“Jesus’ ministry is accomplished through his people. So, if you are reading this, you are the hope of the world and the story of SITGM belongs to you!”
TJ Warren, Executive Director
2022 was an astounding year for SITGM.
We have had a front-row seat and the gift of participating in the ministry of Jesus. This year far exceeded even our most bullish expectations! At every turn, this year, we exceeded goals. The impact and outcomes of all three programs grew by leaps and bounds over the past two years. Last but not least, by God’s grace and your sacrificial generosity, we had our best year for fundraising to date.
The stories of whole life transformation continue to flow in. And you will see, as you continue to read, that our “Data of Hope” shows vividly what Jesus is doing in and through Stand in the Gap.
Contributions and expenses were both up in 2022
but income outpaced the rising cost of ministry
Percentages Represent Increase from 2021
High-Level Donor Contributions Up
Low-Level Donor Contributions Up
Total Number of Donors (356)
Number of First-Time Donors (128)
Where We Are
Life Launch is most active in Oklahoma City and Tulsa
We cultivate partnerships with like-minded organizations to better serve our young adults.
With Your Help
Our partner organizations are also primary sources for recruiting volunteers.
2022's partnership with The Hub 585 represents an exciting opportunity for the future (more on this below...)
Life Launch By The Numbers
Youth and Young Adults
were active in Life Launch mentoring teams in 2022 (including 11 teams that graduated in the last 3 years but continue to meet).
Licensing Life Launch
The top challenges and accomplishments in the Life Launch program in 2022.
2022 felt like a return to almost normal. But we still feel the effects of COVID in our ability to recruit mentors and return to “baseline” for Life Launch.
Geographic distance is a challenge for us in forming teams (we want to make sure our volunteers and young adults can get together easily). Mentors seem to be busier than ever, making it harder for the team to get in stride. As we grow, maintaining the type of relationships we need between staff and volunteers and partners is challenging.
Our staff was intentional about reconnecting with partners this year and saw meaningful growth in these relationships. These partnerships helped us find young adults that were ready for Life Launch as well as the volunteers who were equipped to serve.
The Hub 585 helped us take Life Launch to a new level. We licensed our program to them, providing our training and staff support to the program in Rochester, New York. This partnership could be the model for a future Life Launch program that empowers partner organizations to operate this ministry around the country.
Where We Are
Women in Transition is most active in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.
We cultivate partnerships with like-minded organizations to better serve women impacted by incarceration.
With Your Help
Our partner churches are primary sources for recruiting volunteers.
After COVID related shutdowns, we are back in every facility we were serving pre-pandemic.
Women in Transition By The Numbers
Women and Children
were impacted by Women in Transition in 2022 (an increase of 140% from 2021).
Staffing in Pryor
The top challenges and accomplishments in the Women in Transition program in 2022.
2022 saw us back in every facility we served pre-COVID but we still feel the effects of years of limited mobility inside prison walls. We also saw successes and challenges as we grew to serve beyond the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas.
The Department of Corrections is still placing limits on the number of people who can gather inside prison walls. That means our classes sizes are significantly smaller, leaving many unable to attend. Our growing partnership in Pryor hit a setback when our staff person was unable to continue due to a personal situation. By the end of the year, we began to rebound there (thanks to Women in Transition instructor, Shaunte Gordon), but we lost some momentum in the interim.
Our Women in Transition Program Director, Rhonda Bear, also operates her own transitional living and employment ministry for the women we serve. This year, SheBrews and His House Ministries expanded to Tulsa, helping us form more small groups in the metro area. Our Program Manager in Oklahoma City, Kathy Peacock, also developed effective partnerships in Comanche, resulting in growth there. She also recruited help to supplement her efforts in Oklahoma City.
Where We Are
Stand in the Gap for Widows operates through partnerships with churches throughout the country.
We share our toolkit of best ministry practices with partner churches who implement the ministry in their community.
With Your Help
Our partner churches share new best practices with us, and we make them available to our network.
We are building systems that will empower us to handle a nationwide movement.
Stand in the Gap for Widows By The Numbers
were impacted by Stand in the Gap for Widows in 2022.
The top challenges and accomplishments in the Stand in the Gap for Widows program in 2022.
2022 saw amazing growth in the widow program. We believe this is a testament to the unique need being met by this program. But with growth, comes opportunities and challenges.
We must continue to develop systems that allow us to scale Stand in the Gap for Widows to a nationwide movement. This includes more efficient collection and reporting of data, in-depth training videos, continued development of the Toolkit, deeper relationships with partners, and providing the necessary staff.
Our Stand in the Gap for Widows Program Director, Amy Woody, brings her personal perspective as a widow along with her experience as a small business owner to building a scalable, strong program. This year, the program expanded to new states all while Amy focused on ensuring that existing partners were receiving the support and information they needed from Stand in the Gap. The infrastructure she is building aims to enable future growth without leaving any existing partners behind. In addition to developing a personal relationship with each partner organization, Amy also connected partners to each other, creating a stronger network of ministry.