Sharing life experiences: Michelle and Graham Hood will speak out tomorrow.
Sharing life experiences: Michelle and Graham Hood will speak out tomorrow.

Couple shares means of healing

SOMETIMES those living in a rural community can feel isolated, where it seems no one understands your unique struggles, pain or goals, and it’s difficult to branch out.

Graham and Michelle Hood know what it’s like to spiral out of control and crawl back from the brink, and offer their helping hand to people from the Rose City.

The Gold Coast couple started the internationally-recognised Celebrate Recovery group which offers support for people with hurts, habits and hang-ups and are coming to the Warwick Seventh Day Adventist Church tomorrow.

Warwick mum Sharon Going said she recently heard the couple speak and was moved by their message, teaching about their journey of recovery and healing after suffering emotional, physical and sexual abuse during their childhoods.

“In small places, there are limited public outlets where people can go; there’s a real need in Warwick for this,” Mrs Going said.

“Warwick is quite conservative but we need to talk, talk about problems.

“When I saw them and heard their story I cried. We all have our dysfunctional pockets, but this was a healing kind of crying. I felt empowered.

“Michelle had a life. She was in jail for a short time but pulled herself out and has studied law, nursing and physiology. They both have an incredible story.”

The seminar will start at 9.30am on Saturday where the Hoods will give their “life testimony” to the audience.

“There’s no pressure to talk, you can listen if you want to but from 2pm to 4pm there’ll be a chance for questions and answers. Everyone is welcome,” Mrs Going said.



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