Meet your staff: Anna Devasthali, Sarah Richards and Laura Hochstetler

Editor’s note: This information was published in the September 2019 issue of Heartfelt Magazine, CHM’s monthly magazine that provides CHM membership-related tips and tricks, medical advice from doctors, testimonies from CHM members, and more. Please refer to the CHM Guidelines and applicable web pages for the most up-to-date information regarding CHM membership, sharing eligibility, and ministry news.

Anna Devasthali works in CHM’s Member Assistance dept., where she answers questions about the ministry and makes changes to members’ accounts. Sarah Richards works in Member Bill Processing and authorizes medical bills according to the CHM Guidelines. Laura Hochstetler is in the Member Records dept., where she receives, sorts, and prepares medical bills to be authorized for sharing.

Anna Devasthali

What’s your favorite Bible verse? Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” This verse is my strength when I feel weak, anxious or down. If I seek Jesus and trust Him, He will give me the strength and peace I need.

What’s your favorite movie? I love Disney movies. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King are my favorites.

What makes you most grateful? I am most grateful for my husband and the life we share together! God has blessed our marriage in many ways. My husband is the hardest working man I know, a great leader and shows his love for me every day.

Sarah Richards

How do you hope to make a difference at CHM? Medical expenses can be stressful, and I want to support and encourage our members through the tough times in their lives. My goal is to make the sharing process as easy as possible. I want to make life a little easier for our members as they go through whatever trials they’re facing.

What’s the most essential part of a friendship? Trust is the foundation of a relationship. I strongly believe that you have to know that your friend has your best interest in mind and will be there for you. Once that trust is established, you can deepen and develop the friendship.

What is your most irrational fear? Elevators. I have never liked them. Once when I was Christmas caroling with my church friends, we piled the entire group into an elevator and got stuck. We were in there about a half hour before they were able to get the doors pried open. I now take the stairs every chance I get!

Laura Hochstetler

What is something you’d like CHM members to know? I’m happy to be serving God through this ministry. I’m doing something for our members that’s worthwhile and honoring my Lord. With that knowledge, it’s very rewarding to work here.

What household chore do you most despise? I don’t care for sweeping. My husband and I have pets and so it’s a daily chore. It feels like drudgery to do the same thing in the same rooms every single day.

What’s the best road trip you’ve been on? We went on vacation to Holden Beach, N.C., with my sisters and their families along with my mom. We sat on the porch and drank coffee and talked as we watched the ocean. It was an amazing and relaxing time.

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