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.
We all know life is not a straight linear line steadily tracking upward. No, instead life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, backward and forward.
Dusty's journey has had obstacles, but she has persevered and is now living a completely different life than she was before.
Dusty went through His House Outreach four times, had two Stand in the Gap small groups, an unexpected pregnancy & many other setbacks.
She started going to prison at age 18 and after multiple incarcerations over a 20 year period - she finally surrendered to God and committed to the process.
Today, she leads a spiritual family for a woman she was in prison with, starts her first semester of college at Rogers State University, and is a full-time mom to a precious 18-month-old boy.
Now that is transformation! We are excited to continue to see all that God has for Dusty as she continues through our Stand in the Gap Women in Transition program this year 💜
NEW LL Team in Tulsa
We launched a new Life Launch team in Tulsa this month!
This means a young adult was paired with a small group of volunteer mentors. Both the mentee and the mentors agree to meet twice a month for one year.
This new Life Launch group met at a local coffee shop and had a great conversation about life, fun hobbies, goals of ours, our families, and where we are heading.
"I am looking forward to seeing this group grow together and making good memories over the next year," Alicia, Life Launch Program Manager says.
No Widow Alone
When a recently widowed lady was having a rough day in her journey, she began Googling and researching programs in her area and came across our Stand in the Gap Facebook post where we announced a new group starting in Claremore, Oklahoma - can you believe it?!
She reached out to us and connected with Stand in the Gap Widow Program Director Amy. The two widows had an instant connection over the phone. This allowed Amy to spend time with her as the recently widowed lady shared her story. Then Amy not only had the opportunity to pray with her, but also connect her with Kerry who leads the widows' group in Claremore.
Kerry took her to lunch the next day and now she is attending Kerry's small group and is no longer walking this journey alone!
"I did it!!"
The Power of Prayer
Even though the group is not able to meet in person right now, his mentors, along with many of our other mentors, continue to stay in touch, check-in, pray, encourage, support, follow up and love on their mentees.
We are thankful for the power of prayer and for the technology 📱 that allows us to stay connected.
Through the waves of COVID, our teams do their best to stay committed, but it has been a tough year. We are so grateful for those who are able to make it work - and do life with our Women in Transition program participants.
Have you heard? Stand in the Gap's Widow Program is growing! Our goal is to help the local church serve the widows in their communities across the nation. This is a quick look at the newest church partners joining our No Widow Alone movement!