3 years ago...
we resolved to invest fully, creatively and sacrificially in our greatest treasure: Lifegate’s children and the future generations to come.
It was a Big and Real Step of Faith.
A true sacrifice. Looking back, we are astounded by God's favor and your faithfulness.
How did it go?
Keep scrolling to find out the Return On Investment (ROI) we've already seen in the 3 areas God put on our hearts!
RENOVATED KIDS SPACES
Each campus has brand-new or newly updated kids rooms that are fresh, bright and purpose-built for kids to have fun and experience the love of Jesus! Often, we hear of kids bringing their families back to Lifegate because they had so much fun and feel seen and loved.
STREAMLINED CHECK-IN AREAS
All of our campuses now feature touch screen kiosks with contactless check-in options and super fast name tag printers to get families into church quicker and with no frustrations. The West Dodge Kids Check-In was even relocated to reduce the amount of walking families now have to do!
SECURED KID'S MINISTRY ROOMS
The safety and security of our kids was woven in from the very beginning of our planning for new kids spaces and has been greatly enhanced through Lasting Impact. We’ve eliminated fragmentation of kids spaces and have created secure zones at each campus for our children.
NEW SCHOOL ENTRANCE
The west side of our West Dodge Campus now has an entrance just for LCS. Every day our 428 students pass through these doors on their way to learn and grow both academically and spiritually. This new, secure entrance also attaches to the new school offices and front desk.
NEW SCHOOL COMMONS
After rotating through no less than 4 locations for temporary lunchrooms borrowed from church spaces, the school finally has a dedicated cafeteria and kitchen! This brand new space has high ceilings and natural light; providing a great place for kids to eat and catch up with their friends.
Lifegate Fremont - our sixth campus - opened it’s doors to the community on Christmas Eve, 2020. Getting to this point was a three year effort of prayer and faith that often looked impossible. God heard our prayers and answered with the perfect building and construction that was able to proceed even during the pandemic - a true miracle! Currently more than 200 people attend Fremont on a weekly basis!
NOVI SAD YOUTH CENTER
Early on in our Lasting Impact initiative we were able to provide funds for the creation of a Youth Center in Novi Sad, Serbia! It’s been in use since 2019 and provides space for Serbian youth to be encouraged and mentored while having a lot of fun!
THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Now that Covid has taken center-stage it’s easy to forget that by the end of 2016 the world was gripped by a refugee crisis with more displaced people than after WWII. We were able to resource our Serbian Campuses as they cared for Syrian and Iranian refugees passing through their cities in search of a better life. Many had transformational encounters with Jesus because of this.
SAFE HOUSE IN INDIA
We partnered with a phenomenal ministry in India and provided funds for the operation and upkeep of a safe house where nearly 100 women have been rescued and begun their journey of healing after lives of exploitation and trafficking. Many of these women have children of their own and this has broken the cycle of injustice in their lives as well.
TRAFFICKING IN OUR REGION
In addition to what we were able to do in India, we’ve begun to resource a safe house in our own area that is a critical refuge for individuals who have just been rescued from trafficking. The love and healing of Jesus are being experienced in a very real way through this effort. We receive calls on a weekly basis about a new person wanting to escape trafficking.
All that you’ve just read and seen was made possible by your generosity combined with God’s favor! It’s truly awe-inspiring to look back at what has been accomplished through our unified pursuit of this BIG God idea!
Guess what? Even though we’ve crossed the 3-year finish line for the initiative, we’re just getting started in making a Lasting Impact!
Raising up World Changers, having an Outrageous Reach in our region and Intercepting Injustice in our world are an integral part of who God has called us to be as a church. The Lasting Impact Initiative was our big initial investment in these areas which will continue to gain momentum as we seek God and follow where He leads.
Lifegate, you are so faithful and it has been a true privilege to lead you on this 3 year journey of sacrifice and faith.
I’m proud of you. I’m thankful for you. Each gift and each prayer you have invested is having a Lasting Impact that will be felt by Future Generations to come!