Safe to say, this has been a year like no other. In September our staff and Board began to re-imagine our annual fall gatherings in light of COVID-19. “Losing” this event was scary to us for several reasons: 1) We raise 50% of our budget in the last quarter of every year and these events make a big impact on our bottom line, enabling us to connect people in need with people who care. 2) Even in a “normal” year, it’s rare that we get to see your faces. These events help us stay connected to and inspired by the people who make Stand in the Gap happen (you!).
But we had to weigh public safety over either of these event benefits and made the tough decision to go virtual. In spite of all the bad news we’ve all gotten this year, at Stand in the Gap, we’ve also heard some awesome-ly great God stories. We knew that’s what we wanted to share with you. Hope truly changes the lives of the people we serve and it changes our perspectives and behaviors too.
To those of you who made financial contributions to Stand in the Gap, thank you. Your gifts will have a lasting impact on orphans, widows and prisoners. And in this time of such uncertainty, you gave us hope too.
This year, we’ve all experienced how much we need relationships. Your financial gifts ensure that the most vulnerable in our society will have access to safe, empathetic, life-changing relationships. You have helped address the loneliness and isolation that so many orphans, widows, and prisoners feel during this time. Your gift is and will continue to bring hope.