NAMES: Brent and Marsha Pedro
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELVES:
Brent: Hello, my name is Brent Pedro. I turned 39 years old in August. I was born and raised in Princess Town, Trinidad and I now live in New Grant, Trinidad. I have a wife named Marsha. I am a fun guy to be around, love people and love to make them happy. I am a preacher and love to impact lives. My hobbies include singing, decorating, movies, traveling and really anything full of fun and purpose. Passion and integrity play a huge part in my life. Hey, I just enjoy life.
Marsha: Hello, my name is Marsha Pedro. I turned 37 in September. I was born in the south of Trinidad on the outskirts of the city. However, I now reside in the rustic countryside with my husband, Brent. I love to cook food with many herbs and spices. I have a great desire to be a trillionaire so that I can invest in the lives and businesses of people. Swimming is one of my favourite pastimes. I also love to look at thrillers as they engage my mind. My final passion is teaching children and engaging their minds.
SINCE YOU LIVE IN BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL TRINIDAD (COME ON, THAT’S JUST NOT FAIR), WHAT DOES YOUR DREAM VACATION LOOK LIKE?
Brent: Although I live in Trinidad, my dream vacation would be being secluded on an island for a month with nothing to do but have fun in the water and hike throughout the island.
Marsha: My dream vacation would be in a totally different culture and climate. It would include dressing in the native clothing, eating their food and observing how families function there.
LOVE IS AT TIMES A SACRIFICE. NAME ONE ACTIVITY FOR EACH OF YOU THAT YOU WOULD DO FOR YOUR SPOUSE THAT YOU WOULD PREFER NOT TO DO?
Brent: Oh yes, love is a sacrifice. I will clean the dishes after she cooks even though I don’t like to do it.
Marsha: I would donate blood or an organ. I am not fond of hospitals or needles, however, I would do anything possible to ensure that my husband lives and accomplishes purpose.
“IRON SHARPENS IRON.” HOW HAVE YOUR SPOUSE’S STRENGTHS SHARPENED YOU INTO A MORE EFFECTIVE LEADER AND BALANCED INDIVIDUAL?
Brent: Well, my wife tends to see things from a practical point of view. I am more emotional in my approach on things. Her strength has helped me to focus and be direct on my approach to a situation or person.
Marsha: My husband’s patience and ability to listen to people’s problems has inspired me to become more balanced as a leader.
HOW DO YOU AS A MARRIED COUPLE AFFIRM THE STRENGTHS IN ONE ANOTHER? ON THE OTHER HAND, HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE AND CONFRONT WEAKNESSES IN LOVE?
Brent: Taking time to listen and speaking words of encouragement. I love to work on things right away, while my wife likes to think about it and get back to it. I give her the time she needs.
Marsha: I affirm my husband verbally. We confront weaknesses when we simply sit and have a conversation.
STRONG COMMUNITIES ARE A REFLECTION OF STRONG FAMILIES. AS A LEADER IN THE BODY OF CHRIST, WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN CREATING STRONG MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES?
Brent: The role of the church is to establish morals and values, which are so much needed today. The role of the father in the life of the child helps to set the trend for the rest of their lives on the earth.
Marsha: I think it’s the church’s responsibility to demonstrate the prototype for families. As such, we start by developing strong individuals. When people are healed and walking in their true purpose, they will align themselves with the appropriate mate so that destiny can be walked out. The married pair would then reproduce themselves physically and spiritually, thereby building a generation of people who are healed and restored.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP SPIRITUAL INTIMACY WITH JESUS PERSONALLY AND AS A COUPLE? ADDITIONALLY, AS MINISTERS IN THE CHURCH, HOW DO YOU EFFECTIVELY MINISTER TO YOUR SPOUSE?
Brent: I love to sit on my back step and just talk with God. I believe that to be intimate with God is not a complicated thing. With our schedules, I normally take time to pray for my wife as well as release the word of the Lord over her.
Marsha: I personally love prayer and the word. I usually pray at 5AM and read the word thereafter. I meditate on the word throughout the day. As a couple we have not consistently or studied the word; our schedules tend to clash.
EXPLAIN HOW IMPORTANT BOUNDARIES ARE TO MAINTAIN PURITY IN RELATIONSHIPS. WHAT BOUNDARIES HAVE YOU ESTABLISHED WHEN YOU WORK WITH OR MINISTER TO THE OPPOSITE SEX?
Brent: I am very high on having integrity. When it comes to the opposite sex, I have set many boundaries. My wife is always aware as to what is taking place and most of the time, I let her deal with things concerning women. I am never alone with a woman and if I have to, it is in full public eye.
Marsha: In our lives we hold fast to the fact that our marriage is a binding covenant with God. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that we are not tainted with the things of the world. At all times we ensure that our conversation, attire, and conduct is appropriate. If a meeting has to take place outside of the church, then a public location is chosen where visibility and accountability can be established.
IF YOU WERE SPEAKING IN FRONT OF A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE FULL OF NEWLYWEDS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
Brent: I would encourage them to develop a deep relationship with God and with each other. It is not until you have experienced intimacy with God personally that you will be able to experience intimacy with your spouse.
Marsha: Take time to learn each other. Take time to celebrate each other and communicate
BOTH OF YOU HAVE STRONG PERSONALITIES. IF YOU WERE CONFRONTED BY A WILD DOG IN A DARK ALLEY, WHICH ONE OF YOU WOULD PROTECT THE OTHER AND WHICH ONE WOULD RUN AWAY?
Brent: Oh, I will be the one to reach out and protect. I am more the passive one, but in a situation, I normally arise to the occasion.
Marsha: I think Brent would protect me. I would not run away because there is no one who will protect me like Brent.
PLEASE FINALIZE THIS DILEMMA ONCE AND FOR ALL—WHAT IS THE CORRECT WAY TO SQUEEZE THE TOOTHPASTE TUBE? FROM THE MIDDLE OR FROM THE END? WHY?
Brent: Come on, really!? I will say from any part. I really don’t care wherever. The good thing is that we have our own toothpaste so that is not a problem.
Marsha: At our house we use different brands of toothpaste; that’s the extent of our diversity.