Daily Depending on Christ: Meet Stephanie!

Our junior interns are those interns who joined our team in July and so are just in their first six months of the internship. After they complete six months, they step into the role of senior intern. Right now, our junior interns are half way through their first six months of the internship! They are growing more confident in their role on the Vison of Hope team, and they are a blessing to us. Today, meet our only mid-west junior intern.

My name is Stephanie and I am from a wonderful family of four. My Dad came to know the Lord around the age of nineteen and my Mom when she was ten. They lovingly taught my brother and I in the Lord and have modeled Christ well for us. We are truly blessed! We are from Ohio. My Dad is an electronic technician, my Mom is a teacher, and my brother is a pastor out in San Diego, California. I went to Clarks Summit University and received my B.S.C in December 2017. After that, I was a substitute teach for a bit and then worked at the golf course for the third summer in a row.

I was saved at the age of four after I asked my parents how I could be saved one Saturday morning. They told me how I was a sinner in need of a Savior, showed me some passages and I realized my need for Jesus, believed that He died, was buried, rose again and wanted to go to Heaven. God sovereignly brought a trial into my life where I started doubting my salvation. Through this, God has drawn me closer to Him and I can now help others because of all the things He has taught me. I enjoy singing, painting, longboarding, playing the ukulele, hanging out with people, and helping people.

How did you hear about the VOH internship? What are you hoping to learn this year?

I forget when I first heard of Vision of Hope, but in the summer of 2017, a lady from my church told me about this internship. I checked out the website. Later, in January of 2018, I checked the website out a little more. I was interested in coming here because I felt the Lord leading me to come here and I love to help people. I am excited to learn how to help others better and how to love others more with the love of Christ. He is showing me how much I need Him everyday!

If you were in charge of an activity for the residents, what would you organize?

If I were to plan a fun event for the residents, I think I would plan to go apple picking with them so we could then come back and make my dad’s homemade apple pie together! I think this would be fun to get out and do that and then also to come back and have fun making something out of what we got. I have enjoyed the fall time with my family and it would be great to experience some of my memories with the residents. I think it may be something they would enjoy!

Even though Stephanie has been here three months now and is settling into her internship and her daily responsibilities, we hope she is continuing to see her daily need for our Savior. We are thankful she’s seeking to love our residents and staff with the love of Christ!

Jennifer Cantu
Jennifer Cantu works as a counselor and Shift Supervisor at Vision of Hope. She received her biblical counseling certification from ACBC in 2014. In addition to working at VOH, Jennifer counsels women through Faith Church’s counseling ministry. She is very thankful for ministry opportunities to help, teach and encourage women with God's Word.