal. 

 

DIE to self, rather than DIE for self! 

 

Deborah has come back from utter brokenness and the desire to give up and even die, to rely solely on the promises God has given her. Promises He has given to us all! To restore, to bless, abundantly provide, and achieve close companionship and leading of the Holy Spirit.

 

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. - Hebrews 13:5

 

We are all fallen, and we all fall short of the glory of God. But it is an indescribably beautiful thing, that we are on a life path to WHOLENESS, in becoming Christlike.

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