Bethesda News

Moving Toward a Brighter Future

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5–6).

Because of your support, men, women, and children have had their lives completely changed. The barriers to recovery (isolation, fear, and doubt) are destroyed, and lives are restored by the grace of God. One such woman who experienced this total-life transformation through your generosity is Jennina.

We shared Jennina’s story of coming to the Mission last November. You can read it here. Before she arrived, she was living in her car and waiting for an upcoming surgery to remove a tumor on her thyroid. Now, she is a Women’s Mission graduate, living in an apartment and overcoming new challenges every day.

When I asked Jennina how she has seen God working in her life, she responded with this wonderful story of providence:

“I toured a third-story apartment on Front Street. While I instantly connected with the landlady, I didn’t like the apartment itself. I think she could tell, and she asked me if I was looking for something on the first floor with a porch. I took that as confirmation that this was part of God’s plan because that is exactly what I was looking for.”

When Jennina arrived, several potential renters were already touring it. Thinking she couldn’t compete with them, she left dejectedly without even going inside. Later that night, Jennina felt convicted by the Spirit to reach out, and she contacted the landlady to see if she could have another opportunity.

“She just gave me a time to come,” Jennina recalled. “I thought she was mad that I didn’t follow through last time, but I showed up and looked around.”

Jennina liked it significantly more than the first one. The landlady had her complete some preliminary paperwork, but Jennina still didn’t believe she had a chance. On December 23, she received notice that the apartment was hers.

“The way everything happened was so unexpected,” Jennina said. “There were still some things I wanted to do before I left the Mission. I let God handle [this process], and He said, ‘You’re ready for that next step even if you don’t feel like it. Lean not on your own understanding.’”

During the move-in process, Jennina was blessed with furniture from one of our partner organizations, New Digs Ministry. Her counselor, Victoria, helped her get settled and develop a budget.

Jennina is currently studying to pass the TEAS nursing exam. She was recently awarded another scholarship from Soroptimist International of Harrisburg.

She has reconnected with her kids (Nicole, Jerome, and Joenell) and with the Prison Society to help improve conditions for current inmates (she once worked as a correctional officer for Dauphin County). She is also learning to swim under the guidance of one of our guests.

“[Bethesda] takes the burdens off so you can heal,” Jennina concluded. “It was a lifesaver. This is what the Mission is about: helping [you] and letting you find yourself in Christ. Everything is from God. It’s a blessing.”

Jennina has her final medical check-up relating to the tumor this month. Please pray that this test is also clean.

Your contributions (prayerful, volunteering, and financial) make a tangible impact in the lives of those in need. Please consider how you can continue to make a difference for others like Jennina.

May God bless you this month and always.



Scott Dunwoody
Executive Director

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