Please look over the following information and pray for the missionaries as they spread God's word to the corners of the earth.
Our church is partnering with our local Southern Baptist Association to minister on three local college campuses: San Diego State University, Grossmont College, and Cuyamaca Colege. Challenge, led by David Worcester and Dana Morgan, focuses on college students with weekly meetings. Challenge's mission is to "help students come to know Jesus, learn to live like Him, and change the world the way He did."
AWANA - SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Gateway Church has been a part of the AWANA ministry since our inception. Gene and Nancy Goertzen, our AWANA missionaries, help reach children in San Diego and Imperial counties and Hawaii for Jesus. As AWANA missionaries for over 40 years, they visit local clubs and churches and help with leadership training and missions conferences. They use Gateway's AWANA program as an example to others of how an effective program should be run. The AWANA nights focus around Bible verse memory, council time, games, refreshments, and, most importantly, knowing Jesus.
SHEPHERD'S HEART MINISTRY
Since Gateway began we have strived to love like Jesus, who often said he felt compassion towards those who were downtrodden and were like a sheep without a shepherd. A big part of our compassion ministry is our Gateway Food Pantry, where for years we have collected or purchased food to have available for those in need. This has been a blessing to hundreds of people. Our Shepherd's Heart ministry also helps with gas and lodging for those in especially difficult transitional time.
SAN DIEGO BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
Our church is in partnership with 140 churches in San Diego county and Tijuana. Pastor Sam and Pastor Mark are often called on to speak and to coach other churches in church growth and to mobilize churches to be outwardly focused.
Edgemoor is more than a geriatric hospital. The patients range from age 19 to 90 and are there for various reasons: strokes, head injuries, dementia, etc. Our roles as volunteers vary as to our individual gifts. Some play music, visit individuals, assist with arts and crafts, ad help plan activities. Our ministry is not just to the patients but also to the staff. We are there to help in any way we can.
J-Walk, Gateway's High School ministry, has been going to World Changers mission trips in Texas, Washington, and Utah for the past 11 years. Our youth meet up with about 200 other youth from around the country. The participants are placed on crews of 10 to 12 students and several adults and each crew works on a house in the community. The work is usually re-roofing or painting the house. The homeowners are chosen in the city based on financial and physical needs.
Angel Tree has been near and dear to Gateway's heart for many years. A part of Prison Fellowship Ministries, Angel Tree is an event where we get to provide Christmas gifts to children with incarcerated parents. Prison Fellowship goes into the prisons to encourage the incarcerated to sign up their children for Angel Tree and the children are assigned to churches that participate. Gateway sponsors around 115 children each year. We provide two gifts- a clothing gift and a fun gift for each child. We then have a party at the church for the children, with a meal, crafts, gifts, and a Gospel presentation. Our prayer is that we will be able to encourage a bridge of healing between parent and child as well as share the gospel of Jesus Christ with families.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of these ministries, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.