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God has given us all a story to share - a story of His grace in our lives.

We need to share our stories with each other, as it helps to build each other up, declare how great our God is, and we can all learn from each other's journeys. 

All our speakers are from the Northland area, and we admire their courage as they are willing to  share their stories with us at TLC. 

This year we look forward to hearing from...

Amanda Downer


Mandy was born in Zimbabwe to British parents.  At eleven years old her parents divorced, she & her Mum emigrated to England.  Seventeen years ago she left London for a holiday in New Zealand, where she fell in love with her Kaitaia-born husband, and has since called New Zealand home.  She lives in Peria, and has two beautiful teenage daughters.  Mandy has a heart for family, In particular, a desire to see women and teenagers set free as they come to know Jesus as their healer, counselor, comforter, and guide. She loves to share her experience of God's love, provision, grace, and healing in her own and family's life
. God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose Romans 8:28



Ko Puwheke te maunga
Ko Māmaru te waka
Ko Tokerau te moana
Ko Wairahoraho te awa
Ko NgatiKahu te Iwi
Te whānau moana me te Rorohuri nga hāpu
Ko Haititamairangai te marae
Ko Reihana Poharama rāua ko Gale Poharama ōku mātua
Ko Karena Hita tōku ingoa
Married for 25 years to my husband Ra
Blessed with 4 children and 14 mokopuna
I work as a Systems change coordinator identifying system settings  that awhi our community
I have served on numerous community/hāpu Governance boards for over 25 years
Blessed to have been bought up in a home that knows and loves the Lord and set the foundations for my own personal relationship with God the one who loves us the most
Looking forward to sharing my testimony on the transforming power of God that saved my marriage.
" Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" Hebrews 11:1

Paula Jack

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Paula Jack experienced trauma and bullying as a child, that defined for many years, how she felt about herself.
Developing a stutter from an early age, shame and fear plagued her and had a big impact on her life.
Over the years she has discovered her value in Jesus Christ and found the power of forgiving others, as well as herself. Receiving healing she experienced freedom ,wholeness and ultimately found her voice.
Now her passion is to help others, especially women to find their voice, develop their self confidence and live their purpose.
She has lived as far south as Invercargill and as far north as Russell, and some other beautiful places in between. Including the Kapiti coast where her parents and twin sister still live. She has lived in the far north for 17 years. She and her husband Paul now reside just out of Kaikohe.
They have two adult children.

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