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Spotlight Series Audio
The Courage to Believe: Brenda’s Victory over Violence - Audio Only

This episode features a profound conversation about overcoming trials and suffering through faith, showcasing Brenda’s harrowing yet inspiring journey. From experiencing severe abuse and contemplating suicide to ultimately finding refuge and purpose in God, Brenda shares her transformative story. Highlighting key biblical insights on suffering, faith, and God’s promises, the discussion also delves into Brenda’s work with women affected by abuse and her ministry for those transitioning from prison. Through her testimony, viewers are invited to explore the depth of God’s comfort and the power of personal transformation grounded in faith.


This episode features a poignant conversation between the host, Holly Bot, and Brenda, discussing the theme of human suffering and God’s response from a biblical perspective. Brenda shares her harrowing personal story of abuse, loss, and survival, highlighting her journey from a life filled with trials and suffering to one of healing and purpose through faith. Starting with her early life moving from Mississippi to Chicago, Brenda recounts experiences of domestic abuse, the tragic murder of her brother, and her moments of desperation, including an attempt to escape her abuser and contemplating suicide. Despite these challenges, she describes finding strength and redemption through prayer, a developing relationship with God, and the eventual finding of true love and purpose in helping others. Brenda’s story exemplifies the process of turning pain into purpose, demonstrating how faith and community support can guide one through suffering to find hope, healing, and the ability to help others in similar situations.

00:56 Opening Moments: Setting the Stage
01:46 Brenda’s Harrowing Journey of Suffering and Survival
03:00 Finding Strength and Escape: A Tale of Resilience
13:57 The Turning Point: Embracing Faith and Freedom
15:58 Understanding Love and Overcoming Misconceptions
20:10 Life After Liberation: New Beginnings and Realizations
21:53 The Journey of Faith and Ministry
23:04 Embracing Challenges and Finding Strength
25:02 The Power of Love, Joy, and Kindness
29:10 The Role of Suffering and Brokenness in Growth
36:59 Supporting Women in Transition: A Ministry of Hope
44:33 The Impact of Giving and Receiving Comfort
47:08 Reflections and Future Aspirations

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