When it comes down to it, there’s really one thing that matters most to us at Stand in the Gap.

It’s a simple word, but a powerful, fleeting, dangerous thing. 

For many of the people we serve, it is new. And often, it is not to be trusted. When life is in crisis, it can feel like a set up, like a long shot, like a myth. For a young adult aging out of foster care, it seems like it’s for other people. For a widow emerging from grief, it feels like a betrayal. For a woman coming out of prison, it is beyond reach.

There's one thing that matters most to us at Stand in the Gap. It’s a simple word, but a powerful, fleeting, dangerous thing;

Hope.

So what happens when people who care plant seeds of hope? What happens when hope becomes a possibility, or even, a reality? How do you learn to do it? How do you hold on to it?

At Stand in the Gap, we’ve come to realize that if hope is going to flourish, we need each other. We need examples, relationships, conversations, meals, prayers, walks, and life with other people and with God if we want hope to become a reality.

Over the last 23 years, we’ve seen the power of hope. We’ve learned what Hope is. In 2020, we are taking the opportunity to focus our vision on this one thing.

Hope.

Throughout the year we are going to ask the people we’ve served what “Hope is…” to them. Check back on the blog to read along.

Here’s hoping,

The Stand in the Gap team

We partnered with The University of Oklahoma’s Hope Research Center to measure the hope that Stand in the Gap brings to orphans and prisoners. The resulting “Hope Survey” studies the impact of our programs. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Evie Muilenburg-Trevino, we now have the data to prove that hope is found here.