“Because I was involved in the CCO’s ministry during college, I learned that any talent that I have can be used for God’s purposes, even if it seems insignificant or not useful,” says Katie Steinour. “I have grown as a leader and am able to more purposefully understand and study the Bible.”
Katie’s freshman year at Juniata College was also CCO staff member Lindsay Reedy’s first year on campus. “I started attending her Bible study that year, and I continued attending Bible studies during my four years at Juniata,” Katie remembers. “I was looking for Christian fellowship group, and when I met Lindsay, she invited me to a Bible study that she was starting. By my last semester of college, I was co-leading a Bible study with a good friend, and Lindsay was mentoring us.”
Katie graduated in 2011 and now works as an administrative assistant for Haiti Bible Mission, and as a lab technician with AllPure Technologies, Inc. She credits Lindsay with encouraging her to follow God’s lead in all areas of her life, including her vocational pursuits.
“When I attended Jubilee during my sophomore year, I went to a breakout session about the Good Samaritan and how God can use any gifts that we have, even if they do not seem ‘important.’ I still remember this session and I think it helped me to realize how my gifts could be used to serve God in many ways.”
In addition to her work in the lab and with the Haiti Bible Mission, Katie is very involved in Providence Community Church, where she serves on the media team and participates in a women’s Bible study.
“I became a better Christian and leader through my involvement with CCO,” Katie says. “Without Lindsay’s encouragement, I never would have thought to help lead a Bible study. When I told Lindsay that I may want to work for Haiti Bible Mission, she helped me figure it out. She encouraged me to follow God’s lead into the unknown and a job that was unrelated to my biology major. Thanks to Lindsay, I am a better equipped leader today.”