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Monday, January 28, 2013

How to Help the Gospel Ministry of Gateway

1. Praying! 

a) Question: Are you praying?

b) Prayer Needs for the Centers: • Wisdom • Unity of Purpose • Financial Support • Board of Directors • Volunteer Staff

2. Having a Baby Shower for Gateway 

 a) Who benefits? • Gateway Pregnancy Centers • The women we serve • The ladies who attend

  b) How do they benefit? They get to hear about the ministry. • They are encouraged to do something tangible for the women Gateway serves • They realize the importance of one person in ‘doing ministry’

  c) When is the best date and time? • You choose – it depends on the availability of your church group

  d) Who to invite? • All ladies in the church – teens included! 

  e) Should the gifts be wrapped? • It’s easier for us at Gateway if they were not wrapped, but some have pre-wrapped them and opened them at the shower

  f) Should you invite a speaker from Gateway? • Absolutely! We’ve attended many showers and it’s fun for all.

  g) What are good gift ideas? • Baby wipes • Diaper rash cream • Tee shirts and baby sleepers (sizes up to 18 months) • Baby bath towels, wash cloths • Crib sheets, blankets, comforter sets • Bibs, Receiving blankets • Bottles • Baby shampoo • Small diaper bags • Baby monitor • Diapers • Teething rings • Infant car seats • Porta-cribs • New cribs with /without a mattress

  h) What items should be avoided? • Used items • Baby furniture other than what’s listed above • Toys • Baby shoes

  i) What happens during a typical Gateway Baby Shower? • Open in prayer and a word of Scripture • Grab food or snacks • Open gifts • Hear from the Gateway speaker – about 10 minutes on how these gifts make a difference in real lives • Present the gifts • The Gateway representative or a Gateway volunteer associated with your church can bring the gifts to our Irvington location, where they are stored prior to distribution.

3. Host a volunteer training seminar at your church! 

a) A recent study revealed that 70% of evangelical pastors feel that the crisis pregnancy center is the best approach to ending the abortion holocaust, but only 30% of these pastors have ever supported such a center. This is your great opportunity!

b) What does it take to train volunteers? • training material (notebook, brochures, videos, guest speakers) • the trainer • 18 hours of Biblically sound training • You Supply: • a minimum of 6 trainees • $25 fee per trainee ($35 per married couple) • one large room, comfortable for 10 people, with • tables, chairs, and a chalkboard • We supply: • the trainer • the training material • 18 hours of Biblically sound training

4. Take the Volunteer Training Course! (mentioned in point 3, above)

5. Recycle inkjet printer cartridges and raise funds for Gateway! • Most of us have inkjet printers at home or work. Next time when you have an empty cartridge, don’t throw it away… Put the cartridge in a Ziploc bag or the original cartridge box to be recycled and bring it to Gateway, or give it to a representative of Gateway at your church!

6. Host a “Support-Raising” coffee !
• Coffee and cookies are served. • Our director will share briefly (10-minutes) about the ministry, and answer questions. • A challenge for involvement is given, including role -playing, counseling techniques, and source documentation. • For the gathering, one large room, comfortable for 10 people, with tables, chairs, and a chalkboard, would be needed. • Members excited about doing Gods work, with tangible local ways to get involved! • Peer-counseling training, which will benefit the whole church! • On-site involves more who may otherwise not travel to Gateway! • A few days later, our director contacts each guest, and asks if they wish to become personally/financially involved. • No pressure, just an invitation given. The more that attend, the greater the opportunity for “friend-raising.”

Please contact Dean Gavaris, Director of Gateway Pregnancy Centers, for additional details / Email: dean@gateway.org Telephone: (973) 399 8378

Source: Gateway website: www.gateway.org / February 17, 2009