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!

Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men have experienced sexual and/or physical violence or stalking by a partner, with negative impact.

Prevention is key!

Through our offerings, Door of Hope uses 5 of 6 abuse prevention strategies the CDC recommends below.

Thanks for joining us in this very important work!  

 This is a modified CDC graphic. Original graphic at  https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/technical-packages/infographic.html

This is a modified CDC graphic. Original graphic at https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/technical-packages/infographic.html

We're a Be a Blessing Recipient!

Be a Blessing, a family of individuals and businesses transforming lives through helping small, Christ-centered organizations, has named Door of Hope as their September 2018 Blessing of the Month.

A percentage of the donations Be a Blessing receives this month will come to Door of Hope!

To learn more this effort, visit the Be a Blessing Blog Post: Abuse & Trauma Recovery

Thank you Be a Blessing! We praise Jesus for each one of you!

Expansion News: Praising God for Room to Serve More!

Just in time for our Fall Support Groups, the construction on our addition is complete!

 Craig Volk helped paint the space. Thanks Craig! 

Craig Volk helped paint the space. Thanks Craig! 

We’re praising God for providing this new space and, for all of you who contributed in some way to make it happen!

Caring hearts prayed, and handy friends installed the drop ceiling, stained the doors (Dan Wendt),  painted the drywall (Craig and Renee Volk), laid the carpet, and moved furniture!  Others donated paint (Cathy and Rich Berman), dollars (several of you), and other supplies.

If you prayed or contributed in any way, thank you, THANK YOU! 

Together we offer Christ's love, safety and healing...

 

 A Saturday morning of moving furniture will set the stage for more of God's healing touch...

A Saturday morning of moving furniture will set the stage for more of God's healing touch...