Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Diehl
How long have you worked at Bethesda Mission and in what role(s)?
I worked for the Women’s Mission as a House Supervisor for a small amount of time during college, then moved over to the Community Center, where I have worked the past 2 years as the Teen Program Coordinator (our 8th through 12th grade students).
What were you doing before Bethesda?
Before Bethesda, I attended Lancaster Bible College for a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I loved their program, and during my last year of school there, I did my social work internship with the Youth (now called Community) Center, which eventually transitioned into my current position there.
What inspires you/motivates you to come to work each morning?
The joy and laughter that fills this place is like none other. Being at the Community Center brings me a type of joy that I have not experienced anywhere else. Some of the kids who come here call this their “second family”; that pretty well describes my feelings for the staff and the kids, too. It’s the best feeling in the world to get to spend each day with people who are excited to see you, hug you, laugh with you, share stories, and most importantly, walk alongside each other through all of life’s ups and downs. It’s been great to have talks with students at some of their lowest points, and see how those moments of teaching have driven a lot of them to better themselves, and in the best cases, have caused them to find a relationship with Jesus. How could I not want to be a part of that?
Tell us a little about your family.
I have the greatest mom and dad in the whole world (that is fact, in my mind) and an amazing younger brother who is 21 and never fails to make my day brighter. I also have been married for 2 years. (Yes, I worked at the Community Center for about 2 weeks and then left to get married, about 5 weeks after graduating college. In a matter of 6 weeks my name, address, employment, level of education, family, etc. changed…. Never ever again will I do that. Who does these things?). My husband’s name is Nathan (“means gift from God”), and he is just that: he is amazing, and never fails to love me with a godly patience and kindness. He truly lives out loving his wife as Christ loves the church and gives himself up for her.
What’s your favorite book?
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The kids call me grandma for this, but, crocheting is one of my favorite things to do!
A meaningful Bible verse to you?
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
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