Written By Danielle Charbonneau Public Relations Intern
We have amazing staff here at the Mission! Unfortunately, being such a large organization with multiple locations and many departments makes it difficult to know each other as well as we would like. In an effort to recognize our staff and their incredible testimonies, dreams, talents and quirks, we started a spotlight section in March to highlight one staff member a month.
This month’s spotlight is on Robbin Brown (Education Coordinator at Champa House) — a pastor’s daughter, a pastor’s wife, a former Mission intern, a mother of one and an upstanding role model for women living at Champa.
1) Tell me about your journey getting to the Mission.
Meet Robbin and her baby girl, Clara.
I am a Colorado native and have always known about Denver Rescue Mission. When I was 11 years old I went on a mission trip to inner-city Chicago and knew that God was calling me to be in inner-city ministry in some way.
In College I did an internship with Denver Rescue Mission and fell in love with the mission:”changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need, with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.”
I was hoping to get hired after completing my internship, but there were no positions available, so I went on my way. I consistently checked the Mission’s website to see if any positions were open, so was thrilled when I was finally hired on as the Education Coordinator at Champa in 2010.
2) What are a few of the defining moments in your life (or your best memory/memories)?
- Going on my first mission trip to inner-city Chicago — this is where I really experienced God for the first time and knew He had a calling on my life.
- Watching my grandfather go through the disease of Alzheimer’s and learning that when God says He “works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose,” he means ALL things.
- Marrying my husband, Jakob, in 2009 and having my daughter Clara. Becoming a mom is by far the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. She is just a little over a year now. It has been the greatest year of my life.
3) Tell me about your family & upbringing.
I am a pastor’s daughter. For some this means a tough upbringing, but I am incredibly blessed to have been raised in the home I was. I saw the good, bad and ugly of ministry, but despite that, saw the truth of who Jesus Christ is — for that I am truly grateful!
Now I’m a pastor’s wife. You think I would have learned my lesson :). My husband is a youth pastor at Discovery Church in Broomfield, CO. We have Clara, who is full of spunk and personality, and also have an energetic dog named Hazel.
4) Why do you think God has you in the role that you’re in at the Mission?
This is a great question to think about! I feel like I have learned so much in my three years in this role, but most of the lessons I’ve learned have happened in the last year (since I became a mother).
With no support, or all the support in the world, it is hard to be a mom sometimes. This has given me a completely new perspective on the women that I have the privilege to serve at Champa House. I am so blessed to have people in my life who support me and remind me — even when I don’t feel like it — that I am a good mother and that with God I can be an even better one.
I think that is one reason that God has me in this role: I am here to remind these women that no matter where they have come from, what they have done or what has been done to them, they can, right now, today, in this moment, choose to be great mothers. God has created them with all they need to do that. Through him and with His strength they will become the exact mothers He created them to be. I think God has put me in this role first to teach me, and second to use what he teaches me to encourage the women of Champa House.
6) What are some things on your bucket list?
I hope to travel to Bolivia some day and visit where my mother grew up and my grandparents were missionaries. I want to have a pet pig and name her Petunia, and I would love to ride in a hot air balloon!
7) Anything else quirky/eccentric about you?
- A vanilla latte can always make any situation better.
- I use smiley faces way too much to express my joy or excitement in emails and texts!
- Mice terrify me! They are evil little creatures and there is no convincing me otherwise :).