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.
This month, we got back into Oklahoma County Jail and Oklahoma Community Correctional Center to teach our Women in Transition class. We are now back in every facility that we were in before COVID. It has been a TOUGH year for women behind prison/jail walls. We'd appreciate your prayers as we go back in to share hope with women who have been especially isolated and vulnerable for the last 15 months.
Reunited and It Feels So Good
This month, Cherish got to celebrate reunification with her children. Reuniting families that have been separated by generational cycles of addiction and/or incarceration is one of the primary reasons our Women in Transition program exists. We are passionate about helping mothers get healthy so they can be the parents they always wanted to be for their kids, break the cycle, and create a legacy of hope!
Lemonade and Laughter
Our partner organization, Balcony Women, hosted their beautiful annual summer event for widows at Asbury United Methodist Church this month. It's always such a powerful (and fun!) moment when a widow walks into the room and see hundreds of other widows. For so many, it's one of the only reminders that they aren't on this grief journey alone. Such a beautiful night and opportunity to laugh, chat, and cry (happy tears) with other women who totally understand.
From Prison to VBS
Alisha volunteered with our Rhonda Bear at Vacation Bible School this month. And Alisha's son Maddox attended. We celebrate how far this mom and son have come and can't wait to see what God has in store for their lives.
Happy Birthday (to a lot of us)!!
It’s July! Which is apparently birthday month at Stand in the Gap! We celebrated TJ Warren’s, Alicia Keathley’s, Shaunte Gordon’s, and Rhonda Bear’s birthdays this month! On a staff of 12, that’s a huge percentage of us getting one year older! It’s a joy to work on this team and we loved celebrating each of these people on their special days.
New Team, New Territory
Branch 15 is one of our longtime partners in the Women in Transition program. We love working with women in their transitional living homes in the Oklahoma City area. They recently expanded by opening their first home in Clinton, OK and they invited us to join them there! This month, we celebrated our first Stand in the Gap small group around one of the women in their new Clinton home! We look forward to seeing what God does in this new territory and through Team Faith! (PS, How appropriate is her name?!)
We've made several requests for volunteers for our Life Launch program because we have young adults waiting to be matched with small groups. You responded! This month, we launched four new Life Launch teams. One of the teams is surrounding a young woman whose mom is an active participant in our Women in Transition program. Talk about a legacy of hope!!
In Their Words...
Two separate small group volunteers said sweet things about their teams this month. "You want to be a big sister? A little time makes a big difference in our ladies lives! A little sharing a lot of laughs and of course some first time fun 😬😀🤪" And, "One thing I love about SITG - It becomes scheduled times with friends.❤️" THIS is what it's all about.