Gateway Woods Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 3rd
When asked about his memories of the Gateway Woods Auction, Taylor, a former resident said, “I remember that a lady bid almost $1,000 on a lemon shakeup.” He recalled it instantly, and laughed as he said it. “That’s crazy! People just don’t do that sort of thing! But it’s awesome that people want to give like that to Gateway. I have great memories from there. I learned a lot, and I know it couldn’t have happened without people’s giving.”
Taylor expressed it so well. It is jaw-dropping to see someone buy a lemon shakeup for that much money! It is so encouraging to see such overwhelming support and love on Auction day. And through that support, you directly impact hundreds of children and families each year. Whether a child like Taylor, a foster son recovering from abuse, an adopted daughter reaching out to her mother for the first time, or a family being reunited under the oversight of a Home-Based counselor. It is all made possible by your support and God’s provision. Please consider joining us at this year’s Auction on Saturday, August 3rd. We are incredibly thankful for your support, your time, and your prayers.
Is Jesus Coming to this Town?
By Rachel Bristol, Foster Parent
My husband, Nate, and I have been foster parents to our new little family for seven months. This time has been filled with ups, downs and countless lessons.
One of the biggest lessons we have learned is that parenting is hard work! Before we got our placement of our three little ones, we had no children. Oh the tranquility! Since that first day our lives have been turned upside down. Our already busy schedules have become a whirlwind of activities, visits with biological parents, doctor’s appointments, counseling, meetings with case workers, and so on. In the crazy day-to-day it is too easy to lose sight of the big picture. Why are we doing this? Why did we give up our once (relatively) peaceful lives for this chaos?
By Ross Feller, Communications Coordinator
I doubt that I will ever forget a story that some former houseparent told me a few years ago. During their evening devotion with the residents, they began to talk about the story in Genesis detailing when Abraham was called by God to sacrifice his son. As they discussed the story of Abraham drawing his knife to end his child’s life, one of the residents piped up and asked, “Are you talking about Abraham Lincoln?” While I laughed at the time, it still sticks with me whenever I think how little some of the children we work with actually know about the gospel.
We deal with all kinds of of people through our Adoption, Foster Care, Home-Based and Residential Programs. These children come from all different backgrounds, belief systems, worldviews, cultures, family structures and financial situations. Yet it still shocks me to hear about children that do not know these basic stories of the gospel! And while it’s tempting to think that all of the people we serve are from cities the size of Fort Wayne, it’s important to remember that many come from small towns. These towns may be no larger than where you live! Does it shock you to think of children in a small town the size of Bluffton, Morton, Roanoke, or Rittman never having heard the Truth before?