Category : American Missions

May 22, 2012


Me and Ruth Abigail at the Nuevo Reto Orphanage in Guatemala. Abigail was abandoned a few weeks ago, and she was taken to this rural orphanage. As soon as Abigail and I made eye contact, there was a special connection. She has such a sweet and fun disposition – it’s hard to believe she was recently abandoned and moved into an orphanage. She is one of 14 orphans at Nuevo Reto, and I hope my Bible Study group will be able to sponsor all of the kids and help the orphanage with a few of its urgent needs through Children’s HopeChest. More on that to come….









April 24, 2012


The Luces Family at Mercy’s Gate in Colorado Springs.



April 23, 2012


This is Carolyn, a volunteer at Mercy’s Gate, meeting with Rodney.  The volunteers at Mercy’s Gate have such loving hearts.



April 22, 2012


This is Cassandra. She came to Mercy’s Gate for help. Look at those eyes….





April 21, 2012


This is Julie Wilson, the Director of Mercy’s Gate.  She oversees the work of the staff and volunteers and, frankly, does a wonderful job. Mercy’s Gate main location is located within Rocky Mountain Calvary Church, which is near the intersection of Austin Bluffs and Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs. You can reach Mercy’s Gate at 719.277.7470, and it’s website is located at  Mercy’s Gate provides the following services:


Food Pantry. Mercy’s Gate provides families with a four day emergency supply of food up to three times each year.


USDA Commodities Program. In partnership with The Emergency Food Asistance Program, Mercy’s Gate helps supplement the diets of low income families by providing a monthly food package.


Financial AssistanceFinancial help is provided through rental, utility, prescription assistance, medical co-pays, and transportation.


Faith Community Nurse. A registered nurse is available to assess health care needs, provide prescription assistance, and to link our clients with community resources.


Legal AdviceAn attorney is available every Thursday morning at Mercy’s Gate to assist with legal advice.


Financial Counseling. Mercy’s Gate has volunteer counselors available throughout the week to provide budgeting help.


Tax PreparationDuring tax season, Mercy’s Gate provides free tax return preparation for low income households through our VITA Tax Program.


Seasonal ProgramsAnnual Comminity Health Fair and Back to School Program (August), Thanksgiving Baskets (November), Home for the Holiday Christmas Program (December).


Heart Training Mercy’s Gate ministers to the whole person, spirit, soul, and body, through teaching, training, and prayer.



April 15, 2012


This is William, who has been going through a rough time. He came to Mercy’s Gate for help.



April 14, 2012


The food pantry at Mercy’s Gate.


Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  – James 2:15-16.



April 13, 2012


Staff from Mercy’s Gate meet with a “neighbor” to discuss the crisis he is going through. The staff reviews the factors that lead to the crisis, pray with him, determine what resources Mercy’s Gate has available for him, share the Gospel, and point him to other resources in Colorado Springs. This is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to helping people in crisis.



April 12, 2012


This is Tehara. She is going through a rough time and needs helping with her rent payment. She came to Mercy’s Gate in Colorado Springs, and she received rent assistance and groceries from the food pantry. A volunteer prayed with Tehara and shared the Gospel with her. I am impressed how effectively Mercy’s Gate meets the real needs of people going through crisis.



April 11, 2012


Mercy’s Gate provides rent assistance to people who are unable to make rent. The ministry has limited funds, and it is unable to meet the needs of all the people who needs a helping hand. Here, a volunteer at Mercy’s Gate is praying with a client who receives rent assistance. Mercy’s Gate is careful to minister to people’s physical and spiritual needs.