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5/27/17

Courtney Coulter

“I was someone who was very much trying to do life on my own,” Courtney said. “I highly encourage everyone to have a mentor. Seek someone who can speak truth into your life.”

Courtney Coulter experienced the value of mentoring as a resident assistant in college. She now works as a social worker in a Minnesota school district. When Courtney returned to Hudson after college and made the decision to enter a graduate school program in Minneapolis, she also knew that she would need a mentor to come alongside her. 

Courtney prayed about her desire for a mentor and then asked DJ Porter, to be her mentor. Courtney has attended FCC since elementary school and became acquainted with DJ through babysitting the Porter children.

“DJ kept coming to mind, and I reached out and asked her,” Courtney said.

Courtney and DJ meet in person about once a month, where they spend time in the Bible and discuss what’s happened since their last time together. They text or email often, too. They pray for each other, check in on what’s happening in their lives and discuss how they see God at work.

“DJ challenges me and points me to the Lord and reminds me of his truths,” Courtney said.

DJ also sometimes shares books or things to consider, which they discuss the next time they get together. DJ has also helped Courtney to be disciplined in her faith through prayer and quiet time.

“DJ offers a constant reminder to go back to the Lord, and I need that,” Courtney added.

Courtney also mentors a young woman who she met as a resident assistant in college.

“It’s humbling,” Courtney said. “It’s a gift to know that someone else wants to learn from me.”

Her mentoring relationship is modeled after her relationship with DJ, as she gives her mentee things to think about and pray about when they meet in person, and checks in with her through texting, calls or email.

“I can offer how the Lord has taught me and brought me through things,” Courtney said. “I ask questions and help her go deeper.”

According to Courtney, one of the major things she’s learned through mentoring relationships is knowing how important it is to have community. Learning to be vulnerable has helped her personally and has also helped her in encouraging her mentee.

“I was someone who was very much trying to do life on my own,” Courtney said. “I highly encourage everyone to have a mentor. Seek someone who can speak truth into your life.”

First published in the summer 2017 edition of "FAITH Hudson" magazine, a publication of Faith Community Church.

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