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Stand in the Gap

Teamwork that Makes the Dream Work

By March 3, 2023No Comments

You know those relationships you have that make you better, stronger, smarter?? We do too.

At Stand in the Gap, we work hard to cultivate partnerships that extend our reach, enhance our services, and make peoples lives better. These are just a few of those collaborations.

Reaching Rochester

You may remember our old friend Ashley (Walker) Cross. Before she married and moved to New York, she was our Life Launch Program Manager in Tulsa. Seven years later, she is running a community organization aimed at youth and families called The Hub 585 in Rochester.

About a year ago, she reached out to see if she could bring Life Launch to The Hub. Our program staff walked her team through each part of the Life Launch programming. We reviewed mentor/mentee recruitment, trainings, methodology and key things we do as managers to run the program successfully. Now, we meet monthly to troubleshoot any situations that come with launching their teams. We talk through each specific circumstance and get updates to better know what they need from us.

Now that we are one year in, we are starting to see beautiful stories come out of these small groups and partnership.


young adults served through Life Launch Rochester

Our new partner, Southeast Baptist Church in Pryor, is passionate about walking with women as they transition to life after prison. Sound familiar?
Yeah, we are too.

Over the last several months, we have not only celebrated Stand in the Gap small group graduations in Pryor, but we have also formed new teams. The most exciting thing about these new teams is that the ladies who have graduated from their small groups are re-joining their volunteers to serve a new woman coming out of difficult life circumstances. This is our dream: empowering women through the power of prayer and relationships to restore their families and then return the favor to other women.

A relationship like this one with Pryor Southeast Baptist helps us recruit qualified and passionate volunteers to serve as mentors and ensures that we have a “home base” even in a city where we don’t have any staff. It has been a pleasure to work together and see God change lives.

See Bobby's Story
Bobby Rhonda Shaunte WIT

Under His Wings ministry has come up with a solution for a widow's common frustration.

Fact: Cooking nutritious, tasty food for one is exhausting. That’s why, when our partner serving widows in Durant, Oklahoma, suggested a Freezer Meal Ministry, we asked them to take notes and share the magic. Over the last several months, volunteers have cooked hundreds of meals, packaged them with care, and distributed them with love to the widows in their community. Here’s how it works: widows sign up to receive meals, volunteers plan menus and spend a day cooking, then package the meals individually. Widows arrive at a designated time to pick up their food.

The meals not only meet a physical need, but also the emotional need of being seen and served. Under His Wings is taking it a step further. They have shared their strategies (and their recipes) with us so that we can add them to our Widow Toolkit, making this ministry available to all of our widow partners. It’s food for the soul.

See How Many Meals They Made
freezer meals for widows

You are part of this team.

When you donate to Stand in the Gap, you empower the partner that provides meals to widows, you create safe relationships for young adults in Rochester, you equip women to find true freedom and then give it back. Your stewardship of the gifts God has given you creates countless opportunities for people to experience the love, joy, and forgiveness of God.

These are the kind of changes that don’t just impact one person. You change the trajectory of a life. You create a legacy of hope.

Give today to provide a legacy that matters.

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