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Transitional Ministry for Women

July 26, 2017

W.I.S.H. (Women in Spiritual Hope) ministries at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport is moving in God’s time. Their mission, says co-founder Lynn Johnson, is “to provide a safe faith-based nurturing transition for women from prison or jail, and to equip former inmates to return to society and live productive and happy lives.”

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They have put a bid on a house that they plan to develop into a residence for women in transition—and the bid has been accepted! They are working with the city’s zoning commission to make sure that they are meeting the standards of existing ordinances. They are hoping to have everything finalized and running by this fall.

W.I.S.H. ministries is a recipient of a $3,000 Emerging Ministries grant from the Southeast District. Our District Askings gifts from local United Methodist churches in our part of the state help to support these sorts of new opportunities for outreach in our communities.

If you or your church would like to offer additional financial support for establishing their new residence, you can visit their GoFundMe webpage online. In their fundraiser description they summarize the need succinctly: “This is a second chance for women who never really had a first chance in life.”

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