“It’s out here that acceptance, love and care, talking in confidence happens. That thrills me, when I can help someone see a situation in a different way. When someone says to me, “Lets go for a hike,” I just love that! That fills my cup.” -Scotti Steip
Recently I had the pleasure of hiking with Scotti Steip. Scotti connects with women by inviting them on a hike and engaging in conversation. If you haven’t been hiking with Scotti yet, be ready. Because, in her words, she is an initiator and it’s only a matter of time before she finds you and invites you to join her.
I began our “interview” by asking Scotti how many people she would say she disciples? Scotti felt that putting a number on it was hard to do. Years ago when a friend mentioned that she was being discipled Scotti thought, “Who is she being discipled by?” Then the friend said, “Scotti, it’s you!” This is such a good example that we can be discipling someone and not even know that’s what we are doing. How Scotti disciples is certainly organic in nature. She knows that God has given her the gift of encouragement, and she loves to pour into women as led by God. There is no formula for this, but there does have to be a desire for not just Scotti but also the other person she invites out. Scotti recognizes that not all connections will form into a deeper connection, those connections really have to come from God, she is the initiator of getting together and asking women to come for a hike, but recognizes that not everyone will take her up on her invitation and she trusts the Lord to connect her to those that He wants her to love on and pour into.
Scotti shared that she loves relationships with younger women; she was a Mentor Mom in Moms Inc. for seven years and has been involved with younger women in different ways over the years. Before Scotti’s son and daughter-in-law were married, Scotti met Jenn in a Bible study. Scotti asked her out for lunch, lunch turned into a book study, which turned into Jenn being invited to Scotti’s home for dinner and other family activities. She invited her to do life with her. Inviting her into her life – a natural way of discipling. “ I know that God has placed me in this area, being around younger women and this is a desire of mine to meet with them and pour into them.”
I asked Scotti if she could remember or tell me who she feels she has been discipled by. She shared that she doesn’t feel that she had someone older in her life although she always wanted that, but that she sees her peers, the women in leadership that she serves with as being women that she also receives so much from. In Scotti’s words “So if I were to say who is and has discipled me I am discipled by Suzie Lind through her teaching and leading, I am discipled by my dear sweet hiking buddy Linda Massey. She and I mentor each other, and it is sweet how it goes back and forth. On our hikes, Linda and I have such deep, deep communion with God during that time. Prayer is an essential part of hiking.” Most often Scotti finds herself praying for the needs of the women she hikes with at the end of their hike.
For those of you out there that might love to connect over a latte or cup of tea, why hiking? Scotti shared that hiking in nature is her love; she has loved the outdoors since she was a little girl. “There is something about being out in nature. There is safety and freedom when you are on the trails with someone. Out here you are looking at Gods creation and you are exploring your lives together. I want people to feel safe with me. Confiding and sharing your heart with someone. I love that. I love to love up on people.”
Scotti’s life verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9 “ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
She shared that she knows she is a leaky vessel and needs to work on this every day, reminding herself that we are weak so we just have to rely on Gods grace every day. Scotti shared that sometimes she focuses on the gifts that God has given others and wishes that she had those gifts, speaking more eloquently or teaching this is where she says she can fall short, not looking at what God has given her. “I’m just discipling in my quiet way.”
Scotti is indeed a pursuer of people, my time with her lifted my spirit, reminded me of how God is so good and works in such amazing and awesome ways through each and everyone of us. Scotti may think she is discipling in a quiet way but here’s what I think; Scotti is investing precious and beautiful time into the lives of those that need to be loved on and although she sees it as a quiet way I think that sometimes the quiet we see can be loud and beautiful to the soul.