History

History of the Journey

God Opened the Door

The history and stories in the Bible show us God has a plan for our lives. As we read the Bible, attend worship, and fellowship with others, we grow closer to the Lord and his plan grows more clear. With our eyes open, we can find the door he hopes we will enter.

Why?

“God, thank you for planting this passion in my heart.”
But, why aren’t things working out? Was I wrong about my purpose? Ten years passed before I knew it. Yep, 10 years of ups and downs, belief and doubts, confusion and hope. 10 years before God opened the door to the establishment of In God’s Corner Ministry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We want to share the history of God’s work.

The Winding Road

by Caroline’s S. Cooper, Founder and Executive Director

Before the Fall

1962 – I was born the second of four children and enjoyed a wonderful childhood in beautiful northwest Missouri. Looking back, I realize I experienced many not-so-wonderful moments. As a child, I struggled with depression, insomnia, isolating, and nonexistent social skills. I accepted those characteristics as part of my life. My outlook changed dramatically after I was sexually abused at the age of 10. I’m convinced this trauma exacerbated an inherited mental illness.

1983 – I married my college sweetheart and our lives were busy and eventful. We had four children (in seven years!). After my third child was born, I had postpartum depression. Soon after, additional symptoms of my undiagnosed mental illness escalated. I thought I had left the past behind. Something wasn’t quite right with Mom, but my family’s unconditional love never wavered.

A Changed Life

2002 – Life caught up with me thirty years after the abuse. I had an emotional breakdown and I entered an outpatient program at a psychiatric hospital. My journey of recovery began.

2005 – After a few years of intensive therapy, I felt like a new person. I journaled throughout my recovery and turned my thoughts into a depression workbook to encourage others: “In This Corner: Battling Depression from Inside the Ring.” By 2008, I knew God’s plan involved more than one book. I attempted to start In This Corner Ministry inspired by the book. With lack of support and poor timing, the ministry didn’t work. I tried again a few years later with the same lack of results. I wondered if had been wrong about this calling.

A Nonprofit is Born

2012 – On July 22, 2012, God brought Jane Alexander to a depression support group I led. We quickly realized we had a special bond. For the first time, I met someone whose passion for promoting mental health awareness matched my own.

2015 – Jane and I had many discussions about how we could turn our passion into the ministry I first envisioned 10 years before. I changed the name to In God’s Corner to reflect our faith-based approach.

Early Nonprofit Ministry Events

Timeline of Events
Major Events: April – September 2018

April 14 – Nonprofit founded – In early 2018, Jane discussed holding a mental health forum with her church pastor, who enthusiastically agreed. God made it clear the time for forming a nonprofit had arrived. On April 14, 2018, Caroline filed the Articles of Incorporation for In God’s Corner Ministry. Shortly thereafter, the ministry received 501(c)(3) designation.

April 21 – Mental Health: A Closer Look – Jane’s church hosted our educational forum, our first official event. Forty people were in attendance. The forum featured speakers, an informational video, and a Q&A panel. Well-respected mental health organizations provide information and free resources. We received positive feedback and many people expressed their appreciation for the event.

June 26 – Document approval – The interim board approved the bylaws of the organization, including the mission, vision, and values.

Sept 5  –  Training workshop – Caroline served as the trainer for wellness group leaders at a local church. The presentation provided practical suggestions balanced with teaching points. Participants received a workbook published by Caroline for taking notes and using as a resource.

Sept 17  – Mental Health Support Group – In God’s Corner started a mental health support group. Caroline’s workbook for depression is the first study.

Sept 21  – Exhibit – In God’s Corner held an exhibit at the Suicide Prevention Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. People visiting the table received mental health information as well as information about our ministry.

Nov 12 – The work continues! Through the end of 2018, In God’s Corner Ministry will be working on a strategic plan to continue with existing programs and roll-out new services and resources