Meet New Board Member, Kendra Diehl

 Kendra Diehl, New Board Member

Kendra Diehl, New Board Member

I am deeply honored to join this team of Godly leaders who work tirelessly to bring the love of Christ and power of the Holy Spirit into the lives of women, children and men who have suffered trauma and abuse.

Christ gave his life so we all may live. It is by the power of God’s Spirit on the earth today that freedom can be experienced by all.

Door of Hope is a safe place to be loved and to experience new life.

As a board member, I hope to share my experience and education in the area of Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development. 

A bit more about her: Kendra Diehl is Vice President of The Master’s Institute Seminary, and Director of Spiritual and Character Formation. She and her husband Rob have been married for 35 years, and are blessed to have three adult children, Caila (Dave), Tom (Katie) and Mitch, and two kind and creative grandsons, Levi and Emerson.  

Living with Abuse Versus Living in God's Freedom

As we all know, holidays can be stressful.

Maybe not so well known is that stress tends to increase abusive behavior, and abusive behavior can be hard to spot.

Abusive behavior happens in families, work, school, church, clubs, social media, friendships...anywhere people are.

If you want to move into light, life and freedom, there is hope.

We’ll walk with you until you know His freedom.

Please join us at one of our upcoming events or support groups or schedule a trauma recovery counseling and prayer ministry session by contacting us at prayer@doorofhopeministries.org.

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Thanking God for You!

 Founder and Executive Director, Diane Stores

Founder and Executive Director, Diane Stores

I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. - Romans 1:8

I don't know about you, but for me November and December are a time of reflection, gratitude, and remembrance of all God has done the past year. It's overwhelming to consider all the ways He has blessed and poured out His favor, and all the ways He has used you to accomplish His purposes at Door of Hope.

Here's Some of What God Has Accomplished in 2018, Through You:

Support Groups

  • Served 166 people: 123 women, 23 kids, 10 teens, and 10 children thru childcare

  • Added two new support groups: Safe People and Loving on Purpose Parenting Class

  • Increased the number of trained support group leaders to 15

  • Added more group space through our expansion this fall (we’re already running out of space!)

  • Held our first off-site support group

Trauma Recovery Counseling & Prayer Ministry and Women’s Conferences

  • Facilitated more than 140 Trauma Recovery Counseling & Prayer Ministry sessions

  • Two conferences provided for women seeking healing from abuse, with one more conference coming in December

Safe Housing and Crisis Counseling

  • Helped 10 women in crisis write safety plans to help minimize the danger of leaving an unsafe situation

  • Added three safe houses, hosted by families willing to take in women needing a safe refuge

Staffing and Volunteers

  • 1500+ volunteer hours have been logged so far!

  • Increased the hours of Associate Director, Darlene Cook, to 30 hours a week

  • Hired Gabby Plaep as our part-time Youth & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

  • Added Nate Oyloe to our staff as a volunteer (with hopes to bring him on payroll soon) to help us serve more men

  • Added two more staff offices through this fall’s Ministry Center expansion

Wow! It is very exciting to see God bring His hope and healing to so many men, women, and children!

The need continues to increase as word about Door of Hope spreads...

 From all of us at Door of Hope - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

From all of us at Door of Hope - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We believe we will be able to continue to serve those God sends us, but we need your help, your prayers, and your continued support.

From all of us at Door of Hope - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We pray you and your family will have a blessed Thanksgiving season.

With love and gratitude,

Diane Stores
Executive Director

Give to the Max: Double Your Gift Today!

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The need for our services keeps growing and is currently exceeding our capacity. 

It is exciting to see people coming for help, but breaks our hearts when we don't have space for them in our support groups or safe housing...We're trusting God to provide so we can reach more in 2019.

God Willing: Donations today will answer prayers for help in just a few short weeks.

Give to the Max Giving has started...

We have a match (from two generous donors) that will double your dollars, up to a total of $9,500.

Ways to Join In:

Make your donation today and your gift will be matched immediately. Thank you!

Donation deadline is midnight, Give to the Max Day, November 15.

Don't miss this chance to bring God's healing from the effects of trauma and abuse.

Staff Introduction: Gabby Plaep

 Gabby Plaep: Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Gabby Plaep: Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Please meet Gabby Plaep, our new Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. If she looks familiar, it’s because she’s been co-leading our Hope-Filled Kids support group and helped launch and lead our Hope-Filled Teens support group.

We praise God that He is providing so that we can bring her on in greater capacity!

Gabby Shares:

In 2015, I received a BA in Exercise Science with a Minor in Youth Ministry from Hope College. While there, I interned at a
Vineyard Church in Michigan, co-leading their youth group and providing fitness classes for the women's ministry.

After graduation, I wanted to return to youth ministry and felt a pull on my heart to help those who have experienced abuse and trauma. I learned about Door of Hope when I was asked to dance at one of their banquets. I remember listening to the stories and asking God if I could join Him in what He was doing.

About a year later, when I was struggling to find a place to be involved in youth ministry, Diane called me about Hope-Filled Kids. I have never received a clearer yes from God in my life.

Besides my position at Door of Hope, I am a Pilates, Zumba, and dance instructor and am pursuing a Masters in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in trauma.

I firmly believe the Kingdom of God belongs to children (Luke 18:16), and that the young are
to be our examples (1 Timothy 4:12).

Watching these kids hear from God and grow in their relationship with Him is my greatest joy.

 

Our First Annual Family Fun Walk Brought Hope and Help

 Our families thank you!

Our families thank you!

On October 14th, friends of the ministry walked to show their support for those healing from the effects of abuse.

The chill and snow didn't stop 60 registered walkers from raising $8,082!

Thanks walkers! Because of God's love through you, families have hope and the support they need to journey on their way to healing from trauma and abuse.

Big thank you too, to our amazing volunteers! We couldn't have done it without you!

Thanks to Abundant Life Church for graciously hosting our post-walk celebration!

Finally, thanks to Zealous Creations for their corporate gift and to Ricky's Embers for sponsoring the event!

 All ages took part…

All ages took part…

 After we walked, we moved to Abundant Life Church for a time of fun, food and fellowship.

After we walked, we moved to Abundant Life Church for a time of fun, food and fellowship.

Abundant Life Community Life Partner Fair

 Darlene Cook and Diane Stores hosting our resource table.

Darlene Cook and Diane Stores hosting our resource table.

On Sunday, October 14th, Executive Director, Diane Stores, and Assistant Director, Darlene Cook, hosted a Door of Hope resource table at Abundant Life Church’s Community Life Partner Fair.

What a blessing to be able to resource God’s people with information and tools to help recognize and heal from abuse and trauma.

2018 Thrive Conference

 Executive Director, Diane Stores (3rd from left), and Assistant Director, Darlene Cook (front center), led prayer teams. They’re pictured here with some of the prayer team leaders.

Executive Director, Diane Stores (3rd from left), and Assistant Director, Darlene Cook (front center), led prayer teams. They’re pictured here with some of the prayer team leaders.

Were you there?

It was an amazing weekend full of God’s love, inspiration, instruction and healing power!

More than 3,000 women attended this two-day conference in St Cloud, MN hosted by one of our ministry partners, Bridging the Gap.

Six Door of Hope staff and volunteers led prayer teams and hosted our Door of Hope booth.

we were honored and blessed to take part in this truly inspirational conference…

 More than 3,000 women attended this Spirit-filled weekend.

More than 3,000 women attended this Spirit-filled weekend.

 Assistant Director, Darlene Cook, and Executive Director, Diane Stores.

Assistant Director, Darlene Cook, and Executive Director, Diane Stores.

 Tenacious Hope was the theme.

Tenacious Hope was the theme.

Brief Ministry Update

Currently, the need for services surpasses our ability to meet those needs.

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We now have 68 women and children in support groups and are seeing more men and women in trauma recovery/prayer appointments each week.

We just started our first support group off site and plan to host more support groups in area churches in 2019.

Our work in Bemidji is expanding as ground has been broken for a Christian women's shelter near the Red Lake Reservation. We're partnering with Winnie Transformation Center as we minister to the women in the shelter and train and mentor the staff in support group and prayer ministry skills. This will incorporate all of our curriculum and abuse dynamic training.

We have 2 families in the Twin Cities who have agreed to house women and children in dangerous situations. We have already placed 3 women and 3 children in these homes.

God is on the move at Door of Hope! Thank you for joining us in His healing work!