GO INTO ALL THE WORLD
"God calls us to "Go into all the World". Missions outreach is an integral part of Freedom Gate Church. We support local, national and international endeavours.
MISSIONARIES AND MINISTRIES THAT WE SUPPORT
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Tim Craft has opened Angels’ Harbor, a Christ centered recovery facility for drug addicted women in Vincent, OH. He also pastors The Reach United Church on Staunton TPK in Parkersburg. Since Tim came to the Mid Ohio Valley, he has committed himself to rescuing those who are held captive by addiction. He and his wife Abby, both former addicts, know that Jesus is the ONLY way out of that lifestyle and are leading the way to recovery.
Young Life’s mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus and help them grow in their faith. We are an
outreach ministry that equips Christian adults to enter the world of unbelieving kids to share our lives
and the gospel.
We have three groups of students. Young Life, also the name of our high school outreach, has a group at Parkersburg South. We took kids to a camp in VA last summer, have a small group meeting weekly for a Bible study, and are beginning a new year of our large group outreach meeting called club.
YoungLives is our outreach to pregnant and teen moms. They meet every other week for club and have a small group Bible study on Zoom on the off weeks. They had a great camp trip this summer. We are mentoring a number of girls.
WyldLife, outreach to middle school students, is still in its startup phase at Jackson Middle School.
We have three new leaders that will being a small group Bible study in September
1. YoungLives. They feed the moms and babies. Our church could take a week to prepare and serve the meal. They also need childcare so let us know if you would like to hold a baby while a mom hears about Jesus.
2. Alongside MOV Grant – YL is currently in a grant program where we receive money for sharing our story. We get paid for 8 meetings a month. If you want to meet for coffee or lunch to hear our story it would be a big help! The grant ends in February.
Two major themes at the Mission are to provide Emergency Shelter for the homeless and The Key Sober Living Facility. The Key is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. “We are a democratically run, self-supporting, and drug-free residence. The Key represents a remarkably effective and low-cost method of preventing relapse. Our newly renovated facility houses over 30 male residents.”
Latrobe is also running a clothing recycle program that accepts any and all clothing, even tattered and worn. If their own shelter people cannot use the clothes, they are sent on to Canada and then to Third World countries. The Latrobe Shelter is paid a small amount for the clothing, which is a source of revenue for them.
The pantry continues to serve the Marietta area with food, toiletries, clothing and more. This local pantry serves over 200 people weekly in Marietta. Jeff and Candy Waite do an excellent job of touching people’s lives for Jesus, offering prayer and free Bibles to anyone who comes for food assistance. They also have a clothes closet and do local shoebox gifts for needy children at Christmas.
Kim Duskey is a teacher in a local school who has been leading the Bible Club for many years. She genuinely cares for her students and their families. In addition to an after-school club, she tries to expose the children to Christian outreach events and help them learn about the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry.
Women’s Care Center is a Christ-centered medical clinic offering life-affirming choices for pregnancy and sexual health for over 30 years. They have provided 223 ultrasounds this year. Their state-of-the-art facility includes exam and consultation rooms, and a baby boutique where parents can get monthly necessities. WCC earned their AAAHC accreditation last year and are currently in the process of expanding their medical services. An Advocacy Director was hired in 2021 to coordinate volunteer efforts and non-medical programs. In 2022, the first Nurse Practitioner was hired to allow expansion of STI (STD) services. WCC shares the message of abstinence in local schools with over 2,000 students each year. In 2022, the gospel has been shared with 78 individuals.
This contingency fund meets needs not specifically addressed in our conference. We help with unexpected expenses such as flooding or assisting missionaries with an immediate need. This year we helped Richard Jolliff’s church fund a mission trip, shipped boxes of clothing to Street Life, fixed comfort baskets for the medical staff at Marietta Memorial on 3 occasions and helped our friend Tom Demaree with his current prayer walk assignment. This fund helps us respond to outreach needs in a timely manner.