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In The Gap Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Boys & Girls Clubs, Children & Youth, Christianity, Education, Primary & Elementary Schools, Religion, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: The mission of in the gap is to train and equip youth and young adults to effectively influence children, model integrity, be positive leaders, and passionately love Jesus Christ.

Target demographics: elementary children develop positive character through character education classes and after-school Bible Clubs which will empower them to become our next generation of world-changing leaders.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, volunteers gave 15,999 hours of their time to pour into the lives of so many. By God’s favor and blessing our teams were able to minister in 30 different elementary schools and touch the lives of over 11,000 children across Oklahoma City! We were also able to reach an additional 6,500 children in Dallas, Houston, and St. Lucia through children’s programs and a mission’s trip. Over 17,500 children were touched through the work of In The Gap in 2016.

Geographic areas served: Greater Oklahoma City areas, Dallas, Houston, International areas (India and St. Loucia, in 2015-2017)

Programs: Character education classes in elementary schools and positive after-school Bible Club programs.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at In The Gap earlier this year, and I've never been the same since. I witnessed God at work in ways I hadn't seen before, and came home with tools I can use in everyday life. To anyone with a heart for children, a love for learning/teaching, a desire for like-minded Christian community, or a passion to see God's Kingdom furthered on earth--I highly recommend this program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at In The Gap was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life! Through the training, I gained confidence and skills in lesson planning and communication. It was refreshing to be in a spiritually focused environment. It helped me become more firmly grounded in the Bible and my beliefs. ITG definitely gave me a passion for ministry and serving others!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went and volunteered with In the Gap, 8 months out of this last year. It is such an awesome program!!! Not only do they equip us to be world-changers, they give us the opportunity to daily go out and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children each week! I was amazed at how many children were influenced for Jesus. It seemed like almost every week there was a child getting saved or deciding to put good character into practice. It was really neat to get to be a part of it! I would totally recommend In the Gap to those who want to make a difference with their life, overcome fear of public speaking, or just love to work with children. I know that the training and skills I learned there {i.e public speaking, how to share a Bible lesson, how to lead a child to Jesus, learning to work well with a teaching partner, creating lesson plans and so much more!} will be so useful to me the rest of my life!

Priscilla Perky S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Apart from my decision to follow Christ, I can confidently say that attending the Leadership Academy was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only is the cultivated culture there life changing, but I learned priceless tangible skills as God sped up the change in me from the inside out. My friends and family were very surprised by God's work in my life within such a short period of time. Was it easy? Absolutely not! In fact, it may be the hardest experiences you go through in your young adult life, but is knowing and experiencing God worth it? COMPLETELY. This is why I am confident in introducing this organization to my friends! God uses In The Gap to grow and shape us in our various seasons we may be going through if we allow Him. May God be entirely glorified through your life in whatever way He calls!

Katrina P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the mission of In The Gap to point kids to Christ and be positive role models for them. I remember being a kid and all the older young people who made time for me and how much that helped to point my life in the right direction. I support their mission 100% but I don't have the ability to join them in Oklahoma, so my favorite thing about them right now is that they teach ordinary young people to be extraordinary communicators and that allows me to stay connected to their vision and participate with them through their prayer team even though I can't be there.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I observed In The Gap for several years before joining their board of directors. I was impressed by the quality of their Leadership Training Academy and the multiplying effect of equipping high school and college students to effective communicate with children in various settings. I wholeheartedly recommended ITG to anyone who wants to deepen their personal relationship with God and make a significant impact in our world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had an incredible experience serving with this organization. Learned more than I have anywhere else. Most professional non profit I've ever worked with. Deals with conflicts very well.

Julia R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will never be the same because of how God used In The Gap in my life. From the incredibly useful tools and training I learned, to the tight bonds with the other teammates, the little lives I saw changed and spiritual self discipline I grew in, I strongly encourage any other young person, who is serious about God, to attend In The Gap.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with in the gap for a total of 9 months so far. While it can be exhausting at times, I would not trade this experience for anything. It has shown me my potential, helped me grow closer to God and shown me how to lead. Anyone who wants to make an impact should come to In The Gap!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern there for a semester, and In the Gap equipped me with the skills I needed to better teach children the love of Jesus through thorough teaching and real life practice as we taught kids in Oklahoma City public schools. My character was so strengthened during the few months I spent there and God definitely deepened my trust in Him. It was so precious to watch as kids we taught were impacted by the things we shared—and more than that, by our lives. It was an amazing opportunity to be Jesus’ hands and feet to these kids and to lead them to Him!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In The Gap taught me what it looks like to lead by example and by influence. Not only did they show me how it looked, but they taught me how to do it as well! It has been four years since I attended the In the Gap program, but I am still benefiting from the life skills and spiritual lessons that I learned there. While there, some good habits were also developed in my relationship with Jesus that I still follow today. I grew so much in my ability to build relationships through my time at In the Gap. I highly recommend it to any young person desiring to grow and make a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first went to In The Gap because I wanted to be stretched and get out of my comfort zone. After going there for over two years it has done that and so much more. It has given me so much more of a purpose in life. One thing I like about In The Gap is not only does they give you the training and classes to be able to teach but also the hands on practice. All the staff there are so supportive and encouraging. I grew so much in my walk with the Lord during that time. I strongly encourage you to go consider going. It can be a life changing experience as it was for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with In The Gap was amazing! Looking back on the time I spent with them I am so full of joy and gratitude to the Lord for allowing me to have the amazing opportunity!
They strongly promote spiritual growth in everyone who comes through their doors. My time spent with them was the most life changing season in my life. Through all the training and experiences God showed me how much he cares about me personally. I love ITG and the work they are doing reaching out to so many young children, and not only the children but how they equip young people to share Christ love with other is great!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Selina turned to me and said, "I've never done this and I want to right now!" This prison inmate had just heard the gospel and wanted to receive God's gift of salvation. I had 5 minutes with Selina and I've never seen her again. Before attending In The Gap, I wouldn't have had a clue where to turn in the Bible or what to say. Kneeling beside Selina on the concrete floor, I showed her in the Bible how Heaven can be her eternal home and rejoiced with her as she prayed to receive the Lord Jesus as her Savior. I am so grateful for the continuing impact In The Gap has in my life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

God used In The Gap to draw me so much closer to Him. Through In The Gap, God has showed me the joy of resting in Him, the how's of impacting others for Him, and so much more. I've learned how to teach children, communicate truth, lead others, manage time, disciple others, and know God more.
For me, In The Gap has been not only an awesome program, but a springboard into knowing God more deeply and impacting others around me even after the program was over.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to In The Gap for two sessions, and I don't regret it one bit. I loved it so much. I made some amazing friends there, I learned so much new stuff, and mostly, I loved teaching the kids every day and seeing the impact we were making in their lives. God is doing a huge amazing work through In The Gap, and I pray that this organization will only grow bigger and reach to more kids in Oklahoma City and maybe other cities too!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the Gap was a wonderful experience for me as a teacher and as a person. It taught me how to use creativity to teach character whether its telling a story or teaching an object lesson. It was neat to see and hear how the children's lives where changed at home and at school by learning good character. After In the Gap I was able to use the skills that I learned in lesson planning to teach another group how to lead a character camp. The social environment was also encouraging as the staff and the other interns helped to direct me to God for strength and to deepen my relationship with him so that I would have something to give to those that we were serving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In The Gap changed me so much personally. I was shy when I first began and God used this ministry to grow and shape me into a confident speaker and leader for Him. In The Gap is in amazing place that helps you to grow spiritually, mentally and have practical experience in teaching children. I loved being able to inspire and reach the children of OKC as well as reach young adults all around the world and helping them become great leaders where they live. In The Gap is a great place for any young person to go and experience!

2 Sarah367

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern with In the Gap a few years ago and since then have gone on to get my elementary teacher's certification and also taught English in Taiwan for two years. I can't tell you how many times I've pulled from the plethora of teaching methods and ideas I learned during my training at ITG. This ministry is awesome! It gives young people a safe place to experience teaching, learn to serve the community, and most importantly how to share the Gospel.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In The Gap is such an amazing organization! God has truly blessed them and granted them favor with the different schools. That we have the ability to go into public elementary schools and teach the kids character is such a gift!
The atmosphere at In The Gap is so positive and encouraging, which is really helpful in creating an effective learning environment. The skills you learn at In The Gap can be used in everyday life, not just teaching in school. For example, finding the good in others and praising them for it. Instead of just seeing the bad or frustrating parts of a person, which is so easy to do, try to find the good in others. Then once you do, encourage them by saying how you noticed them doing this, helping someone out, speaking kindly, or showing a specific character quality. God opened my eyes and I saw how beat down the kids in these schools are. I was also able to see how just a few kind words encouraged kids to keep going.
It's so easy to call people out on the wrong things they do, but what about the good? Find the good in others and encourage them! You never know how much it might mean to them.
I recommend this organization to everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the Gap is unlike any other organization. The things I have learned while at In the Gap have changed my life. I learned so many things such as, public speaking, how to be a leader, and how to teach kids in a fun and memorable way. I will use each and every one of the skills I have learned for the rest of my life.

The thing I treasure most from my time at In the Gap is my growing relationship with Jesus Christ. I had a relationship Jesus before In the Gap, but it was shallow and it felt like a to-do list relationship - like I had to do certain things for Him to be pleased with me. However, during my time at In the Gap, God became real to me. He showed me that He delights in His children no matter what, He is trustworthy, and that He always keeps His promises.

In the Gap continues to influence its team members and change the society it lives in. The things the team at In the Gap has done can only be explained by the grace of God.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of going through 3 sessions with In The Gap. This has been one of the best thing I could have ever gone through. Yes, it can be exhausting at times and other exhilarating. There is nothing like God using you as a channel to reach hurting kids. Not only are we able to spend countless hours investing inner city kids, but their goal is to help the interns grow. All the extra classes and time was purposefully planned to make the best investment. If you are wanting to see God use you, and grow in your walk with Him, then In The Gap is the place for you! You won't regret it!

1 Gretchen22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As cliche as it sounds, In The Gap was life changing for me. I went very insecure in who I was but came home confident that God had a wonderful plan for me. It was a heart change and it began to affect more than just me. I am so grateful I got to spend two seasons with In The Gap and I will continue to highly recommend it to family and friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ITG is a wonderful organization that helps their community by teaching children the importance of having excellent character.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the Gap changed my life. It opened my eyes to people's needs and gave me the opportunity and training to do something to help. I'm also glad In The Gap was there because it inspired and equiped me to be a better teacher, speaker, and writer today.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a parent, I really value the ministry of In The Gap!! Three of my children have attended ITG for many sessions over the last 5 years. Each time, they have come away as stronger leaders, with a renewed love for God and desire to minister to others! They come home with a passion and confidence that impacts their life! Whether resuming their studies, working, or serving at home or church....the training and life experience that In The Gap offers is a tool they can use for years to come. It helps grow and mature young people in a safe, God honoring environment. I highly recommend In The Gap as a part of your home school or after graduation, to enhance ministry opportunities and equip your young person for wherever their future leads!

1 Michelle411

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! Before attending In The Gap, I had some experience working with children, but I didn't have a lot of confidence as a teacher or communicator. And though I knew it was important to share the Gospel with others and had heard various ways to approach it, it didn't excite me because I had never really done it and was actually afraid I'd miss something or get something wrong. When I came to In The Gap, I got hands on training in sharing the Wordless Book, preparing lesson plans to teach and hundreds of hours to grow in confidence of teaching. With each level of training, I learned to communicate and lead through influence.
Not only do they teach you how to do practical as well as hands-on skills like: deeper lesson planning, exciting storytelling, leading verses or songs for a large group setting and giving a Bible lesson, but they give you the time to practice and apply it immediately through Character Classes at schools and After-School Bible Clubs. And even exceeding the practical side, you have the opportunity to grow in your personal Walk with God and see answers to prayers daily.
In The Gap didn't prepare me just for the time there, but gave me skills I can use where ever I go as well as build my confidence in areas I never thought I needed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The two years I spent serving with In The Gap far exceeded every expectation I had starting out. The staff members are dedicated to giving their best to (and encouraging) the leaders in training. The leaders in training are equipped, sent out into the community, and challenged to serve God with all of their beings. Up to this time in my life, I have never participated in a program that blended intern training, spiritual growth, and community service as well as In The Gap does. Above all the training and experience I received, I appreciated how the focus on God was heavily emphasized. Hardly a day passed without a reminder of why I, as a leader in training, was there serving--because the Gospel and Christ's truth must reach the hearts and minds of children. The training I received at In The Gap equipped me not only to teach children character development in OKC, but has helped equip me to fulfill God's calling upon my life. I would highly recommend serving with In The Gap to any teen or young adult who has a heart to serve the Lord. Serving with In The Gap was not a mistake--it was a life changing decision!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The time I spent at In The Gap left a deep mark on the way that I think and the way I do ministry. I had the opportunity to rub shoulders with young people who love God more than anything and would do anything to serve Him. Their examples of commitment and vision challenge me to this day. During my involvement at In The Gap I learned life lessons that have gone with me into work, ministry, and home life.

If you want to broaden your vision and perspective, go to In The Gap.

If you want to empower the next generation to become world changers for the cause of Christ, support In The Gap.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I signed our children up for a weekend children's program staffed by the In the Gap ministry team. They did a fabulous job of presenting truth at a child's level in a fun and yet controlled setting. We were very pleased and impressed! I highly recommend this ministry!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the Gap is an awesome organization. We have known Chad christiansen for over 6 years. He is a great family man and is also blessed with the leadership of "In the Gap" that has helped many students and staff to be all that God wants them to be. Thank you for all you do Chad and "In The Gap"
To watch the origanization grow over the years has been a wonderful experience to see.

1 Jeff Julie C.

Donor

Rating: 5

In The Gap has been the greatest opportunity for two of our oldest children to grow personally and professionally. God has used this ministry to cultivate incredible growth in their lives enabling them to teach character qualities in Public Schools and to reach children with the Gospel at Bible Clubs. They have applied what they have learned back home in Nebraska. Our oldest daughter put her training to the test in Taiwan, where she served the Lord as a missionary. It helped her especially when she taught in a school where nobody spoke English. Currently, she is the Education Director at In The Gap in Oklahoma City. After our son completed his training with In The Gap, he became the Child Evangelism Fellowship coordinator for the Lincoln Chapter in Nebraska. We thank God for the IMPACT that In The Gap has had on young adults and most of all the children they teach.

2 Megan153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The training and experience I received through this ministry has been invaluable to me as I have pursued God's purpose for my life. The skills, discipline, and confidence I gained during my time in Oklahoma City has enabled me to succeed as a school teacher, a Bible club coordinator, and a full time children's pastor. I am now beginning my own non-profit to help children in the Dallas area. I highly recommend this ministry to anyone who wants to follow God passionately and influence others to do the same.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with or directing children's ministries for more than 15 years, and I have LOVED working with ITG. In the past few years, the ITG team has partnered with us for the THSC Kids Convention, and it has been nothing but a pleasure working with each young person and staff member. I have always been extremely impressed by the skills, creativity, and leadership training that the students are given, and that then oozes out of them constantly! I highly recommend them both for excellent training and professionalism in everything I've seen them undertake.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love In The Gap! The staff and students have a huge heart for children in challenging circumstances. This mentoring group teaches children Godly character in innovative ways in the public school system. Not only does the staff teach and mentor children but they are also personally growing closer to God and learning the art of skillful communication with anyone at a moment's notice.

3 Reese A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participating in the In the Gap program was a major highlight of my high school. Although I only went through two levels, I learned a lot about communication, leadership, and being a team player. I was pushed by my teammates, the incredible children we worked with, and the amazing staff to get out of my comfort zone and grow. The training I received helped me to prepare for a rigorous internship in the business world and a job teaching English and character in Taiwan.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My entire life was changed during my time at In The Gap. The environment and the truth I learned there completely altered my perspective on life. The people and the relationships showed me God's love in a tangible way. And the skills I've learned have made doing life the old way out of the question. No one thing has helped me grow as much as going to In The Gap.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ITG had a great influence on my maturing adult years. Working with In the Gap not only taught me how to teach children; it taught me how to make decisions based on God's Word, showed me the necessity of complete dependency on the Lord, and instilled the same character in my life that we were striving to teach the kids. I think I recieved better preparation for teaching in a classroom than I did in college, and I have used it countless times! ITG is a great program making a difference; not only by teaching children, but by training young people to be leaders.

2 Julia82

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In The Gap is where I learned the truth of God's love, freedom, and sovereignty. I was able to impact the next generation for Christ through their programs while I was there. Because of the belief systems and technical skills I gained first as a volunteer and later as an employee, I am able to shine my light in the professional world! I thank God for the three and a half years I go to witness His work through this incredible nonprofit!

2 MaryJane L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two years with In The Gap and went through all five levels of their training! In The Gap equipped me to be a purposeful communicator that can impact those around me. I loved the time I spent there, and I am so grateful for everything they have done!

4 Joy_44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All of the staff of In The Gap introduced me, and hundreds of interns, to the concept of changing the world. It quickly switched from being just a concept, and became a reality for me. They taught us that we can change the world by loving 1 person or maybe even 1,000,000 people at a time.

It's hard to say how grateful I am for the skills that they have given me, and the truth they poured over us interns. Because of my time at In The Gap, I know how to create dynamic lesson plans, give captivating presentations to both young and old, and how to write informative articles in a fascinating fashion.


Since my time at ITG, my employers have often praised me for my enthusiastic, humorous, and challenging presentations to children in elementary grades. These skills have opened the door for me to train close to 40 girls in junior high and high school in how to share the gospel with children!

If I hadn't attended ITG, I wouldn't have the skills to pursue my career in reaching the next generation. This non-profit has indubitably been a spring board for me, and I look forward to using these skills until kingdom come!

I highly recommend young adults attend In The Gap, and any potential donors give financially to help further the impact they're making!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If there ever was a nonprofit worth your money and time is In The Gap.

In The Gap helps one of the most vulnerable groups: "children". Through character lessons, afterschool bibleschool programs and community outreach In The Gap has managed to effectively change the life of both attendees and volunteers.

Some of the things I got from volunteering with them are:
- Getting to really know God on a personal level
- Sense of community
- Skills that have allowed me to excel in my professional life
- Maturity
- Sense of purpose

Coming here was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

1 Estherina L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first went to In The Gap, it wasn't by my choice as my parents had forced me to go. In my first session, I grew a tremendous amount as a Christian and I realized that God was truly working in this ministry. I wanted to be a part of all He was doing there, so I ended up attending semester after semester for a total of three years. During my time there, I experienced God's love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, His power and so much more. I also saw others experience what it meant to be a child of God. Out of all the twenty-two years I've lived so far, I can honesty say that those three years at In The Gap have been my best.

2 Alfred L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children (ages 2, 4, and 6) have the opportunity to spend time with the staff of In the Gap each summer spending time fellowshipping and singing songs together. The information they have provided to my family regarding how to develop strong character traits in my children has been invaluable and rewarding to making our family stronger. I have also been very impressed by the character I have seen exemplified in the In the Gap staff and have been encouraged that my children have chosen some of these individuals as their role models. Thank you In the Gap for making it a priority to instill character qualities into our next generation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to In the Gap not knowing what to expect. Their training on how to write lesson plans, make a lesson out of what is around you, how to give effective praise and how to engage with children I am still using to this day in my work mentoring teens. For me, they gave me an opportunity to engage with students who need love and sound teaching. We were able to develop relationships through more than just teaching, we also tutored, ate lunch, and played at recess with the students. In the Gap taught me not to just focus on teaching the children, but how to invest in them.

2 Emma34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got the opportunity to work with In The Gap my senior year of high school and the year following. It taught me more about God, people, children, and teaching then I could ever tell! I got to witness and be a part of real life change in not only the lives of the children the program is designed for, but also in my own life and the lives of the staff.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known and admired Chad and Alissa Christiansen (the founders of In The Gap) for many years. Their dedication to mentoring children who are in need of an adult who cares has been a powerful influence in my life. I am so grateful for the influence Alissa had in my life when I was a preteen. There have been many times when I have been blessed by following her example of leadership and gentleness, and her genuine heart when working with children. This ministry is doing great things in OKC, and across the country with the lives this dedicated couple have touched!