Diane Stores

New Online Support Group for Women This Summer!

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In a safe and supportive space, ten women will gather online to learn about the complex dynamics of abuse, the freedom and love Jesus wants to give them, Biblical truths about abuse, and ways to heal from the trauma of abuse.

This group will meet online via Zoom (a video conferencing tool).

Support Group Leader:
Door of Hope Founder and Global Director, Diane Stores

When:
Saturdays, 9am - 12pm Central Time
July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10

Required:
- Must attend at least three of the four sessions
- Fluent in English (read and speak)
- Strong WiFi signal and fast internet
- Camera and microphone on device you'll use
- Email address for communications and signing in

Cost: Free
(There will be a fee for future groups)

To Register: Send your first name, last name and email address to Global Director, Diane Stores at diane@doorofhopeministries.org.

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 diane@doorofhopeministries.org or Jodi Hill, at jodi@doorofhopeministries.org. Thank you!

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

 

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.