In an increasingly unstable world, 

hope is still the most important thing.

This month, we are sharing some of our “hope highlights” from the last 4 weeks. 
May these short stories bring you hope.

The Gift of Being Remembered

Our Widows Program Director, JoLeta Nash, received funding from her daughter's life insurance company, Thrivent, to assemble and deliver bags of Christmas joy to 30 widows on December 12. The two drove 125 miles making their deliveries! JoLeta called it "a very emotional day" because of how touched the women were that someone was thinking about them. What a great reminder to seek out and love on the widow this season!

JoLeta

We Know Thanksgiving Was Last Month...

But, we didn’t get the chance to share Dustie’s feature story on our local CBS news. This year, Dustie celebrated her second Thanksgiving outside of prison walls in 20 years. And it was even more special to share the day with her precious baby boy. Watch her feature story here.

Remember Connie?!

“I thought, 'Is there hope for someone like me?' I’m in my 50s. [The corrections system] said I was a habitual criminal; that I would never be able to change. And I believed that, I really did.
But Rhonda (Stand in the Gap’s Women in Transition Program Director) gave me some hope. I started to dream. I didn’t know if I was allowed to dream because that wasn’t something I was raised with: to have goals, or ambitions, or to dream.”
Connie is a Women in Transition Graduate. She recently gave us an update on her life and wanted to share some good news. “God is still restoring. I found my mother and sister. NO more mugs shots for my family. God is restoring my family because you gave me hope. Just as you gave me hope, I want to let others know that God’s timing is everything!”

Celebrating the Next Chapter

Life Launch Team Noah celebrated his graduation from the program this month! Noah got his GED and is beginning his Graphic Arts degree. Hayden Coffee, OKC Life Launch Program Manager, says, "We are so proud of the way that Noah met his goals and is becoming who he is made to be. There were many successes along the way and we are excited to see his relationships continue to thrive and flourish in the future! Way to go mentors and Noah for an incredible year."

LL Team Noah
Cherish WIT Team

A New Family

Shannon, Jenny, and Margie formed a new Stand in the Gap small group around Cherish! Cherish has graduated from our Women in Transition course in prison and through First Step. She says, "This is a perfect group"
That's what we love to hear!

The Best News of All

And of course, this month we celebrate the most hopeful news of all time, that Christ is born and we are saved. We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas. "Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79

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