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For Christian women who are hungry to know God and make Him known. Host Karen Bejjani (author and iHOPE Ministries' Co-Founder) dishes up a fresh dose of inspiration and moral courage through conversations with faith-filled women who are living as authentic witnesses across cultures in their daily lives. For more inspiration visit TheBlueCord.org.
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iHOPE Empowers

Renod and Karen Bejjani

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Let us help you share your faith across cultures without apprehension. Join host Renod Bejjani, co-founder of iHOPE Ministries, as he emboldens you to live as an authentic Christian witness through powerful real-life story-telling and road-tested principles. Get more resources at www.iHOPEministries.org.
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About the Guest(s): Kimberly is a Christian woman who discovered The Blue Cord about a year ago when she was searching online for how to share her faith with refugees and immigrants around her. She grew up in a military family and moved around frequently, always prioritizing finding a church in each new location. At the age of nine, she asked Chris…
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About the Guest(s): Becca is a passionate follower of Jesus who has a heart for sharing the love of Christ with people from different faiths and cultures. She grew up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus into her heart at a young age. However, it wasn't until college that she became aware of God's heart for the nations and the importance of shari…
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About the Guest: Jill Lowry grew up in Bakersfield, California, in a culturally Catholic family. She accepted the Lord at the age of 11 and felt called to be an evangelist and a missionary. Jill and her husband served as missionaries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for over 26 years, working with pastors, women in prostitution, and various …
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About the Guest: Clay is a talented worship leader and church planter. He has been working behind the scenes editing all the Blue Cord Podcast episodes. Clay and his wife, Beth, have been dear friends of the hosts for over a decade. They have traveled the world together, shining the light of Jesus and sharing their faith. Clay's personal journey ha…
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About the Guest(s): Shannon is a passionate advocate for sharing the hope of Jesus across faiths and cultures. In 2017, she discovered her calling to actively share her faith and realized that it was not just for missionaries. Shannon's heart was deeply moved during a trip to Indonesia in 2019, where she encountered Muslim women and felt a burden t…
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About the Guest(s): Brandy is a married woman with two daughters and a dog. She works part-time for her church and a healthcare system, where she focuses on team building and culture building initiatives. Brandy is actively involved in her community, leading a weekly small group and attending a leadership group. She is passionate about sharing her …
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About the Guest(s): Karen Bradford: Karen Bradford is a former high school reading teacher who has a passion for sharing her faith with others. After working in industry and traveling to Indonesia, she developed a heart for reaching the nations with the gospel. Karen has been involved in various outreach efforts, including training on how to reach …
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About the Guest(s): Linda is a seasoned traveler and worker who has spent over a decade working with immigrants, refugees, and church planters in Europe. She has been actively engaged in reaching out to people from other faiths, particularly Muslims, and has a heart for sharing the love of Christ with them. Linda is affiliated with a European churc…
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About the Guest: Andrena Sawyer is an author, business strategist, and survivor of the civil war in Sierra Leone. She left Sierra Leone at the age of nine and experienced her first encounter with God at the age of seven or eight during an altar call at church. Adrena's family was able to leave the country during the civil war due to her mother's em…
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About the Guest(s): Amy McBrayer: Amy is a busy mom of two sons, a teacher at a local school, and a PhD candidate working on her thesis on the topic of modeling sharing faith across cultures. She is intentional about teaching her children to be authentic witnesses in their daily lives and has practical tips to share with other parents. Episode Summ…
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About the Guest Lily (pseudonym) is a former school administrator with a heart for engaging the nations who live among us. She is currently engaged in purposeful interactions with people from various nations in a large city in North America. Lily is intentional about cultivating compassion for those who don't know Jesus and seeks to be an authentic…
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It's a wrap! In this special, year-end BONUS EPISODE, Karen gives you a sneak peek of 3 BIG things coming for The Blue Cord in '24, and ways you can get involved. Watch for new Season 6 episodes in February '24. Until then, make sure you’re on our Blue Cord email list so you get all the latest updates. Sign up at www.TheBlueCord.org. Thank you for …
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About The Guest(s): Julie King is an author who grew up in Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall. She is the founder of Arise, an initiative through East-West Ministries International that focuses on mobilizing and equipping women to share the gospel around the world. Summary: Julie King shares her experiences in knowing God and making Him kno…
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About The Guest(s): Cathyl: A Blue Cord woman who has led four studies and is starting an international platform. Leatrice: A Blue Cord woman who has led three studies and brought nine women to the conference from Ohio. Jaiden: The youngest Blue Cord woman who led her first study at 16 and is now sharing her faith on her college campus. Summary: Ca…
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About the Guest: Sarah, a former Buddhist from Burma, shares her compelling journey from a life of uncertainty and striving to the profound peace and transformation she found through encountering Jesus Christ. Her story illuminates the impact of God's love in her life and the remarkable transition from practicing Buddhism to embracing Christianity.…
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About The Guest(s): Hediah Miramadi is the founder of Resurrect Ministry. She was a devout practicing Muslim for over 20 years and worked in the US government and private sector focused on defeating Islamic terrorism. After a series of life events, she had a personal encounter with Christ and her life was transformed. Summary: Hediah Miramadi share…
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About The Guest(s): "Zana" - Born in Kenya, Zana came to the United States with her family in early 2000. She grew up in an Islamic household but surrendered her life to Christ at a young age. "Abha": Originally from India, Abha moved to the United States in 2001 after an arranged marriage. She grew up in a Hindu background and followed Hinduism. H…
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About The Guest: Renod Bejjani is the author of "Muslims, 5 Biblical Essentials Every Christian Should Know and Do," and "The Way to Paradise," a Bible study for Muslim Seekers. Renod founded iHOPE Ministries with his wife, Karen, in 2011,to empower everyday Believers to be authentic witnesses across cultures in daily life. Renod has extensive expe…
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About The Guest(s): Renod Bejjani is the author of "Muslim's Five Biblical Essentials Every Christian Should Know and Do" and the president of iHOPE Ministries. He grew up in the Middle East and North Africa and has a deep understanding of the Muslim culture and worldview. Summary: Renod Bejjani joins Karen on the Blue Cord Podcast to discuss the o…
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About The Guest(s): Kim: Lifelong Christian with over 30 years of ministry experience, currently a fourth-grade teacher. Nita: Retired teacher of teachers, serves with ISI (International Students Inc.) and the Richardson Faith Alliance. Asma: Mom of young kids, former Muslim, now shares her faith with Muslims globally and locally. Summary: Kim, Nit…
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Ever wondered how you can step out of your comfort zone and truly be the church scattered? Join Karen and Deanna Sanders in this enlightening episode as they unravel the impactful story from the Gospel of Mark—bringing people to Jesus, reaching out, and igniting faith. Delve into the crucial importance of sharing your faith across diverse cultures,…
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What are you glorifying? Where do you find joy? In this inspiring episode, Karen engages in a captivating conversation with the author of "Hard is Only Half the Story" from Serbia, Wendy Zaharanski. Wendy unravels her incredible faith journey, emphasizing the profound importance of personal awe and conviction in God's glory to effectively point oth…
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NOTE: This episode amplifies lessons from The Blue Cord Group Study Session 3. Ever grappled with doubts that hinder you from being a true witness of your faith? Join Karen and Mirielle in this thought-provoking episode as they delve into the doubts and assumptions that often restrain Christians from being authentic witnesses. From assumptions abou…
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About The Guest(s): Kaitlyn Mullens is one of the founders of For The Nations, a refugee outreach ministry in North Texas. She started the ministry after working as a kindergarten teacher in a diverse school district and realizing the need to help refugee families in her community. Kaitlyn has a heart for sharing the hope of Christ with people from…
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NOTE: This episode amplifies Week 1 of THE BLUE CORD GROUP STUDY. Learn more about coordinating a Blue Cord Group Study with your friends at www.TheBlueCord.org. Ever wondered about the pivotal moment that tested the disciples' understanding of Jesus' identity? In this compelling episode, Karen and Andre Mubarek embark on a journey to Caesarea Phil…
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Are you ready to be a catalyst for change in your community and beyond? Join Karen and the Blue Cord Project on a transformative journey in the first season of the Blue Cord Podcast. As we dive into this series, we ask a vital question: "How can we, as Christian women, authentically share our faith in our everyday lives?" In these episodes, we unve…
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We like the idea of sharing Jesus across cultures, yet without compassion, it can be terrifying. Lily knew this first-hand. She grew up Muslim in Iran. When she became a Christian, she knew fellow Iranians needed Jesus too. Yet she trembled at the thought of sharing the gospel. Today, she finds joy in sharing Jesus in Iran. What made Lily bold? Cou…
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Could God really care about the tiny details of your day? Zara didn't think so. She grew up in a Muslim family in the heart of the Middle East. Then she ended up in a women's Bible study in America with women who talked about what God was doing in their lives. She wondered if God might care about the details in her life too. Find out what she learn…
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Have you ever wrestled with doubt or uncertainty about God being in control of your life? Or maybe you have wondered if God really sees you? Today’s guest did. She grew up in the heart of the Middle East to a missionary family that had traveled for four generations to spread Islam. Could God see her there? Listen to Zara's story and find out, becau…
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God speaks to us in many ways. Yet Negin never heard Him speak with her. As a young Muslim girl, growing up in refugee camps and makeshift housing, she suffered unimaginable trauma and abuse. She prayed fervently and was desperate for a word. Yet none came, leaving her feeling even more alone and conflicted. Then she had a dramatic encounter with t…
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Western Christians are free to share Jesus. Yet Ruba can’t freely do this. She lives in a Muslim-majority nation surrounded by political unrest, facing restrictions that Westerners can only imagine. Despite insurmountable obstacles, Ruba has found the courage to point women to Christ. If God gives Ruba the strength to be His witness among women thr…
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Life without Jesus is hard. It was surely hard for Rashida. She was born into a Muslim family in a gritty small town where drive-by shootings were common and broken families were the norm. Everything was hopeless. Then one courageous woman braved the neighborhood to share Jesus with Rashida’s mother. It changed their lives forever. When you touch s…
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Courage grows a more resilient Christian faith. So how can you grow more courage – especially when it comes to sharing your faith? One way is to hear inspiring stories from Believers of other-faith backgrounds who’ve had to overcome great odds to follow Jesus. Today’s guest, Ataya is one of those people. Her coming-to-Jesus story will remind you th…
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What does it look like practically to love your neighbors when you’re stretched thin between work, school, and taking care of our family? In this episode, Vela, a busy pastor’s wife, shares how to make time for loving others when calendars are already full to overflowing. Wherever you are in your faith journey today, the stories Vela shares will in…
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Can prayer truly transform the way we share our faith with others? Join me as I sit down with my friend Mireille to uncover the incredible power of prayer and its connection to spreading the Gospel. Mireille opens up about her life-changing encounter with Jesus, recounting how she found healing from depression and bitterness through surrendering he…
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Are you ready to be inspired to make a difference in the world and share your faith boldly? Join Karen and special guest Laura Woodworth on the Blue Cord Podcast as they explore the power of personal encounters with God and the transformative journey of making Him known. Discover how Laura's new devotional, Through the Valley, offers compassion and…
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Are you ready to unlock the power of community in knowing and making God known? Join Karen and Kathleen on the Blue Cord Podcast as they dive into the significance of witnesses worldwide. Explore the challenges faced by the persecuted church, the unwavering joy found in Jesus amidst chaos, and the importance of standing firm in faith within the ent…
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Have you ever wondered how to respond to people who aren't interested in you sharing your faith? In this captivating episode of the Blue Cord Podcast, Karen and Renod Bejjani share insights on the biblical concept of "a person of peace" that can revolutionize the way you share your faith. Through personal stories and profound reflections, they reve…
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What does it mean to glorify God? How can we do it in our everyday lives, even when we're waiting in line at the bank or sitting in a doctor's office? In today's episode, Karen shares practical ways we can bring glory to God, drawing on biblical examples and personal experiences. From understanding the meaning of doxa to living a life that reflects…
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Have you ever prayed with someone of another faith? In this episode of the Blue Cord podcast, Karen shares a powerful story of how praying with two veiled Muslim women led to a holy moment where she was able to point them to Jesus. This experience taught Karen the importance of praying with people of other faiths to discern if they might be a perso…
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We are called to do more than just love. We are called to share the gospel with those who do not know Jesus. Imagine yourself riding with a friend in a taxi, when all of a sudden she begins talking to the driver about Jesus. Would you be uncomfortable? Well that's exactly what happened to Karen. Karen and her husband Renod are currently traveling t…
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Do you love people outside of your culture enough to share your faith with them? If not, your not alone. In today's episode Karen and Lucy tackle this difficult topic and give practical ways to love people of different faiths and cultures. Asking God for insight into how to love each person well is essential. It is only through God that we can love…
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Do you wish there was a simple blueprint or strategy to know how and when to engage people of other faiths and cultures and talk about Jesus?. If so, your not alone. This is a common struggle believers face. On todays episode, Karen and Hannah discuss how to identify a person of peace, someone that God is wooing to Himself. Hannah experienced a dee…
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Feeling stuck and overwhelmed on your faith-sharing journey? Join Karen and Angie on this podcast episode as they explore ways to take your conversations about Jesus to the next level. With Angie's expertise in human development and coaching, learn about the self-sufficient way of thinking and how to break out of thought patterns that are holding y…
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Tune in for an enlightening conversation about faith-sharing obstacles and opportunities. Hear Karen and Amy debunk the idea that sharing Jesus means having to push an agenda or memorize a script, and explore the reasons why people often choose to hold back from sharing their faith. Get inspired by Amy's story about being part of the original Blue …
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Do you struggle with fear when you think of sharing your faith? If so, your not alone and todays guest might hold the key to help you unlock your courage. In this episode, Karen and Norma discuss the importance of cultivating a heart of compassion when it comes to sharing our faith, particularly when it comes to different cultures. Norma shares her…
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A woman with strong convictions is a woman who will have moral courage. In today's episode, Karen and Joanne Doyle discuss the challenges that Christian women face in a culture that is increasingly hostile towards Christianity. They explore the doubts and assumptions that hold us back from being authentic Christian witnesses and the importance of b…
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Imaginge yourself as a young adult on the fast track to corporate success only to hear the call that you are to go to another part of the world to minister and serve the least reached people. Well that's exactly what happened to today's guest. Karen is joined by Kate and they are discussing how Kate transitioned from working in the corporate world …
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In this episode, Karen sits with Asma, a former Muslim, to reflect on her remarkable coming-to-Jesus story. If you’ve felt like sharing Jesus across cultures is for others, Asma’s message is a wake-up call. Growing up in an Islamic-ruled nation, she feared missing any religious obligation that would lead her to an eternity in hell. Fearing her Chri…
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Karen and Jodie discuss the intersection of faith and purpose. Jodie is a pastor by training, and author of Bible studies who hosts a podcast called 'So Much More: Creating Space for God'. She has since stepped away from formal church ministry positions and is now helping people create space for God through her podcast, writing, and other disciples…
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