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April 28, 2021

From Trafficked to Triumphant

What leads a young woman to enter the traumatic world of sex trafficking? Sometimes it is simply innocent love gone terribly wrong.  Join us for an inside look at the road into and, by God’s grace, back out of the world of trafficking in the USA. Rebecca Bender joins us to courageously share the psychological and spiritual ramifications of the life she longed to leave. Don’t miss her soul-stirring story!  

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Rebecca Bender
Rebecca Bender

Rebecca Bender

After escaping nearly six years of human trafficking, Rebecca Bender received the kind of restoration that only God provides. Now, an award-winning social entrepreneur, she is the CEO and Founder of the Rebecca Bender Initiative, a non-profit that works with law enforcement, FBI, Homeland Security, and aftercare programs and provides expert testimony, training, and consultation across the globe. She is also the creator of Elevate Academy, an online school for women who want to pursue the call of God regardless of their past.
Rebecca has earned her Master’s in Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary and enjoys influencing culture by teaching biblical truths for various audiences.
Rebecca and her husband, Matt, live in the Pacific Northwest with their four daughters.

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Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area.    Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.

Equipped with Chris Brooks

Equipped with Chris Brooks encourages listeners to live to grow spiritually, think Biblically, and live compassionately in a world that desperately needs our Savior.  Chris examines all of life through the lens of a Biblical Worldview, equipping believers to live, share and defend their faith in today's rapidly changing culture.