Abby Germer first learned about Refuge for Women in a Texas coffee shop. Today she maps out her story from India to Texas, and how God moved her from volunteer to Program Director.
Tell us about your journey to Refuge for Women:
My journey starts back in 2009 when I went on a mission trip to India. It was there when I was first made aware of human trafficking, and what it looks like. God began breaking my heart for the cause and equipping me to become more involved. Over the next four years I served with similar ministries, and even returned to India on multiple accounts to continue serving trafficked women.
In 2013 God called my husband and I to lay down everything we were involved in. He left his job and I was a stay-at-home mom. We had no back-up plan. At that time, God was cultivating the desires of our heart. I knew I wanted to be involved in human trafficking but I just didn't know what that would look like. Then in 2015 me and Lynnie, now our City Director, met with Ked at a local coffee shop. Ked joked, “Who knows, maybe Texas is the next spot God opens Refuge for Women.” I was in awe that this could become real. A true desire of the heart.
What is God doing that you want to be part of?
We’re being able to see the dead come back to life. I think we can take Jesus’ expression that he can raise the dead literal. I want to be a part of that. My heart longs to love the spiritually dead, and to see them come back to life.
Also, if you look at the big picture you realize countless people have gone before us. They broke ground, to bring light to the cause and shine into the darkness. I’m thankful to be part of this organization that walks with integrity. I see nothing but potential for Refuge for Women, especially as we keep expanding, if that’s what God wants. His favor is all over it.
Remembering a resident encounter:
There was a resident struggling in her relationship with the Lord. She struggled with not believing in God, and she was angry at him for all that she had been through. Although we knew this was a painful feeling, it was important to us to let her be free to feel how she needed. I shared with her about Jacob wrestling with God and told her we’re allowed to be hurt and angry. She was able to verbalize her feelings in a safe environment, and she’s since experienced healing. She even told me, “I genuinely like the people here. Refuge isn’t institutionalize, it’s an authentic, loving and caring environment.”
To the women out there:
Just come. Breakthrough is on the other side. It will be hard, but worth it. Welcome home, to our safe refuge. It is a place to come and be restored.