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."