SERVICE AT THE MISSION SINCE
After college, I moved to Madison, NE to teach art at Madison Public Schools. After 12 years of teaching high school, junior high, and elementary art, I began a graphics and screen printing business. For 5 years I worked with printing and graphic design, as well as teaching art as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Community College and Wayne State College.
In 1994 the Lord grabbed my heart for the world through teaching English in China. After 2 summer teaching experiences, in 1996 I went to China full-time. I taught at Inner Mongolia University of Technology in Hohhot in north central China for 21 years. By 2017 the impact of living in China was taking a heavy toll on my health, so it was necessary for me to return to the U.S. I miss China and my friends there every day!
After living overseas for so many years, it was challenging to find my place back in American life and figure out how to make a living. I started building websites for a few of non-profits, including the Mission. I was then asked to start working a couple of evenings each week at the Hope House.
I work with the ladies in the Hope House, mostly during the afternoon and evening shift. I love hanging out with the girls and the kids at the Mission. I help out with creative, computer and organizational tasks as necessary, and I am also the webmaster for the Norfolk Rescue Mission website.
I am such a neophyte in the world of homelessness and addictions! One warm evening in the spring, all the windows were open, and I began smelling smoke coming in from outside the Hope House. It smelled a little sweet, so I’m thinking, “Is that pot? I really don’t know.” I called Pastor Bob to come help me check it out. I met him on the front porch; we could see smoke around the whole neighborhood—obviously not pot! It was a fire at Skyline apartments!
“‘Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband, ‘ says the Lord. ‘Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your [singleness]. For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.’”