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.
And the award goes to...
This month we celebrated that the Department of Corrections named our own Rhonda Bear the DOC "Volunteer of the Year"! Since she was released from prison, Rhonda has walked back through those doors countless times because of her passion for women and the children of incarcerated parents. Her years of committed service have reunited hundreds of families and built countless legacies of hope.
We also celebrated our friends at Prison Fellowship for being named "Volunteer Organization of the Year". Your commitment to true freedom has changed so many lives.
New to the Toolkit
We have learned a lot from Under His Wings in Durant, Oklahoma about meeting the practical need of providing meals for widows. With their help and direction, we were able to add a new "best practice" to our Stand in the Gap for Widows ministry toolkit: Freezer Meals! This means that every one of our partner organizations now has access to the amazing system (and recipes!) that Under His Wings created to provide nutritious, tasty meals to the widows in their community.
God is in the Details
Kelsie had to wait a while for us to recruit and train volunteers for her Stand in the Gap small group. But this month, Shannon and Kathy came around her. Our Program Director, Rhonda Bear, says this team has so much in common that it can't be a coincidence. They will be strong supporters for Kelsie while she works to maintain recovery and rebuild her relationship with her children. We can already tell, this team will be worth the wait.
It was spring break, so the party was smaller than usual, but we got to celebrate seven years with Karen this month! Officially, Karen is our Office Administrator. But she's so much more than that! Karen is the one you can count on to get things done, to challenge herself to learn new things, and to pray like a prayer warrior! She's one of the reasons that Stand in the Gap is a great place to work. If you would like to work with Karen, head to Facebook to see a couple Stand in the Gap job openings!