My name is Brenda Aubain, and I am receiving free life coach minister training at CLI. I am originally from St. Thomas but currently live in Orlando, Florida, USA. Born on October 14, 1984, I am a former dental assistant and massage therapist. My early spiritual life consisted of my godmother taking my cousins and me to church every Sunday. My grandfather also taught me how to pray the Lord’s Prayer.
At this young age, I had my first experience of God. While studying for a test, I saw a staircase descend from the sky, and an angel waved at me on the porch. I also saw other angels going up and down the stairs. I called to my mother to show her what I saw, but she did not see it. Once I explained what I saw, my mother read me the story of Jacob’s ladder. It was like what I had seen. Amazingly, I had never until that moment read or heard the story of Jacob’s ladder.
I grew up on the tiny island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. I worked for 15 years as a dental assistant for two of the island’s premier dentists. Then in 2014, I decided to study massage therapy, where I once again excelled. After getting my license to practice massage, I returned to my island and was the proprietor of my own business Island Oasis Massage Therapy. There, I performed home visits, beach massage, and all-natural self-made body treatments such as wraps and scrubs. I was also the lead massage therapist at one of the largest hotels on the island of St. Thomas, Sugar Bay Resort and Spa.
In 2011, I became very ill with dengue fever. When my heart stopped beating, I had my second divine experience. My spirit moved to another realm. There I witnessed a river and a garden where all creatures were singing praises to God. As I started to walk towards the river to cross over, a voice stopped me. He told me, “It isn’t your time, and you need to go back.” I pleaded, saying, “Please, Father God, let me stay with you. I don’t feel any pain anymore and don’t want to go back to the pain.” However, the voice once again told me to go back and hit me like a wind in my heart. I awoke back in my body just as the doctors were going to restart my heart.
Tragedy and Struggle
Family is vital to me, especially my favorite aunt, role model, and mentor, Germain. We traveled all over the world together with my best friend and cousin, Gina, Germain’s daughter. However, everything changed in 2015 when Germain discovered she had cancer. I prayed for her. And, in what seemed like a miracle moment, the family was told that she had beaten cancer. Sadly, on December 6, 2016, only a few weeks after the good news, Germain passed away from a relapse.
After my aunt passed, I spiraled into depression. I did not socialize, was angry with God, and stopped praying and going to mass. I tried to keep a brave face and act as if all was well, but inside darkness was consuming me.
September 6, 2017, my island of St. Thomas was hit with Category 5 hurricane, Irma. Two weeks later, as the island and its people were still reeling from the devastation of Irma, we were struck again by hurricane Maria, another devastating category 5. The president declared our island’s disaster to be the worst in American history. So, I, along with many Virgin Islanders, was left to pick up the pieces. With my business destroyed and my income lost, I would have to start over.
The start of 2018 saw a positive change in my life. I once again started praying and thanking God. It was at this time that I reunited with a good friend, who became my boyfriend. We move in together and eventually moved to Florida together for work.
All seemed well until, in the blink of an eye, it all came crashing down. This wonderful man who I thought I would spend the rest of my life with began to abuse me physically. One night in August 2018, I awoke to him, choking me. Somehow, I managed to escape him, but he caught up with me and beat me to the ground. He punched me in the face, kicking me repeatedly in the stomach and ribs. He then kneeled on my back and began choking me facedown on the carpet.
I remember thinking, “Oh God, is this how I am going to die?” Then a voice whispered in my ear, “You are my child, a child of the God Most High, and you will stand up and fight.” So, I did! I fought with everything in me. It was only because of the strength of the Holy Spirit and the words of encouragement by the Lord that I survived that night.
Free Life Coach Minister Training at CLI
It was the turning point in my life. Now, I knew what my purpose was. God wants me to help married couples and those embarking on marriage, as well as women and youth. I know that I want to bring God into every aspect of my life and work. That is why I joined the Christian Leaders Institute for the free Life Coach Minister training.
My mission is to provide a Christian path to health, harmony, balance, success, and life. I also pray that I become a successful Christian author of both inspirational young adult books and children’s books. Rahab and Ruth inspire me with their purpose in the family line of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope to inspire the people of my community to pursue godly dreams and live lives that honor Jesus Christ.