From the Refuge for Women Chicago City Director

Today's blog post was written by Refuge for Women Chicago City Director, Karen Schultz, about the staff leadership at the Chicago safe house:

 
 Nina (L) and Angie (R)

Nina (L) and Angie (R)

 

I was asked to write a blog post regarding our two key staff members. I came up with all kinds of wonderful things about them...loving, energetic, called, gracious, strong, faithful, wise, positive, knowledgeable...and ALL THESE (and more) are true about Nina, our Program Director and Angie, our Program Director Assistant. The bottom line, however, is that the most wonderful thing that is true about each of them, is that they have followed Jesus into Refuge for Women with a humility that releases complete surrender and total dependence upon God. This is what will enable and empower them to lovingly persevere in supporting and guiding our residents through their healing. The servant leadership journey they are on is NOT for the faint of heart. Each resident we welcome into our home is unique and each trauma dynamic plays out with new twists and turns every day. Thus, while Nina and Angie have a program map, they can only engage it together, with Jesus, as He charts the course. As I said, Refuge is not for the faint of heart, but it is for the surrendered of heart...and with that surrender, comes the joy of having a front row seat to the miraculous work of God.

Nina has been with Refuge for Women Chicago since the beginning , helping to launch the house, serving as Volunteer Coordinator, then as Program Director Assistant and now as Program Director. Angie comes to use with a wealth of administrative and ministry experience and takes delight in walking people through conflict. Together, they will be like Mother Teresa once said, "I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things."

Provision

Today's blog post is from our Refuge for Women North Texas team: 

We always trust in God’s provision! We have never doubted the fact that Refuge for Women needs to exists in North Texas. Women need a safe place to heal and recover from years of abuse and exploitation. God continues to confirm this for North Texas time and time again.  

Two weeks ago we saw God work in a MIGHTY way. One of our staff received an email from an NFL player who lives in the area. He expressed his heart in wanting to get involved and that he and his wife are committed to fighting against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We met with this man at a coffee shop and shared about Refuge for Women North Texas and about different ways he could get involved. He asked us our need and we shared that we are in need of an 8 passenger vehicle so that we can house more residents. Within just 5 hours of this meeting we were told that he and his family wanted to purchase a brand new suburban for our ministry. We were filled with emotion and gratitude to him and his wife, but even more so to a God that is always working on Refuge for Women North Texas’ behalf and letting us know that He is with us and hears our prayers.

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Now just wait for what God did next! In the same day we went to check the mail. We opened a letter from a local church with a check enclosed. The check was for $40,000! Multiple staff had to double look at this check because we were all in such shock!  

We have a team of staff and volunteers that are always praying and planning on how to ensure we keep our doors open. This latest provision, the suburban and check, reminded us that God is working all the time. He is behind the scenes, every day and in every situation. He is helping us network. He is working on hearts. He is growing up an army here in North Texas that is willing and wanting to be apart of the solution. Praise God for His faithfulness and provision over the Refuge for Women North Texas ministry!