Door of Hope Hope-Filled Kids Support Group

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.

 

Hope-Filled Kids Support Group Update

Christmas Party

Hope-Filled Kids with their group leaders (Melani Kompelein and Gabby Plaep) and the Women's Christian Book Club volunteers.

Hope-Filled Kids with their group leaders (Melani Kompelein and Gabby Plaep) and the Women's Christian Book Club volunteers.

Last month, generous hearts from Women’s Christian Book Club came and decorated our conference room, and served tacos and lots of tasty treats to our Hope-Filled Kids Support Group (ages 9-12).

The kids had a fun time making bracelets, decorating cupcakes, and playing games.
It was a night full of God's love and joy as we celebrated Him and the coming of His Son!

Thank you to the donor who provided funds for the gifts, and to the book club volunteers. You love well.

2017 Evaluations

Last year, we served 18 children, ages 9-12, through Hope-Filled Kids. That’s 18 young lives touched by the love and truth of Jesus, 18 lives finding hope and healing.

On Evaluation Forms They Said:

All said they felt more confident (one said "less shy")

Something God showed me:

  • Kind people
  • God will always be with me
  • He helps me when I'm having a bad day
  • That I have tools to obey His word
  • How awesome all these people are

Something I learned:

  • To choose wise decisions
  • To be a better communicator and a better person
  • How God loves us
  • God always guides me
  • That I can be confident
  • That God is there no matter what
  • To build my house on the rock

Thank you for your support, it is making a huge difference in the lives of all of those we serve!

Learn more at: doorofhopeministries.org/childrens-support-groups