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Staff Spotlight: Janet Claes

How long have you been with the ministry?

I started part-time/seasonal in 1991.

What do you do for Hour of Power/Shepherd’s Grove?

Payroll.

How did God bring you to the ministry?

Through an agency when I was looking for a job.

What is your favorite part about working here?

The people I work with.

Do you have an impactful story to share from your job?

I was looking for a job in 1991, I had a choice to work for Knott’s Berry Farm of Crystal Cathedral, I really wanted to work for Knott’s since it was close to my house and I liked Knott’s Berry Farm. But God had other plans for me.

I started working at the phone center for the Glory of Christmas at the Cathedral. I was seasonal, and since I was pregnant, it worked out well for me. I was called back for the Glory of Easter in 1992. Obviously, God knew I needed to be at the Crystal Cathedral because I lost my first child in June of 1992. I went back to work at the Cathedral for the Glory of Christmas the following year, and I became pregnant again and again lost my second child in September of 1993. Again, God had a plan for me being at the Crystal Cathedral in this time of my life. Both my pregnancies were stillborn. I was approximately 10 days away from my due date on both. I worked seasonally for the Glories for a few years. When I thought I was ready to try again to have a child, I didn’t know, but I was already pregnant and was able to find an amazing doctor who dealt with high-risk pregnancies.

Working here was God’s plan for me. God knew that if it wasn’t for His love and the people that I have worked with over the years, I might not have been able to handle the loss of my two babies.

God gave me the most wonderful gift when the time was right: I have an amazing husband, this beautiful daughter, and now, an awesome grandson. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than the family that God has given me. I am truly blessed.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Photography, crafts, and spending time with family.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Hunter Green

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