Profile: Rita Crowe

Each month we ask a member of Incedo a few simple questions and get them to share a clip/book/song/movie/artwork/website thatโ€™s caught their eye. This month we ask Rita Crowe the questions…



1. One thing you love that takes up your time regularly?
Work! Gosh I LOVE children, but all the children I care for are so privileged already and come from really loving, fortunate homes. I want to be mingling with lil refugee kids and young Mums with limited support – their kids. Just haven’t figured out how to do that yet and still be able to pay the bills. But we’re about to start fostering little ones, so I am crazy excited about that. Andy (my husband) and I are moving out into a rental place and there are heaps of kids that live on our little culdesac, so I can’t wait to get to know them and their familiess. ๐Ÿ™‚

(*Note: Andy and Rita have already moved and taken on two wee sisters.)

2. What do you think stops you from being fully human?
Ha, my lack of patience. I always thought I was a patient person till I met Andy. But compared to him, I think even Mother Theresa would have been considered a raging tempered lunatic! ๐Ÿ˜‰ BUT, I do lack patience, not even so much with people, just with the most stupid things, like if I can’t undo a knot….or can’t open something, does my head in, very quickly! I think I am also too independent.

3. If I could throw caution in the wind I would ……..
My dream job when I was little, was to be a ‘dream answerer’, to answer people’s dreams. I still want to kind of do that, but so much of people’s dreams comes down to money. I find myself in a catch 22 constantly, because crappy Auckland is so demanding, that we can’t afford to rent, without me working full time, but then I don’t have the TIME I want, to give to the people I want, to help or be relational with. So, I would have an endless pit of money, where I could bless people to get the training they need, to help support their families, or buy some of the refugee families I see, buy them blankets and fill their cupboards with nutritious food. I spend ages on that page Give a Little, and there are SO many people desperate for money for medical care, breaks my heart. I just want to help….If money had an ass, i’d kick it!

4. My ultimate dinner guest would be?
Jesus. This question was actually the hardest to answer. I’d ask Jesus for dinner, but as much as I’d want to have dinner with him, I’d give my seat to my niece. She’s 13. I think if she looked into Jesus’ eyes just once, she would know her worth and his love for her and never forget it and it would change her outlook on life and her image of herself entirely.

5. Something that would surprise you about me?
I’m scared of a majority of animals, anything that flies….(especially a bird stuck inside)….anything that creeps or can stick on a wall – I think cats and mice are my ultimate worst though – I’m sure it’s in the Bible somewhere that cats are the devils animal – If I had my own version, it would be anyway…..basically anything other than dogs (friendly ones) or (tame) horses! BUT, as a reward in heaven, if I’ve been a good enough girl, I’d ask Jesus if my job can be caring for the lions!!! I’ve also had like 17 operations, I’m a big ol’ mess, but that probably isn’t much of surprise, ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

6. Do you have abbs? (prove it!!!)
Was Hitler a nice person?

7. My top Jesus verse/story/quote?
Hmmm, my fave lyrics are from two different songs… ‘Break my heart for what breaks yours/Open up my eyes to the things unseen, show me how to love like you, have loved me’ – from the song Hosanna. Kinda my life motto those words!

Then one that gives me strength when I need it is ‘No weapon forged against me shall remain, I will rejoice, I will declare, God is my victory and he is near’ – from The Desert Song.

8. Please share a link or something that has caught your eye on the world wide web
I thought for ages and looked through all my saved links of faves, but this one has to be up there! I LOVE different cultures. I always thought I would end up in Africa somewhere – I had every intention of moving over there, single (no intention of getting married) and being surrounded by beautiful African children.

Maybe this video touches me so much cos I grieve a little that I am not there, but also smile from ear to ear looking at these kids, loving the music, loving the dance and loving looking at their perfect little faces and AMAZING dance moves! I don’t know what it is about African kids, but my heart breaks for them in some situations and explodes with love for them whether I’ve met them or not! Watch this vid, it’s too cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

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