This year marks one of City Gates most productive years thanks to all who have come forward to help people in need. Through City Gates, God is uniting believers in following Jesus’ command to “Go!” You are part of over 45 churches that have joined together in one way or another to extend physical provision as well as spiritual support for people in need. What an awesome work God is doing through you!
We cannot thank you enough for the volunteers that participated in our Back to School Backpack Give Away on August 22. Over sixteen churches helped 200-plus low income children receive backpacks filled with school supplies. In addition, over fifty-feet of tables were piled with clothes for kids – collected from your generous donations throughout the past eight months. Kids and parents filled their bags with clothes to help them start the school year in style. Thanks again to Hair Dressers on a Mission for Eternity for their free haircuts andOlympia Walgreens for their free flu shots.
I’m excited to announce CGM’s 5th Annual Fall Harvest Auction on November 2nd. The members of the Washington Land Harbor Yacht Club have been valuable partners with CGM for some time and this year have donated their facility for our auction. We invite you to come to share in the fun and fellowship. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online, by phone with Danielle at (702) 241-7624, or mail your tickets request to City Gates, 1910 East 4th Ave SE, #108, Olympia, WA 98506. Also, be sure to purchase your $5.00 raffle tickets. The winner receives a night for four plus $360 gift certificate to Great Wolf Lodge.
All proceeds from the auction go to help people in our community. We also thank Great Wolf Lodge for their generous donation of 600 Simons queen mattresses that will help our furniture ministry and will be shared with our ministry partners, Furniture Bank of Thurston County, and The Timothy Team. As donations continue to come they become a tool to reach out to our community, like the 500 cases of Girl Scout cookies that are now pouring out to the street ministry and are reaching organizations like Family Support Services, Community Youth Services, Faith Harvest Helpers, Safe Place, Capital Recovery, and churches who partner with us to help people in need.
While we continue to reach out we meet people like 19-year old Veroniqa who spent most of her life in foster care and ended up in Olympia after running away from her mother. By divine appointment she was directed to CGM where she accepted Christ and is now working on building a new life. In addition to the mission field on the street, CGM was recently introduced to a family who was referred to us from the Hemophilia Foundation. We were intrigued by their efforts and feel a call to launch a campaign to help people struggling with debilitating medical circumstances. Already your donations of food, detergents, diapers, clothes, hygiene products and furniture are beginning to go out to help families who are struggling with crushing medical expenses which may not be covered by insurance.
Finally, I ask for your prayers as I prepare to leave with a team of missionaries from Faith Assemblies of Lacey for Lurin, Peru on October 18. Thank you to all who contributed to this two-week mission that will be rebuilding a church that was destroyed by an earthquake. We met our goal of collecting $10,000 for pallets of bricks and supplies; they have already been sent ahead and are awaiting our arrival. I look forward to bringing back a fresh perspective on integrating the mission concept into what CGM is already doing. I anticipate great things to come from this trip to benefit CGM and our mission here in Olympia.
We are learning that America is ripe for the mission field and we have already experienced missionaries coming from other countries like Brazil to minister the Gospel here on our own streets. As evidence of our great need, the widely discussed PEW Research Center, PEW Research: Religion and Public Life released in 2012, marked an alarming increase in “none” (those claiming no religious affiliations).
Further, “none” was the only demographic bloc to rise in percentages in every single state when rating religious groups, thus constituting the only true national trend. Having been an exporter of faith for so many generations, it’s difficult to think of America as a needy mission field, but that is precisely what it is becoming. Please pray and assist CGM as we continue to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ among those who need Him so much.