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Brenda hails from the assembly in Houston.
I have found Brenda to be an
and genuine person.
She is someone that can be trusted.
Brenda is the first of IndaPhatFarm's special double interview. Make sure
you check out her twin sister, Liza's interview as well.
August 25, 2003
Chung Lao: Hey Brenda, how are you?
Brenda: Very well, thank you.
Chung Lao: God willing, where do you see
yourself in 5 years?
Brenda: I'll probably be teaching in a
high school or working as a linguist for the F.B.I..
Chung Lao: What do you think of
Brenda: IndaPhatFarm is a great website. I enjoy going on
there to see the new things that are posted up every few days, and see all the
great pictures. I also like the fact that there is a healthy balance when
sentimental issues, such as weddings and deaths,are adressed . In other words,
it doesn't get too personal, but it is not too detached. That is really great.
Chung Lao: Describe some of the Mission
Trips to Mexico you’ve been on. Do you recommend these types of mission trips
to other youth? Why?
Brenda: I have taken most of the
mission trips to Mexico with my parents since they go to Mexico very frequently,
with the exception of one time that I went with Sis. Jill, Liza, Blessan, and
Anthony, so I didn't do a whole lot of "missionary" work. What I have done more
is work in the actual church, not with unsaved people. For instance, I have
interpreted from English to Spanish and vice versa, sang and played the guitar
in the meetings, and shared with the youth. I would encourage these kinds of
mission trips to other youth, because even if you do not do a whole lot of
witnessing, you learn how to work with the souls and love the work of God.
However, I would not recommend these mission trips to someone who goes more as a
spectator, because the people will be able to tell and feel exploited, almost as
if they are some kind of tourist attraction.
Chung Lao: What is the biggest
difference between you and your twin sister, Liza?
Brenda: We have several major
differences, but one of the biggest differences is in the way people perceive
us. People think that since I am a bit more reserved and formal with people,
that I am a good judge of character and very perceptive, but in truth, Liza is
more intuitive, and she can also discern more easily when people are being
sarcastic and such things. I am not a blonde by any means, but I am definitely
more believing and trusting
Chung Lao: Have you ever impersonated
your sister? If so, tell us the story.
Brenda: I don't have any exciting stories of any escapades I
made acting like Liza, but one time when we were in 6th grade, our teacher was
checking our homework to make sure we had gotten it done. At that time Liza
never did her homework and I always did mine, so we switched seats because she
didn't want to hear the teacher scold her again. So we switched seats and when
the teacher came to me, she was like, Liza, you didn't do your homework again.
So I started laughing because she thought I was Liza, but I covered it up by
acting that I was sobbing because I was getting in trouble. Then another teacher
walked in and told the first teacher that we were tricking her. We all started
laughing, but Liza still got her detention for not doing her homework.
Chung Lao: I read somewhere that twins
can sometimes feel what the other twin is feeling, even when they’re not in the
same place. Have you ever felt this?
Chung Lao: In your view, why is it
important to stay focused on our Lord Jesus Christ?
Brenda: If we do not have our focus on Jesus, we will tend to
be swayed by many petty things we see in the church or in the world. Our time is
so short, and therefore too valuable to waste on getting angry and offended for
all the rules our church has or whatever is bothering us. Also, whenever we
focus on Him, we will have no rules or law. The Bible says that whoever is
guided by the spirit is not under the law, and if we keep focused on Jesus and
loving him with all our heart, he will transform our minds and make us think
like He does, and His love will erase or answer all our questions.
Chung Lao: Where were you when you
heard the news about Blessan Samuel, and what was your initial reaction?
Brenda: I was called at home and
informed of his death. I find it hard to explain how many things went through my
mind in seconds when a sister called me and told me what had happened. At first
I was just so shocked and was just trying to ask her how he had died, and then
the first realization hit me that he was gone. I say first realization, because
throughout these months I have felt more and more realizations. For instance,
when I got to his house and saw all the cars parked by his house of all the
church members and saw that there had been no mistake, when I went to the
university and didn't find him in the college of business, and many other
occasions where it has hit me again and again. But that was the first time it
really hit me, and then I started to shake and cry. I also had to inform my
family what had happened, so that was all going through my mind in those first
Chung Lao: I know that Blessan went out
of his way to make sure you and your sister were ok. Describe some of
Brenda: Blessan did so much for my
sisters and me that it is hard to pick from the many wonderful things he did,
but several important instances come to mind because they were crucial to our
growing up. The first person with whom I drove was with Blessan, because my
mother was to scared to take me, and my father was a bit busy. He also came to
my house to explain to Liza, Aylin and me everything there was to know about
getting into college. In college I joined an honors society, and he came all the
way from his house to my school just to go to the induction ceremony. When I
transferred to the University of Houston we used to see each other almost every
day and he was always watching out for me, such as the time when he brought me a
jacket because I was cold, and when he brought me lunch because I forgot mine.
One time I shared a message at another church with the youth, and both Blessan
and Benson came to hear the message. There were several inconveniences for them
which include the fact that this was an all night meeting conducted only in
Spanish. They had no clue as to what was going on, and after the meeting I
thanked them for coming and showing their support, and he asked me when there
was going to be another meeting because he wanted to come. I was so touched by
his love, but not at all surprised because that was who Blessan was.
Chung Lao: What have you learned from
Brenda: To love God and people.
countries you would like to visit / revisit, and why.
Brenda: I really would like to
travel all over the world, but if I must cut it down to 2 or 3 places, I would
love to revisit Colombia because it is the country where my parents where born
and I would like to visit my family and find out a little more of my ancestors,
and I would also like to visit Austria because it has beautiful mountains and it
has something I've never seen before in any mentionable amount- snow.
Chung Lao: Favorite movie?
Brenda: I'm really not into movies
but if anything it would have to be the movie adaptation of one of my favorite
books, Pride and Prejudice.
Chung Lao: Favorite food?
Brenda: Colombian food or whatever my
Chung Lao: What is something you can’t
stand in a person?
Brenda: I really dislike when people
are mean spirited and say things to willfully hurt people or joke in a mean way
at the expense of another person. I also dislike deceit and manipulation.
Chung Lao: Will you vote for George W
in ’04? Why/Why not?
Brenda: Most definitely. My major
reasons include the fact that he is a Texan, he has a great accent, but also
because he is a Godly, conservative man, and he has a great staff working behind
Chung Lao: Can you cook? If so, what’s
Brenda: I must confess that I don't
cook much, but I am a pretty good baker. My specialty is banana-nut bread.
Chung Lao: Are we living in the End
Brenda: The Bible says that in the
end times there will be wars and rumors of wars, pestilence, famine, and
earthquakes, and these things are taking place these days. I believe one of the
things that gives us a false sense of security is the fact that these things
have taken place in other generations and Jesus has not returned yet. The
difference with now and before is that these things are occurring with a greater
frequency than before. So to answer your question, we are living in the End
Chung Lao: Give us a fond memory/story
about your brother, Bro. Armando, (who is currently serving the Lord in the
Brenda: One time when I was like
eleven years old, my brother came to the house to make a phone call, and he was
accompanied by all of his neighborhood buddies. I was washing the dishes, being
serious and minding my own business because they were all guys I didn't even
know, when Armando told me to hurry and write a number for him that somebody was
giving him on the phone. So I went to get a pen, and Armando told me, no I have
a pen, just hurry and write this down. So I got the pen, and when I removed the
top it made a sound like if it was a firecracker. Armando and all his buddies
started laughing because they had set me up, and I was so startled and I started
laughing too. But then I realized that Armando had just embarrassed me in front
of all his friends and I got so mad and started hitting him. Because he was
laughing so hard and I was so mad I was able to knock him down to the sofa, so
all his friends took off running because they thought I was going to beat them
Chung Lao: You’ve just been granted a
wish to have any one thing you want. What’ll it be?
Brenda: The ability to play the
guitar really well.
Chung Lao: Describe your ideal house
Brenda: My ideal house would be very
spacious to be able to accommodate everything neatly, with a lot of windows to
let the sunshine in. I would like my house to be either Spanish style or
Colonial style with either ceramic tile or wood floor.
Chung Lao: Now, describe your ideal
Brenda: A place where there is peace
and love, where Christ is the head of the home, where there is lots of joy and
Chung Lao: List some of your favorite
Give me a clean Heart by Fred Hammond and
Cara a Cara by Marcos Vidal.
Chung Lao: Have a favorite phrase, or
something you say a lot?
Brenda: over yonder.
Chung Lao: What about a favorite verse
or passage from the Bible?
Brenda: Psalms 19:14 - let the
words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O
Lord,my strength and my redeemer.
Chung Lao: If you could change one
thing about yourself, what would it be?
Brenda: I would be more disciplined.
Chung Lao: Ok, you wake up one morning
and get ready to eat breakfast. As you pour some Honey Nut Cheerios into your
bowl, you notice that your siblings are curiously absent. “Where are Liza and
Diana” you ask. “Who?” replies your Mom. Upon further questioning you come to
find out that your siblings never existed. How do you feel?
Brenda: Absolutely horrible. Liza
and Diana are my soul mates. I would probably try to wake myself up from the
Chung Lao: Finally, leave us with a
Brenda: This comes from Philipians
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of
God in Christ Jesus.
Excellent interview Brenda. Appreciate it. Next up
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