Pause to Appreciate, by Diane Stores

Diane Stores, Founder and Executive Director

Diane Stores, Founder and Executive Director

Recently I was listening to a teaching by Mark Rutland. He was talking about God resting on the seventh day….Now we all know that God doesn’t get tired. Psalm 121:4 tells us that God neither slumbers or sleeps.

Dr. Rutland went on to say that the reference in Genesis 2:2 regarding God resting on the seventh day has a much fuller meaning. One of the meanings of this word in Hebrew is to pause and appreciate. God paused and appreciated all He had created.

Just saying those words makes me slow down and remember all He has done for me and for Door of Hope. I am trying to bring this phrase into my life several times each day.

I find each time I stop and remember all of the ways He has showered us with His goodness, my body and my soul slow down. Rest is so important, for it is in rest that revelation and refreshment come.

We have so many things to be grateful for. So, as I pause and appreciate today, these are some of the things that come to mind:

  • We just hired a part-time Bookkeeper/IT Manager, Dave Nimmo, and a part-time Office & Program Assistant, Tanda Eidsvoog

  • We increased hours for Associate Director, Nate Oyloe, with full-time status coming in April

  • Gabby Plaep’s (Youth and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator) hours will increase in April

  • All nine January - March support groups are full, with the exception of the teen group

  • Our new March support groups in Cloquet are maxed out – with 11 ladies in each of the two groups

  • Our Mankato conference is all set for March 22 – 23 and we already have 40 ladies signed up

  • Jodi Hill (Development Director) and I met with leaders in Cuenca, Ecuador this week in anticipation of a women’s conference soon

I could go on and on…God is on the move! We are so blessed to partner with Him in His work as He continues to bring hope and healing to so many.

Please join us at our April 27th Overflowing Hope banquet! It’s going to be a time of celebrating all God has done and will do for those we serve!

We appreciate your support so much! You make this work possible. Last year was a year of multiplication and we are already seeing so much growth happening this year. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for all your love, prayers, and support.

Diane Stores
Founder and Executive Director
Door of Hope Ministries


Welcome to New Support Staff, Dave Nimmo

Dave Nimmo, bookkeeping and IT

Dave Nimmo, bookkeeping and IT

We are excited to introduce you to Dave Nimmo, our new part-time bookkeeper and IT person! Welcome Dave! We’re so grateful God has called you to Door of Hope as a much-needed support staff member. Thank you and bless you!

Dave shares a bit about himself…

I am very excited to be partnering with Door of Hope, and assuming some bookkeeping responsibilities to free up time for others to minister to the many hurting people who come to Door of Hope.

My wife, Cathy, and I have known about Door of Hope for the past several years and are happy to get more involved in the ministry in whatever capacity the Lord is pleased to use us. 

Our relationship began through Darlene Cook [Associate Director], and every time we engage at Door of Hope we are impressed with the love, integrity, and connection with Jesus we see in the staff and volunteers.

I work in Roseville, and my training and experience is with database and computer systems. I am, along with Cathy, also in the process of engaging with Door of Hope as Trauma Recovery Counseling and Prayer Ministry team member.

Cathy, the love of my life for the past 45 years, and I reside in Coon Rapids. We attend Emmanuel Christian Center, where Cathy is involved with the women’s ministry, and the two of us help mentor marriages. We have four children and eight grandchildren. 

In our spare time, we love to travel and visit our kids and grand kids in California, as well as our family here in Minnesota. Our favorite pastime is driving (usually West) with nothing to do but enjoy conversation and coffee together.

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

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.

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

This is a modified CDC graphic. Original graphic at

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...

Moving Day! Can You Help?

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The time is here! We're moving into our Ministry Center's expansion area!

We're so excited to have this space up and running for our fall support groups and activities! 

Please join in the fun and if you have a truck or trailer you can bring, thank you! That will save us from renting a trailer....

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Blaine, MN Area

To Help or Learn More: Please contact us at or 763-767-2150

Thank you and hope to see you there!

Expanding So That More May Know God's Healing

Ministry Center Expansion Project

Last year, due to new staff members and several new support groups, we had to lease office space upstairs. While this was helpful, it made communication difficult and added expense.

This year we moved everyone back downstairs and made do, while planning to finish space we were already leasing.

Construction has begun, and will enable each staff person to have an office and will provide much-needed group space...right now we have to limit the number of people per support group, due to space restrictions...

The added space will be used for training leaders, support groups, and hosting workshops, as well as giving our staff quiet and productive spaces to work. It’ll be wonderful to move Executive Director, Diane Stores, out of the group room, Assistant Director, Darlene Cook, out of the sitting area, and Development Coordinator, Alissa Holmes, out of a closet.

Thanks to Dan Wendt for staining the doors.

Thanks to Dan Wendt for staining the doors.

Thanks to Matt Efteland for volunteering to create the space’s CAD (Computer Assisted Design), and to Dan Wendt (pictured) of Cedar Ridge Church for volunteering to stain our doors. Your help, Matt and Dan, is going to make a huge difference for so many families. Bless you and thank you!


Thanks to all of you who contributed to getting carpet in our new space. You gave $2150, exceeding our need for $1500. Thank you! The additional $650 has been put toward the drop ceiling, which means we only need about $900 to install a drop ceiling and complete the project.

If you can help, please put 'expansion' in the comment area when you donate here

God bless you and thank you for your partnership in bringing God's healing from trauma and abuse. 

Staff Introduction: Development Coordinator, Alissa Holmes

Development Coordinator, Alissa Holmes

Development Coordinator, Alissa Holmes

Please meet Alissa Holmes, our Development Coordinator.

Alissa works closely with Diane Stores and the rest of the team to raise funds and expand the scope of Door of Hope’s network.

Alissa is also the Executive Pastor, Development Director and a worship leader at Twin Cities Justice House of Prayer and Outpost Ministries.

She’s been in ministry 15 years, previously serving at the Becker International House of Prayer in various roles, and in a hands-on ministry that helps individuals come out of addiction and sexual exploitation.

She has been an active member of the Minnesota House of Prayer Board of Directors for the past six years, and continues to travel around the state to network and encourage prayer ministries.

Alissa has 10 years of experience in management and administration, focused in program and outcome support for those in need of county/state services. Additionally, Alissa is a freelance artist, photographer, and filmmaker.

Alissa responds to: Why are you at Door of Hope?

I grew up in a loving home with parents who were (and still are) pastors and ministers. Despite that, I had a childhood checkered with abuse and brokenness from others, and had an incredibly tender heart that kept much of what I was experiencing a secret from my parents.

By time I became a teenager, I was in the throes of deep depression and suicidal tendencies. I believed that no one, including God, loved me. In His kindness, God used my father to intervene, and the Holy Spirit began leading me on an intense journey of healing that, while focused primarily over 6 years, is still going on today.

I am passionate about God’s intention for our lives, His heart to heal us, and the work Door of Hope does everyday to help people encounter Him. The only reason I’m walking in freedom today is because of Jesus and His heart to see me become whole.

I love that He promises in Matt 5:4 to comfort those who mourn. I was a mourner, but He came and comforted me, and has made me whole. Daily He walks me from glory to glory. I know that the overcoming and freedom He’s given me is not just for me, but is for everyone, and I love working at Door of Hope because we’re daily helping people understand that truth.

Want to hear more about Alissa’s story?

Alissa Holmes

Check out her recent podcast episode with She Walks In Truth, where she talks about inner healing and the ministry of Door of Hope. You can find it on Stitcher Radio, iTunes, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio, or visit


Feel free to contact Alissa at