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.
Some of our small groups are starting to get back together! Team Brianna had a lot to catch up on! They started meeting before her son was born.
"She made me feel self worth."
Cassandra recorded a lovely tribute to her Women in Transition experience and her relationship with Program Manager, Kathy Peacock. One of our favorite quotes… “I’m very grateful to have gone through the Women in Transition class and have met Kathy Peacock. She made me feel self worth and confidence in my relationship with the Lord and stand up for what he wants for my life. I don’t live in my past any more. My today is what I have and my future is what I’m striving for.” Click to watch the full (blurry but beautiful) video.
Our Stand in the Gap for Widows Program Director, Glenda Love, is dedicating her efforts to updating the toolkit that we provide to our partner churches. The new toolkit will reflect the best practices she's implemented over the last several years and be available online. Click here to support the new and improved toolkit!
Back and Better Than Ever!
Sara participated in our Women in Transition program once before. But struggles led her away. She has returned, and Program Director, Rhonda Bear, says, "she returned humble and ready to surrender to Jesus Christ." Today, Sara is thriving. She is growing with her Stand in the Gap small group, promoted to management at McDonald's, passed her driver's test, and was blessed with a donated car!
"Beautiful, Worthy, Worth It Women"
Cindy recorded a heartfelt message to incarcerated women. Her message? Why our Women in Transition class matters. She says, "When you finish the class, you feel like you've actually finished something. When she puts that certificate in your hands, it means something to you because you know that you are a better person because of it." And "If you want to get out of prison, and you want to do it the right way and not come back, this is the class you want to take." Click to watch her full (awesome) message.
Together Again (x2)
Sophia, a Women in Transition graduate, is now serving as a volunteer in another Women in Transition small group. She posted to Facebook the other night celebrating being back together with her Stand in the Gap family after months of social distancing!
You're Still Investing
Last month, we shared a list of projects that we are working on. Donors gave to sponsor our Program Manager check-ins with small groups, to create a facilitator guide for our Women in Transition course, and more. If you'd like an update on the projects we are pursuing to keep connecting people in need with people who care, click here. We appreciate the support in these uncertain times!
The Zarrow Foundation has established a Commemoration Fund to honor the memory of the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Our own Glenda Love (SITG for Widows Program Director) will serve on the inaugural advisory board. We are grateful for this recognition of our city's history and investment in our community. Click to read more about the Commemoration Fund.
Elie has been on a Life Launch team for a little more than a year. Her team has helped her and encouraged her during the ups and downs of getting and keeping a job. Her team has really been able to encourage her to keep looking for work and coaching her on interview and work place skills. Now Elie works full-time and is doing great. She and her husband were able to buy a bigger apartment just in time to welcome their second son!