How did you learn about Stand In The Gap Ministries?
About 8 months after Jason passed away I found myself helping to lead the widows group at my church. I wasn’t expecting this to happen so quickly, yet something inside of me knew that I was supposed to help. I was being called to use what I went through to help others not only have a safe place to talk, but also provide a space to build community for those who did not and maybe still do not have what I was blessed to have.
Someone at my church knew about Stand In The Gap Ministries and then we had a meeting to discuss using the ToolKit for our widows group. Through this meeting, I was able to meet Amy and the SITGM team. I was impressed with what they had to offer and the resources and support that our group would receive as a result. So with the partnership of my church we began our working with SITG Widows in February of 2023.
What brought you to apply at Stand In The Gap Ministries and what gave you the desire to become part of the team?
I have been in education for 20+ years. I loved where I was working because it was where my community was and I loved my job. But over the last year the Lord began to do a work in my heart for widows in my community and beyond. I wasn’t sure what a job helping widows would look like, but He knew and He was working out a way behind the scenes for just the right time.
In mid-March of 2023 our Groups pastor as well as a friend met with SITGM to talk about mentorship and how to engage different church groups and members with the other areas of SITGM. From that meeting my two friends found out that SITGM Widows was hiring. My friends called me and told me to apply. At this point I was reluctant because I knew what to expect from my job and I loved the people I was around everyday. They were my people, my support, and most importantly they had become like family. So I prayed and through my prayers and talking with a couple of people I decided to have a conversation with Amy not really thinking it would lead anywhere. Well, I was wrong because a little over a week later I was accepting a position with Stand In The Gap Ministries for Widows. I was excited and I am still just as excited every day!
What is something that has surprised you since stepping into your role?
I knew that the Widow population in the US was underserved, however I had not really seen the statistics or heard about how states beyond Oklahoma view Widows.
I have realized that there are so many people in Oklahoma and beyond that are also looking for resources for widows without having any readily available and yet I know so many more still need help!
What are you most looking forward to in regards to being a part of Stand In The Gap for Widows?
I feel like I am truly walking in the calling that God has placed on my life to help widows walk through grief and to help provide resources to a very underserved population of strong, amazing and resilient women.
I am looking forward to growing our partnerships with churches and ministries across all the US and even branch out worldwide. We do not want any widow to ever feel alone.