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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Personal Social Services

Mission: Narrow Gate Foundation holds to a single core purpose: to invest our resources for the Glory of God by making disciples of Jesus. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering Christian discipleship, we equip and train young men, develop business discipleship platforms, and serve local church communities.

Results: We've served over 300 young men and their families in the past 12 years. On top of the 24/7 disicipleship experience offered through Narrow Gate Lodge (for young men ages 18-25), we've also launched Narrow Gate Artisans (www.ngartisans.com). Narrow Gate Artisans exists to glorify God by discipling Narrow Gate graduates in Kingdom business and craftsmanship, and by providing a sustainable source of support to our parent organization, the Narrow Gate Foundation. Our products made of wood, leather, and metal represent raw materials which have been transformed into vessels of usefulness and beauty - just like the young men who participate in the Narrow Gate Lodge experience. Most recently, we launched our Servants Table initiative which is a unique disciple-making model, run in partnership with local churches, that creates transformative communities for the purpose of equipping individuals to come together and serve one another as they grow in maturity in Christ. Learn more at www.servantstable.org

Target demographics: young men, their families and churches

Direct beneficiaries per year: young men on our property, hundreds in local congregations and many more through speaking engagements and social media

Geographic areas served: Discipleship Ministry

Programs: personal discipleship, models for the local church and businesses that help young men get employment and learn how to allow their Christian worldview to impact the business world

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 Sarah337

Client Served

Rating: 5

My brother attended Narrow Gates this past year (2016 ),and it has been life changing, for he and our relationship. My brother dropped out of college to pursue music which didn't turn out like he expected and without a college degree I watched his self confidence plummet. He found a place among a crowd of partiers, which were not a good influence. It broke my heart to watch my best friend slowly lose his joy for life, thinking it was found in the nightlife. He wasn't the brother I knew anymore. After a lot of prayers, a few wonderful people entered his life, and told my brother about Narrow Gates. My brother recently graduated and his love for life his back! His mind, soul and heart are wise, sound and full of abundant joy. He now has two jobs, is active in his church and feels called to lead in ministry one day. Most important, his relationship with God is stronger than ever. He no longer carries a weight of guilt around for he knows God loves him regardless. Narrow Gates changed my brother's life. The leaders, teachers, and skills the boys learn at Narrow Gates will help any young man in life, and I recommend this beautiful place in a heartbeat!

Christine M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place changed my brothers life ! He was really struggling and this place gave him passion, purpose, and a foundation in Christ.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate is THE BEST!! Before my husband and I dropped our son off at Narrow Gate last year, we were scared, mentally exhausted, and feeling hopeless. Our 23-year-old son had been struggling with substance abuse and addiction for many years, and had experienced failure after failure. He was lost, and so were we.
When we arrived at Narrow Gate, we were greeted by an amazing group of young men, students at Narrow Gate. They were all so friendly, polite, respectful, and they looked and seemed happy and healthy. We were impressed. And then, we got to meet the staff and hear more about what to expect during the next eight months for our son. We were further impressed by the wonderful staff. We sensed their commitment and dedication, and how much they genuinely cared for and believed in these struggling young men. When we left our son there at Narrow Gate that first day, we drove off feeling at peace and a sense of hope.
As the weeks and months went on, we witnessed a transformation in our son! It was absolutely amazing! He was an immature 23-year-old kid, with no direction or purpose when he started there, and transformed into a mature, respectful MAN, with direction, a purpose, a positive identity of himself in Christ, and equipped to function as a mature adult in this world. He learned about responsibility and hard work, and how to get along well with others, and problem solving. He enjoyed learning skills like woodworking, welding, cooking, budgeting money, resume writing, and more. He also loved studying and digging deep into God's word. He enjoyed the camaraderie and lifelong bonds and friendships that he formed while at Narrow Gate. And he met so many incredible people along the way! For a young man who wasn't so sure he wanted to even go to Narrow Gate, he later expressed many times how very glad he did!!
I really cannot say enough good things about Narrow Gate Lodge! It truly was a life changer for our son!! I highly, HIGHLY recommend this to other young men who are struggling in this world, no matter what the reason is. ❤️ Narrow Gate Foundation ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate is an amazing organization that helped my son and our whole family. We couldn't be MORE pleased and thankful for the entire team at Narrow Gate! We will be actively promoting and suggesting NG to other young men who are facing challenges in their lives.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 21-year-old son, Landon Upchurch, began his journey at Narrow Gate in January 2017. He is a hard worker but floundered in finding his work passion and was struggling greatly spiritually. Basically he was stuck in a rut on many levels and nothing we did seemed to lift him out. Once we learned about Narrow Gate he quickly submitted an application as he was ready to make life changes. After the process of applying he learned he had been accepted and we were all thrilled. Currently he has a few weeks remaining in his 9-month stay and he is completely changed. He has gained spiritual depth and insight and wants to help others grow in their faith and learn the things he's been taught. He has gained a sense of confidence socially and has been empowered to start moving toward his dreams in a new career. This has absolutely been the best program he could have ever been a part of. Not only has he changed but our entire family has also grown in our faith as we see the great things God has done during our son's time at Narrow Gate. We are so thankful that God used Narrow Gate to rescue our son.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't think there are enough stars on here to rate this place. Through God, Bill and Stacy Spencer along with the rest of the Narrow Gate staff led me to find God and establish my relationship with Him. I'm so grateful to Narrow Gate and the wonderful environment it is that allows us to hear the voice of God. I'm a changed man leaving Narrow Gate and the work doesn't stop here! So blessed!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My son attended Narrow Gate from 7/16-2/17. At the graduation ceremony I witnessed both the growth toward maturity in Christian and the firm grasp God has on his heart. What a blessing it is to see hope on my son’s face, peace in his heart and joy in his life again. I have always known God had a special plan for Christian’s life and to see him embrace that challenge and confidently walk where God leads is an answer to years of tearful, anguished prayer.

I quickly realized Christian had become more than just a “new and improved” version of my son. I felt like I had to get to know him again because he had become a new creation…as if he had truly been born again. For the first time he spoke passionately about his love of learning scripture and how he experienced God’s unconditional love. Christian so eloquently described to me how Galatians 2:20 changed the way he understood that he was created to live for Christ, not just for himself. He was free from the chains of his past, his future is full of possibilities and wanted to live a life of faith that pleased God.

If you had told me six years ago I would get the chance to write these words about Christian, to witness his rebirth and dare to have hope for his future, I am not sure I would have believed you. But here we are eight months later and I get to write and say thank you Narrow Gate Staff for giving Christian the hope of a bright future, the faith that moves mountain and the love found only in Christ. Thank you for helping Christian become a new creation.

I want to express how grateful I am for the life-changing program at Narrow Gate. I am grateful that Christian was willing to work hard, let go of entangling sin, listen to God’s voice and surrender his life to Christ. I am grateful to the staff that have poured knowledge into Christian and been outstanding role models for him. I am grateful for Bill and Stacy's commitment to these young men. I am grateful that God is who he says He is...able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can imagine.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I graduated Narrow Gate last year, and though already being a believer in Christ, I still had many unresolved questions, doubt and a battle with depression that I couldn't seem to identify or overcome. Narrow Gate gave me the opportunity to grow in my relationship with not only God, but my fellow believers as well. It helped me get off of the island that I seemed trapped on and gave me a community that I desperately needed. One that was freely accepting and willing to work with me where I was at and who were more than willing to encourage and push me to higher things. Narrow Gate started me on a journey that will last the rest of my life and helped me find who I was and what my place was in the world. I am grateful that this ministry exists.

3 Kenny4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Kenny Bowling and I graduated Narrow Gate in June 2016. I was already a believer walking with The Lord but fear and condemnation were controlling my life and I felt trapped. Every time I read the bible it seemed like the scriptures would come against me and put me in more bondage than before I read them. Narrow Gate was a very practical place that held supernatural faith. It provided an opportunity to hear truth for 8 months non stop, and really seek out The hard questions that had been haunting me for about 2 years. I was set on a trajectory course from narrow gate toward freedom and truly embracing who I am as a child of God that has been adopted and purchased from death. I no longer walk in condemnation. I now know that my sins have been washed away and I have been reborn to walk in newness of life! I am thankful for all that God has done in my life through Narrow Gate!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a graduate from Narrow Gate Foundation and can say with absolute certainty that it is the best decision I've ever made!
I truly learned about my identity in Christ and what it means to be a man of God. It is an open and loving environment for everyone and is a tremendous blessing in my life.

4 Andrew97

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Narrow Gate from July 2016- February 2017. After graduating college I allowed myself to be controlled by depression and suicidal thoughts and I did not know where to turn. I found Narrow Gate and was told that Jesus was the true answer to everything. I knew God, but did not trust him or believe that he could even help. It was through intensive biblical studies, living in a community that was completely centered on understanding God, and developing a relationship with Jesus that my entire life changed. I learned who God says I am and what He has called me to do! Narrow Gate pointed me to the truth in a way that challenged all my beliefs and allowed me to mold into the disciple that I am today. I will forever be grateful for the things that Narrow Gate has instilled in me. However, the true glory goes to my Father in heaven.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was raised in a family who knew very little about Jesus. With my family values driven by trial and error, the atmosphere surrounding our home seemed to choke the life out of me. I acquired a deep yearning for change, and I found that change at Narrow Gate Foundation. *calming exhale* Throughout the program, I developed a confluent understanding of both head knowledge and heart knowledge surrounding my past, present, and future circumstances. Turns out, Jesus was there the entire time! What a breath of relief it is to know that I'm not alone through times of praise and pain. I have, at Narrow Gate Foundation, discovered my identity and purpose in life, and I can't thank this family enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a recent graduate of Narrow Gate, and initially asked to go there because of the incredible change he saw in another young man he knew. I love that NG starts out with going back to the basics and builds from there. They teach life skills and what it practically means to be a follower of Christ, provide in-depth Bible teachings, activities and excursions, and encourage each individual's personality to shine while building relationships. It is an awesome gift to watch the transformation happen in these young men, and also see them continue in this practice of helping others. Narrow Gate is a gift--to families, communities, and ultimately the world. Thank you, Narrow Gate, for your investment in the lives of our kids. Forever grateful.

7 peggycbradley

Board Member

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Narrow Gate! The time and love they poor into these young men while they are there and even after they leave are beyond words! This is a God Centered Ministry that you can definitely see God working it every single day! When our son was there I had such peace and rest knowing he was being loved and cared for in such a way that I would love and care for him! These people devote 24/7 nonstop attention to these young men and as a foster parent myself for the last 13 years I know exactly how exhausting and how much time it takes from you! But the reward is watching them do well! I can say that when these young men Narrow Gate they are forever changed and they know their place in Gods Kingdom! Narrow Gate my family is forever devoted to you for what y'all have done and giving up to do what you do! God Bless & we love you! Thank you! Peggy Bradley in Odessa Texas

7

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have supported Narrow Gate for the past several years. We have been fortunate to have witnessed first-hand young men’s lives being changed. When we visit the Narrow property you can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit at work. Bill and Stacy Spencer are incredible servants of our Lord and are remarkable stewards to His incredible blessings for Narrow Gate.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been connected with Narrow Gate for 11 years. It has been amazing to watch this great non profit grow all because of their faith in Christ and allowing God to lead them on this journey. Even though I do not have a son that has gone through the program yet, (he is 11 and I call hm NG JR in training) we visit when we can and are truly embraced by compassionate hearts and the love of Christ. As a family, we have met some of the young men along the way and followed their journey. Narrow Gate is life changing, inspirational, encouraging, and God driven. Many, many young men that have gone through the program have been a big ripple effect across our world today. The impact is priceless.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate is the most indescribable experience one can have as a part of their faith journey. The Holy Spirit has filled that property with outstanding leaders who are nothing but faithful to the end. Its an opportunity to witness God's miracle of saving young men and transforming them to be a witness for His Glory. Its an opportunity to get away from the world and be shown the spiritual realm of His Holiness, which is eye opening to see that spiritual warfare exist everyday no matter where you are. But while you are there and upon graduation you exit knowing God is with you wherever you go and most importantly we know the end of the story, HE WON the WAR! I am a Narrow Gater and if you feel like there's something more out there but don't quite know what that maybe, this experience will enlighten you. Back ground doesn't matter because staff knows it just Him writing out His Story. There is fear for each individual but that is quickly overcome by Him. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind." (2Tim. 1:7) Go and see that God is GOOD!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First visited Narrow Gate when it was about 6 months old. Bill and Stacy are the top of the chain in Carrying for kids that need some help and a little push..I still have contact with some of the original guys to go through Narrow
Gate and they are pillows of the community and Christian young men..They have more success stories and the other..This is a great group and we moved and do not get to see them and cook for them anymore. A great Christian study camp and an experience you will never forget..Love you guys and gals..God is great

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Daryl and I learned about Narrow Gate when Bill Spencer and a few Narrow Gate graduates shared their stories one Sunday morning at church. We were deeply moved to hear about how God was transforming young men's lives through this ministry, and we knew we wanted to get involved. Within a few weeks we made our first visit to Narrow Gate and had a chance to spend some time with these guys. What an incredible group of young men! It is so evident that Bill, Stacy and the staff care so deeply about the character development and growth of the guys, and have created an environment of trust and love that allows each of them to discover who they are and how they can best use the gifts they have been given. We can't say enough good things about Narrow Gate!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate was the tool God used to shape me into the man I am today. Without the foundational truths and values I learned here as a student I wouldn't be where I'm at in life.