“Giving it all to Jesus.”
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But the worst was the sexual abuse, which began when she was just eight and continued until she was 19…the one time Tina reported her father to Child Protective Services, he raped her in retribution.
But through much of this hellish relationship, Tina knew that God was always with her. And that helped her break the chains that bound her to her past! In fact, it was the very reason she forgave her father and carried on with a life that has been full of love and service to others. Tina’s first contact with Hiway 80 Rescue Mission was through a youth ministry her children were involved in that helped with meals at the Mission.
She and her daughter visited our women’s shelter one day to deliver some baby clothes, and Tina happened to mention she was looking for a job.
The Mission Director was looking for a secretary who “knew the computer” and could “follow directions.” Tina had never seen herself working at a homeless shelter, but with her husband wanting to go back to college and continue his education, she decided to take the job.
Today, 10 years later, Tina is here at our Women & Families Shelter as a Women & Family Manager, sharing Jesus with hurting women. “There’s not a woman here who hasn’t had something happen to them,” she says. “[Many of them] have been sexually, emotionally or physically abused. I don’t know anybody that didn’t have something bad happen in their life. I don’t know anybody that didn’t need to come to God and cry.”
“You don’t have to go to a foreign country to become a missionary,” she says with a grin. “When we share our testimonies [with the women here], they realized ‘I am not alone.’ We are in the boat together. I keep telling them it is all in Jesus. Giving it all to Jesus. You’ve got to forgive. I know it’s not easy. It’s a step-by-step process. But you let go and then, you see where God takes you.”