By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer
In 1963, an 11-year-old girl stood on the front steps of her Corpus Christi home and cried, clutching her Chihuahua. She had just witnessed her father strangle her mother to death and then fire a 32-caliber bullet into his head. She and her siblings were put in separate foster homes.
Almost 20 years later, one of her brothers also took his life.
Jenny Broughton, who now lives in Oklahoma with a family of her own, shares her gut-wrenching experience at conferences and spiritual seminars throughout the nation as an example of how the relationship she developed with Christ provided healing and how faith has worked in her life.
“God is at work all around us in the lives of adults and children,” Broughton said. “God gives you the resources you need to survive. I hope that in giving my story to get to his story, it will allow other women to get to their story.”
Broughton will share her testimony with women in the Clovis area Saturday as the keynote speaker at Spiritual Seekers, a non-denominational women’s conference at the First United Methodist Church.
Mati Tharp, who attends First United Methodist and organized the event, said the seminar is an opportunity for women of all faiths to get together and worship.
“It’s nice to have something available for women in our area like this because usually you would have to (go through the hassle) of getting plane tickets or driving, finding a baby sitter, etc. to attend a conference of this nature,” she said.
Broughton said her speech focuses on Proverbs, chapter 31.
“It talks about the characteristics of a godly woman. You can not be this woman without the help of God,” Broughton said. “You must have a personal relationship with him in order to become the woman he wants you to be. He will give you the strength you need.”
Janet Birkey of Clovis will also speak at the event.
The women’s conference will consist of spiritual singing, a catered luncheon, motivational speakers and door prizes. Tharp said the event is free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated but not necessary.
Spiritual Seekers began in 1997 in Oklahoma, according to an informational pamphlet distributed by the fellowship.