Our wonderful Oak Hill Site Coordinator, Devin Miranda, took the time to tell us about her role at Side by Side Kids and her own relationship with Christ.
When did you begin following Christ?
My parents shared who God was with me at a young age, and I have believed in Him as long as I can remember, but high school was when I truly began to follow Christ. My life has truly been transformed! I think for so many people, there are seasons of push and pull with our relationship with God, and thankfully, His love and dedication towards us is not determinant of the love and dedication we give Him. I’m thankful that He is a God of great love and patience, which is why I think Side by Side Kids is so important. We teach our kids that there is a God who loves them and who is patient with them when they make mistakes. They learn that God wants the best for them in life and is there for them. I’ve seen the difference that affirmation has made in the lives of our students and their families.
Why did you want to work at SBSK?
I graduated college with a degree in Political Science because I dreamed of working as a legislative aide in D.C. However, I began to feel God pulling me in a very different direction. After a lot of prayer and guidance from mentors in my church, I saw a Site Coordinator position open for Side by Side Kids. Because I went to school in an underserved area of my community as a child, I knew the importance of empowerment and mentorship and the effect it had on my upbringing. Most importantly, I knew the life-giving encouragement that The Gospel gives us. Side by Side Kids is a non-profit that hits on each of these formative pillars.
For me, the question ended up not being “why” but “why not?” Why would I not want to serve a ministry that glorifies and serves God and the community in such an impactful way? Although it’s not the initial path I set for myself, it certainly emphasizes what Proverbs 16:9 says: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”