Darlene Crabtree has been serving since June, 2016 at the Los Angeles distribution center as the Administrative Assistant to the West region.
Darlene is known for her cheerful disposition, and tender loving care for all plant life. We’ve enjoyed getting to know her over the past year, and think you will too!
What does a typical work day look like for you?
When I first started, I was helping the operations team with inventory for “Gifts In Kind,” and then spent some time training our newest Receiving Assistant. Shortly after, I helped with the volunteer program and helped our newest Volunteer Coordinator transition into her role. Now, I’m figuring out how I can best support our directors in the West region, which has looked different every day so far.
What has been your biggest joy while working at Children’s Hunger Fund?
The opportunity to get to know the hearts of our staff. I am regularly encouraged by the love for Christ my colleagues demonstrate in their work, conversations, and care for one another.
Tell us about a time when you thought, “THAT is why I work here.”
I went through the Rethink Mercy training that our Mercy Network churches participate in and was so impressed with the curriculum and delivery of the material. It was saturated with biblical truth and constant reminders that the motivation for the work we do is the revelation of the glories of the gospel.
What was your childhood nickname?
My family called me Nini which was a short version of Darlene-y.
Why do YOU deliver hope to suffering children?
I want to deliver hope to suffering children because, in God’s kindness, someone delivered hope to me, even when I didn’t think I needed it. I praise God for the saints He brought my way and how He used them to affectionately bring me to Himself. These saints have brought relief in many ways: physical, emotional, spiritual, etc. What a privilege to do the same for others! It is truly by God’s grace that I get to look forward to eternity and experience the richness of this life in light of the gospel.
If you could tell a child in crisis one thing, what would you say?
I’m reminded of a sermon by John Piper in which he reminds people that our affliction on this earth is momentary and light in comparison to eternity, yet totally meaningful in the path to obedience. He exhorts not to look to what is seen but to hope in the eternal weight of glory that is being produced because of the saving work of Christ. I’d want to communicate that in gentleness, not taking for granted the lot our Lord prescribes to each one of us.
How could we be praying for you or your family?
Please pray for clarity in the coming years for my husband and me. He is currently in seminary and we’re looking forward to whatever ministry the Lord has for us in the future.