Dreamers, Doters and Do-ers, Behind the Scenes with the Women of Grace.
BY JULIE MEINERS
Corinne is our Dreamer. A decade ago, she dreamt up GO Week, interrupting our semester studies for a week of serving. She challenged the women to go beyond Bible knowledge and be like Jesus. To open their eyes and step toward the needs of others into places of injustice.
This dream was just the beginning. We’ve since developed GO Groups, centered around women expressing the love of God through the creation of handcrafted items to be donated to the marginalized and forgotten, women grabbing hammers and power tools to construct a Habitat for Humanity home, and women traveling to Africa to share their professional expertise as they stand alongside leaders in Rwanda.
Then there is me. I am a Do-ter (doh – tur…one who dotes). I try to keep my eyes up, looking for any of the 500+ women who join us weekly who might be in need of a little extra care. I believe in the incredible power of a welcoming smile and a gentle word of encouragement. When I ask “How are you?” I really want to know. Nothing makes me smile like having the opportunity to cheer on our leaders, calling out their gifts and noticing when they seem a little weary. Without a doubt, the best part of my job is loving, caring for and connecting the women of Grace with each other.
The Women of Grace staff team isn’t complete without our two Do-ers. Amy and Beth keep track of the hundreds of details it takes to accomplish our ministry. Whether creating presentations, organizing leader trainings, meticulously tracking projects or proofreading materials, they remain fully present and available to the women at the drop of a hat. In addition to being capable, our do-ers are fun loving and creative. Amy’s artistic soul pours into creating a warm and friendly environment. Beth’s laugh is infectious and you’ll never find her frazzled by all the plates she helps us keep spinning.
Then we have our over 100 volunteers, who bring their unique perspective and gifts to enhance the Women of Grace. They are a mix of extroverts and introverts, thinkers and feelers, who in their everyday lives are everything from scientists to teachers to medical professionals to community organizers.
As different as the Women of Grace are, we all HOPE for the same thing.
We want to know who God is, better understand who we are, and figure out how to partner with God in His redemptive work in our families, our community, our workplaces and our world.
Dreamers, do-ters and doers. The Women of Grace think and look vastly different. But don’t be mistaken, our hearts beat as one with the longing to become a community that extends the love of God.
As our sisters in Rwanda would say: Kunda Imana. Mukundane. Love God. Love One Another.
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The Women of Grace staff team isnâ€™t complete without our two Do-ers. Amy and Beth keep track of the hundreds of details it takes to accomplish our ministry.
Posted by Annabel on April 2, 2016 @ 7:11 am