If you are a parent of a student in grades TK-6th grade and use GRACE’s After Care program, you already know how blessed GRACE is to have Diane Dupre on staff. Diane was born and raised in Rochester, New York and first became acquainted with GRACE as a grandparent. When the opportunity to become GRACE’s After Care Director, she was excited to experience the GRACE community from a different perspective. She is grateful to have the opportunity of seeing her own grandchildren (Matthew, Sophia, and James) on campus and to work in the same place as her daughter, Lisa. One of her joys is meeting and interacting with so many kids and seeing them grow up into lovely young men and women. She loves the sense of community and the wonderful friendships she has formed over her years at GRACE.
In sharing a memory from her own school days, it was easy for Diane to recall the most memorable moment which occurred on November 22, 1963. On this day, 12-year-old Diane was walking home from school with friends when they were told that President John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. For the next several days, schools were closed as the country reeled from this terrible event in history and mourned the loss of the President.
Diane shared another, more personal event that made a profound impact on her as a Christian. In 1992, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Diane traveled with a team of Americans to a remote city along the Ob River in western Siberia. Their mission was to share the gospel with children in schools and orphanages, factory workers, hospital workers and those who had been denied the opportunity, under the communist regime, to hear about Jesus and His offer of salvation. Diane shares that it was a great blessing to worship with families who had been forced to meet secretly for years in “underground” churches. It was an honor, and extremely humbling, to meet and pray with pastors and believers who had been tortured and persecuted, but had refused to denounce their faith in Christ.
Along with her fellow missionaries, Diane hand-delivered the Book of Life (the Gospel translated into the Russian language) to thousands of school children, factory workers and anyone else who expressed interest. In the evenings, during their evangelistic crusades, thousands heard the good news and accepted Christ as their Savior! Diane describes her time in Russia as harrowing, beautifully rewarding, and life changing. From this experience comes her advice to all young people, “Thank God every day for the freedom to worship our Lord openly and freely. Don’t ever take that for granted.”
Diane accepted Jesus as her Savior during the summer of 1984 and affirms that He utterly and completely transformed her. Coming of age in the 70’s without the influence of the gospel, it’s not surprising to hear that Diane was once a rebellious hippy who met her husband, then a young blues guitarist, at the local community college. They fell in love and married shortly thereafter.
The greatest joy in Diane’s life is knowing that her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren know and serve the Lord – a living testimony to one of her favorite verses, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 4).