Benefit Breakfast for Door of Hope Mankato

In March, 110 women attended our Mankato conference, resulting in 20 women joining our Mankato support groups and 21 trauma recovery prayer appointments.

To help meet the Mankato need, God brought us a Mankato Director and a Mankato Program Coordinator.

And now, through incredible people like you God is providing the support needed. Praise Jesus for how He’s bringing hope and healing to families in the Mankato area!

Please join us to hear what God is doing and see if He is calling you to Door of Hope Mankato.

Saturday, July 13th, 2019
9:00am - 10:30am

Country Inn & Suites
1900 Premier Drive
Mankato, MN 56001


$20 each
Table of 8: $160

Registration Open Until July 6, 2019

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Meet Heidi Drummer, Mankato Program Coordinator

Heidi Drummer

Heidi Drummer

I am Heidi Drummer, Mankato’s Volunteer Program Coordinator and Support Group Facilitator in Training. Margy Johnson (new Mankato Director) introduced me to Door of Hope at the 2018 spring banquet. While listening to the testimonies I was moved with the compassion of God. Although I didn’t know in what capacity, I knew that this was something I needed to be part of.

Door of Hope Mankato has started two women’s support groups and are currently offering trauma recovery prayer ministry. Our prayer is that, within the next year, we’ll be able to add support groups for men, teens and children. The future plan for Door of Hope Mankato is to establish a permanent office and a safe house.

I reside in rural Mankato with my husband Andrew of 15 years. My daughters, Elsie and Lyla, are 21 and will be graduating from college this fall. We attend New Creation World Outreach Church. 


Meet Margy Johnson, Mankato Director

Margy Johnson

Margy Johnson

I met Diane about 3 1/2 years ago when I was serving as a foster care provider for women and teens who were pregnant, had children or both. Our hope was to teach them parenting and independent living skills and to see them leave equipped to thrive as a functional family. Over time I realized there was no quick fix for them...and I didn’t have the language for it either. I now understand that they came from generations of abuse and trauma.

When I met Diane and heard her vision for Door of Hope I felt a connection to the work. I’m confident that Door of Hope’s tools and training are setting people free to walk in their God given purposes.

As Mankato’s Director, I envision Door of Hope Mankato as a team of people partnering with other teams to educate and provide the tools needed to help individuals heal from the trauma of abuse. Once healed, people will do the good work they are created for, resulting in healthier families, churches, work places and communities.

My husband Ted and I have seven living children (one is with Jesus) and live in Mankato MN. We are licensed Adult Foster Care providers and are bio parents, step parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, parents-in-law, and have 14 grandchildren. I enjoy talking with people who have a passion for Immanuel (God with us) and who want to partner with Him to see people get healed and set free. Learning about the latest brain research is exciting to me as well. We attend New Creation World Outreach Church in Mankato. I enjoy activities in God’s beautiful creation.


Twin Cities Women's Conference June 21-22, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce a Beauty Instead of Ashes conference is coming to the Twin Cities! These conferences have touched hundreds of women in out-state Minnesota and the now God is bringing it to Blaine! Ladies, please join us!

Have you experienced abuse or trauma? Come grow in your understanding of abuse. Gain insight to empower you to find hope and healing from a Christ-centered perspective.

Do you know someone who has experienced abuse? Come gain an understanding of the dynamics of abuse and learn how to better walk with those who are hurting.

Friday, June 21, 6-9pm
Saturday, June 22, 9am-4pm

Location/Hosted by:
Bridgewood Community Church
11670 Lexington Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55449

Cost: Free (free will offering will be taken)

Please Note: Childcare not available. Lunch is on your own.

Preregistration is preferred. Walk-ins are welcome.


North Heights Ministry Fair

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On Sunday, May 5th, we were blessed to take part in ministry fairs at North Heights Lutheran Church.

Info Table Attendants: at the Roseville campus (pictured) Development Coordinator, Renee Volk, and Office and Program Assistant, Tanda Eidsvoog; at the Arden Hills campus Executive Director, Diane Stores, and Board Member, David Melander.

Thank you so much, North Heights, for your partnership in bringing God's healing from trauma and abuse to those we serve! We praise God for you.

If you'd like Door of Hope to help resource your church with a workshop, presentation, educational conference or helpful materials, please contact us at 763-767-2150 or

Annual Spring Banquet Update

On April 27th, at our annual spring banquet, guests enjoyed an evening of fun moments, bidding delights, delicious dinner, inspirational speakers and powerful testimonies.

If you joined us, thank you! Your presence with us encouraged us and reminded us that together with Jesus, the work will continue.

Thank you also for giving so generously! You raised $42,730, which surpassed our former banquet giving record. Wow! Thank You!

Because of you, generations of families are being freed from abuse in Minnesota and around the world! God bless you for your prayers and support!

Special shout out to our banquet team: Adrielle Bollin, Registration; Jody Freeman, Decorations; Jodi Hill, Communications; Sarah Olhoft, Silent Auction; Heidi Turner, Volunteers; Barb Souder, Decorations; Renee Volk, Banquet Chair. Your beautiful hearts worked sooo hard, and it showed! Thank you!

Finally, thank you to our incredible banquet sponsors, Ricky's Embers and Ten Talents Investments and, of course, thank you to each auction item donor and volunteer who helped make the evening extra special! You all are such a blessing! Thank you!

See you at next year's banquet on April 25th (mark your calendar today). :)

Honor Those that Inspire You...

Courage. Strength. Love. Faith.

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We all carry people in our heart who have inspired us.

Whoever holds a special place in your heart, we want to honor them with you.

Give a gift by the end of May in memory or in honor
of that special person, and we will notify them, or
someone you name, about your gift and share
your tribute message with them.

Designate your gift with message when you give here.

I thank my God every time I remember you. - Philippians 1:3

Welcome to New Support Staff Member: Tanda Eidsvoog

We are excited to introduce you to Tanda Eidsvoog, our new part-time office and program assistant. Welcome Tanda! We’re grateful God has called you to Door of Hope as a much-needed support staff member. Your joy and skill lifts us and keeps us moving.

Tanda shares a bit about herself...

Tanda Eidsvoog, Office and Program Assistant

Tanda Eidsvoog, Office and Program Assistant

God has been at work bringing new opportunities into my life this past year, so when I heard His call to Door of Hope, I decided to answer. I’m happy to be helping staff with administrative support, as well as working with our amazing volunteers.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethel University. I have also recently been a Personal Care Assistant as well as the Women’s Ministry Director at my home church. Beyond that, my main role has been as a stay-at-home mom for the past 15 years.

My husband, Jason, and I have been married for 21 years and have 4 amazing children. We keep ourselves busy with 3 teenagers and our little 8-year-old! We attend Bridgewood Community Church and have been involved in many volunteer roles there.

As I have gained freedom in Christ step by step over the last 23 years, I’ve been passionate about helping others find that freedom as well. I believe that working with Door of Hope will be a great opportunity to share what I have been given.

Diane's Vacation Launches Our First International Satellite

Early in March, Founder and Executive Director, Diane Stores, came to visit Development Director, Jodi Hill, for 10 days of vacation time in Cuenca, Ecuador. Although they did some sightseeing, one thing led to another and it quickly became apparent that God had plans for them besides hiking, spas, and parks…

They met with nonprofit leaders and ministry leaders, presented to a women’s bible study, facilitated four trauma recovery counseling and prayer sessions, and, thanks to Leah Diaz, were even on local Christian cable TV!

Epidemic: 3 in 4 Women

In Ecuador, domestic violence is experienced by 3 of 4 women. This is higher than in the USA (1 in 3) and Mexico (2 in 3). In Ecuador, it’s an epidemic! Leaders they talked to are very hungry for our material and training.

Doors are flying open!

Thanks to the hearts at Iglesia Impacto International, especially Pastors Bobby and Lori Leek, and Associate Pastor, Jennifer England, doors are flying open for our first international satellite!

So, what is God doing? Well, here’s what we know so far…

  • On March 29th, we held our first virtual women’s support group. The group is populated almost exclusively by bi-lingual expats living and/or working in Cuenca and is at capacity. Many participants are interested in becoming Door of Hope support group leaders. We thrill at the thought of Spanish-speaking groups for Ecuadorian women starting this summer!

  • Our Authentic Hope Support Group Manual is being translated into Spanish and will be published, making it widely available.

  • In October, if God supplies the funding, we’ve been invited to provide a women’s conference and an equipping conference for ministry leaders. Pastors Bobby and Lori have opened their home for our team to stay in, and have offered their church space for the conferences. We are so grateful to you, Bobby and Lori! Thank you!

  • We’re looking into starting a legal nonprofit in Ecuador, under Door of Hope, which will make us an independent entity able to set up a ministry center, raise funds locally and even buy or rent space for a 12-18 month women’s shelter.

Knowing the God we serve, He’s calling in more people and resources to make this satellite sustainable and equipped to bring His hope and healing to the hurting families of Ecuador. If you sense God is calling you to donate time and/or money toward our work in Ecuador, please contact either Diane Stores at or Jodi Hill, at Thank you!

College Dating Violence

21%  of college students report dating violence by a current partner, and  32%  report a violent partner in a previous dating relationship.

21% of college students report dating violence by a current partner, and 32% report a violent partner in a previous dating relationship.

Last month we talked about Teen Dating Violence, but did you know dating abuse occurs on college campuses too?

The College Student’s Brain:

Adolescent brain development happens from ages 10 to 25, which means our college students are still adolescents!

I know…probably not what college students want to hear!

College Students:

Your still-developing brain means that the excitement of college is lighting up the back of your brain while the front of your brain has to work harder to calculate risk, make plans, and stop inappropriate behavior. In the thrill of a new relationship or the chase that comes before, pause and weigh whether it’s healthy or unhealthy--you can do that; it just takes a little more effort for your brain.

While we’re discussing healthy versus unhealthy relationships, I want to talk to the parents for a second…


Did you know that three out of four parents have not talked to their children about abuse? This means our kids are not equipped to recognize abusive behavior.

In fact, 70% of young adults do not know they are being abused by their partner.

Having conversations with your adolescents about what a healthy relationship looks like prepares them to wisely select their relationships, romantic or otherwise.


In the US, women aged 16-24 experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence (aka domestic violence and dating violence). 21% of college students report dating violence by a current partner, and 32% report a violent partner in a previous dating relationship.

But there is another reason we need to equip our students…

About half (52%) of college students who know someone who is experiencing abuse do not say anything or act. Their reasons for staying quiet include not wanting to get involved and fear of ruining a friendship with either party, or of making the situation worse.

College Campus Challenges

It is very difficult to report violence or abuse. Why?

  • The campus is a small world: they may share a social circle with the person they are reporting, which can affect friendships or mean a risk of running into the abusive person

  • Distance from home: their support network may be miles away, making them feel alone

  • Parents: some worry about their parents finding out

  • Stalking: many students are concerned that this will be a repercussion of reporting

  • The Administration: the college culture has been portrayed in the news, and even on shows like Law and Order: SVU, as being insensitive, dishonest, and dismissive in situations like assaults or intimate partner violence. Unfortunately, this has been the experience of many, leading students to believe the administration will not understand or act.

Students are more vulnerable on a college campus than in the “real world.” Title IX gives colleges some requirements, but the safe guards are more limited than the legal system.

Action Steps

For Students:

  • Fill your shopping cart! During my years of dance training, my instructors used to tell us to watch others and put anything they did that we liked into our shopping cart. Find couples that you respect and admire and observe how they interact. When you see something you like, put it in your healthy relationship shopping cart. Then when you encounter behavior in college that doesn’t match, you can leave it on the shelf ;)

  • Find a strong support network: You may have to go off campus to find one that you can trust won’t fall apart should a situation arise. For me, I had a close family friend who lived near my school, and faculty members who did not know the person I was reporting.

For Parents/Caring Adults:

  • Respond well: We know that the response of the first person disclosed to is critical. The amazing woman I disclosed to said, “I don’t know what to do, but I’m going to find out right now and get you help.” This is a great model for anyone to follow.

  • Discuss relationships with adolescents: Remember they’re new to this! The more they can learn, the more equipped they will be. You also can establish yourself as a safe person to come to with questions, which is beneficial for the student as he or she thinks about and experiences dating.

If a young adult or college student needs help, feel free to contact our Youth and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator, Gabby Plaep, at 763-767-2150 or

A great place for teens to learn more and receive support is our Hope-Filled Teens Support Groups. New groups, one for boys and one for girls, start March 26th. Learn more at Register a teen by contacting Tanda at


Written by Gabby Plaep, Door of Hope’s Youth and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator.

Gabby can be reached at at or 763-767-2150.