Narrow Gate is a place where I could disconnect from the noise of this world and be reconnected to God, interacting with his creation and growing as a person with guys from across the US. I am forever grateful for the new lease on life that I experienced through the saving grace and power of Jesus Christ while at Narrow Gate. If you are looking for the next step in life as a young man and want more out of life, considering joining this family!
My son graduated from Narrow Gate in 2005. He came to Narrow Gate lost and needing purpose and Identity. HE FOUND IT IN CHRIST! Narrow Gate is a safe place to discover who God is and build a relationship with Christ. Narrow Gate not only changed my son's life but changed my whole family's life. My husband and I serve on the board of Narrow Gate. I have been working for Narrow Gate for 13 years. One of my daughters married a Narrow Gate graduate. God has blessed my family so much through Narrow Gate. God is alive and growing young men to be disciples of Christ at Narrow Gate!
Before Narrow Gate I was so lost in wordly things, heavily addicted to drugs. I am so thankful for what Narrow Gate has done for me, bringing me to know Jesus. I now have a true relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ. I am a new person with an identity thru Jesus.
The Lord is good, and the Lord is active. These truths came alive to me through the staff and students during my time here. Before I encountered Jesus here I was in a spiral of depression and passivity with no direction in life. But Jesus has called and chosen me to a better life; a life of loving others and close relationship with the Father. I truly did find my purpose in life in the environment of love and community here at Narrow Gate.
When I first got to Narrow Gate I was in a mess that I created by trying to live my own deceitful life. Narrow Gate helped lead me to Jesus and when I found Him my life completely changed. I now know that my life is to be lived for Jesus, I know who I am and who's I am.
I didn’t spend a long time here, I was not at all a fan of the teaching. I left after they tried convincing me that my life long love for music was an “idol” that I needed to completely give up. They basically try to convince you to give up everything that makes you an individual, then they take that person and mold it into their product. I watched it happen to my classmates. Narrow Gate is a fitting name, there’s one gate shaped one way and you either go thru and lose everything, or you get out of the way. I wasn’t bullied or anything, they treated me decently and I had some good times with my classmates. The director and his wife were gone basically my entire time there, the only person we always had access to was an early 20s staff member who was once a student himself. I’ve heard a handful of horror stories about stuff that went on there, but my short experience was pretty tame and disappointing. Idk what Narrow Gate’s future is but I hope it can fall into some capable hands because it’s a great idea in theory.
Narrow Gate is a place full of transformational experiences and God's handiwork. My husband, Scott, went through the program years ago and it saved his life. Still being involved in the ministry years later, we've seen the fruit of continual dedicated relationships and seeing God change the lives of young men. God is constantly doing something great at Narrow Gate which is clearly seen in the fruit of the students and staff.
My name is Joshua Garvin, and I am 18 years old. I came here pretty much right out of high-school, and my dad had passed away just two years prior. I was completely lost, with no identity of my own. I was afraid. Fear was ruling my life, and I made a lot of mistakes. But then, in the very intentional and loving environment that was provided here. I met Jesus. I learned about who God really is, and not just who I thought He might be. I learned about grace, and how I have been saved by the blood of Jesus. In Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. And finally the biggest thing I learned, was how much God really loves me. That I don't have to be someone else, or be ashamed of who I am. God wants me, and He says that "I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God" (Ephesians1:4). I now have an identity to live in, as well as a purpose to fulfill.
Thank you Narrow Gate for showing and reminding me that there is more to life than just living day to day without a purpose. I had grown up in the church and had all the opportunities of taking God's word to heart. But I never really took the time to actually dig and come up with my own faith, and over the years I had made it a religion instead of a relationship. Thank you for helping me see my identity in Christ, and giving me the time to ask the questions that I had. And giving me the tools to go deep and answer those questions that I had.
Through Narrow Gate I found community, my purpose, and most importantly a deeper relationship with God. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to have my life changed forever by God in the setting provided by Narrow Gate.
God has used Narrow Gate to change my life forever! In the short 8 months of me being here God has allowed me to experience things that I could have never dreamed of, a community of brothers, pure joy, knowing what love is and how to love others. God has blessed me with Narrow Gate because this is the place that God knew that I would best get to know Him. Narrow Gate has provided a place that I could get neutral and discover a relationship with God. Narrow Gate has also given me the opportunity to learn how to work in construction with woodworking and work in the metal shop to work with metal! God has used Narrow Gate to change my life forever and I am forever grateful.
Before I came to Narrow Gate, I was struggling with depression, anxiety, and self hatred of myself. I didn't think I could love anyone or be loved by anyone. On the surface you wouldn't have been able to tell, because I had a pretty good mask. Coming to Narrow Gate was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Through them showing me the love the Jesus Christ had for me, and for God showing up in a real and personal way, I overcame a lot of struggles and obstacles. I overcame my depression, anxiety, and self-hatred and learned a good deal about myself in the process. I learned how to pray well and fervently. I learned how to read and study the Bible. I learned how to hear God's voice. This experience is unlike anything I've ever experienced and I am a better man for it. I am indebted to everyone at Narrow Gate and Jesus Christ my lord and savior. Thank you for loving me and for all you have done for me. You will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you!
The culmination of events leading up to me going to Narrow Gate had me thoroughly convinced I was not worth of a healthy life in Christ. After arriving here and experiencing the Grace of God through the staff and walking with other young men who, also had similar experiences to mine has enlightened me in ways I would have never thought possible. Life is about more than what you or I want, which can so easily be forgotten in Americas throw away society, life is about creating lasting relationships with people and sharing the life we receive from God with other people so that they too can experience life abundant. I am so thankful far Narrow Gate.
God, thank you for the Narrow Gate Foundation.
I was lost in the world; Atheistic, prideful, and consumed by the dark abyss of despair. I decided to follow Jesus and he began to guide me down this path of salvation that we call "The Way". God sent a graduate of Narrow Gate out to a small farm in Colorado where I happened to be staying. He had something- a peace, a steadfastness, a confidence- that I knew I needed. It turned out to be the Holy Spirit and the gifts He wanted to give me. I applied, got accepted, and have been learning to live loved ever since...
I found a sanctuary here where I was able to learn and know the heart of God in a true and intimate way, all distraction free. The guidance I've received from my spirit-filled mentors and the unconditional love they have shown me has changed me forever, all thanks to the God who unconditionally loves us all, who became a man to conquer death and sin for all of us.
Thank you Jesus! and thank you Narrow Gate!
Narrow gate has showed me God in many ways. It has been an experience that I hope many other young men can experience. Through my time at Narrow Gate I've been set free from the chains of this world and been shown God's grace; that no matter how far gone I thought I was, God had a plan for me this whole time. Narrow Gate is a place where the staff is constantly pouring out the love of Jesus into young men. Showing them that they can fall madly in love and form a relationship with Jesus. I've seen God work through this place in bringing the dead to life and mending broken relationships. Through this place God has shown me that I have a purpose beyond myself and that God is my cornerstone. Jesus has saved me from death!
Narrow Gate Lodge is an outstanding place to step back and experience God! The staff and pastors are amazing disciple makers furthering the kingdom by loving God and loving others!
Hey my name is Andrew Freund. I was seeking for something in my life to satisfy me and quench my thirst of wanting to be loved and accepted by everyone. I tried video games, sports and relationships that left me depressed and wanting more. Nothing in this world could fulfill this desire for love like Christ can. I truly met the God who created all when Narrow Gate gave me the oppurtunity to truly meet him. Narrow Gate helps you to walk with God, they are not a place of correction or a rehab. I have learned so much about Gods character and who I am. Thanks to Narrow Gates help I know where God has called my life to go. Highly recommend this beautiful 120 acres to people who are willing to let go and give your life to God.
Narrow Gate has forever changed my life in a way that I will forever be grateful for. It is here that I met God and began forming a relationship with Him. The amazing people here helped tremendously in that process of discovering God. I have never met more kind, sacrificial, and Christ-like people than I have at Narrow Gate. I have felt more alive these past 8 months than I have for the previous 25. I cannot wait to share the life that God has given me with others.
I have been at this program, Narrow Gate Foundation for the last 8 month, taking time away from the world and it’s distractions so that I can be putting that time into building a relationship with Christ that is more than I ever thought it could be. It has been an adventure.
For years I’ve known and seen him do amazing things in my life. But I never understood how to “build” that relationship with him. When I came to Narrow Gate I thought I was coming to “fix and put back together” my life. But early on in the program I learned that I was here for a much bigger reason. I was here to get to know God so intimately and personally that I would never have to ask again “Who are you”. (John 21:12) and it is true been happening.
I have been leaning who He is ,what he thinks of me and the purpose of why he put me here. I have been freed from a lifestyle that my worth is based on how well I can do. To a way of being that is what He says I am. I am His Son, I am His Friend and He calls me righteous. No matter what I’ve done (or what I’m ever going to do) is going to take me out of His hands.
Now I can go to him and just talk with and explore his word with Him. My purpose in life is to love those who are put in my life. Not so they will love me back but because they need it and that love can only come from the One.
I am so great fulfilled to all the people that have poured into me in and have provided a space that I was able to meet God in a new way that I have never had before.
So now it’s on to the next adventure and I’m going to be with God every step of the way
I came to Narrow Gate hoping to fix myself, but what I found was that as Jesus healed me from depression, loneliness, shame, and trauma was that life is not about me. Jesus has repaired me to now live out through me, and my life will never be the same. At Narrow Gate I was given the space to discover these things in a community of believers who love like crazy!
My introduction to Narrow Gate came through a mission trip at work. We are home builders and the Lodge needed to add a few guest houses, well, tree houses to be exact. The whole mission of Narrow Gate is to take young men and help them focus on why God made them and what to do with His gifts. Wow, that for a young man can be a life changer!
The concept of breaking down life into the bare essentials and then building on a firm foundation is a concept every builder can understand. Bill and Stacy have built that loving foundation with God as the cornerstone and with each class of young men they help build a framework for success. With guidance and teaching from the staff, all of whom are characters in their own right, the walls are finished with all the wires and pipes in place. As the young men come to know more of Christ and what his sacrifice did for man the lights come on.
Narrow Gate is a place bathed in God's beauty, inside the Lodge and out. However, the light that these young men who graduate the program carry into the world is more beautiful and powerful than the oaks on the hills outside the Lodge. These men will look for that narrow path that leads to true peace with God. So I invite you to walk though the Narrow Gate in spirit and prayer and if God moves you to, with gifts.
We will be attending graduation in September 2019. Can't wait to see our friends and one special young man who God is building to greatness.
Narrow Gate took my husband in when we were newly married and struggling. We became apart of their family and they help lead him and I in the right direction. Towards Jesus. 8 years later. I can’t thank God enough for the work they are doing for young men everyday and the future generations they are affecting!
I was first introduced to Narrow Gate through a sub contractor we use for our multi family projects here in Nashville. His name is Del Hardin and his company is called Shield Construction. Del's son Jay, and most of his crew are graduates of the Narrow Gate program. The more I worked with these men, the more I wanted to know. I wanted what they had! I must say my relationship with the Lord was pretty pathetic before I met this group. Just hearing their stories of transformation inspired me to get my own heart right. Narrow Gate is the most inspiring, transforming, positive life changing program for young men I have ever been witness to. Just knowing these fine men has changed my life!
I have served forty years in education and para-church non profits. It is exciting to see the focus and successes of Narrow Gate Foundation in the daily lives of their graduates. I am blessed each time that I go there and contribute to their vision and training of young men.
I needed a place to feel safe.
I needed a place to clear my head of all the lies I was telling myself.
I needed a place to rediscover God's love for me.
Narrow Gate provided this for me and helped me move forward from depression into purpose, from loneliness into healthy community, from pride into humble acceptance of my place in the Kingdom of God.
For the seven months I was there the staff was all uplifting, encouraging, and God-focused. The life style they promote is a breath of fresh air and that's something we all need.
NarrowGate not only changed my sons life, it also changed the entire family!! And now the next generation is here and the impact keeps growing as our family keeps growing!! It’s the best decision ever!! Don’t wait! Check out NarrowGate for yourself or a loved one! You will never regret it!!
My son entered Narrow Gate in 2011. He came out of there a changed man. The time spent there taught him what it means to be a sold out Christ follower. He learned who he is in Christ and what God desires from him as a man of God. To be bold in sharing the truth and wisdom he gained, to make a difference for His kingdom and to serve Him faithfully always. Narrow Gate changed him from the inside out and because of this, it changed our entire family for the good. We have seen the fruits of Bill and Stacys labor of love do great things in other young men as well. We love the staff at Narrow Gate and we will continue to support them financially, through prayer and volunteering as long as we can. Thankful beyond all measure for this ministry and their staff.
Hello Christian Brethrens, I'm J. Sie-Dweh Freeman (James). I'm currently working for Innovative Education Liberia. Resource Center Situated at Farmersville Community, Greenville City, Sinoe County, Liberia. Through the work of IEL, I first heard about Narrow Gate Foundation. When Prof. Gary W. Friesen began to talk about this foundation, I first search the website, and sign up. There I met so many life touching stories about Jesus Christ. I never been there before, but with what I know is that I will be there someday with God's help. The way of making disciples, the means of winning young men to Christ, through them there community, their family will have a better life. I never thought that I could have the opportunity to communicate with people of this Foundation, I just felt it was a research that I was making. Today with the help of NG, I'm confident and sure that my life, my family my community will be revise . I'm grateful for been part.
In Christ Jesus,
J. Sie-Dweh Freeman (James)
One of my best friends in the world had been a zealous lover of Jesus and a talented man of God in the community for many years as a young man. But over the years he had become disenchanted with the Church and cynical of Christian organizations. Although he remained a strong believer in Jesus and an amazing father and husband, the idea of serving or even participating in ministry was met with laughter and strong opposition. But after years of feeling empty and unfulfilled, he finally met the people at Narrow Gate. The rawness and maturity of the leadership at Narrow Gate was something he could immediately connect with. The mission of Narrow Gate was something he could get behind. The brotherly love that he experienced was deeply satisfying. He was revived in his zeal for the Lord and His Church at Narrow Gate.
I'm so very thankful for the people at Narrow Gate!
I have been a friend to the Narrow Gate family for a very long time. I love Bill and Stacy and the fruit of their ministry is outstanding. Integrity sums this ministry up in one work
As parents of the first Narrow Gate graduate, we have seen firsthand the positive impact of this amazing organization on our family and on many other families. NG provides a God-inspired environment where hope and purpose can take root and flourish in the context of learning, community, craftsmanship, business, and outreach. A truly special organization!
Faith, Hope and Love... Narrow Gate helps build or increase my faith in God. Taught me how to patiently and faithfully wait on God as he sets aside plans that bring greater Hopes for me, My two ❤️sons, My Fellow Country men and my Country at large. But more importantly the Hope of enternal life through Christ Jesus.
And LOVE ❤️❤️...is the TOOL they are using to help Young Men transform and discover a life that MATTERS. A life purely surrounded by LOVE. I haven't met any of them in person but I know we've done so in spirit. They have demonstrated a love for me that I'm out of words to express. Through the thick and thin they've encourage me, and have NEVER LEFT ME! They're such a great and loving family. And I count myself blessed to a part of this great family of sincere Christian brothers and sisters whose love have no boundaries.
I am forever grateful that you Cross my path. I know through you more and more lives will be transform. You mean a whole lot to US. Thank you so much Narrow Gate..❤️❤️
With the love of God;
Owen, your brother from afar ❤️❤️;
Today I am a firefighter, who owns a CrossFit gym and is happily married to a wonderful wife. This wouldn’t have happened without Narrow Gates guidance and direction to find my identity and purpose through Gods Love. Before I entered I was a lost 19 year old who was struggling with drug addiction and meaning. Narrow Gate provided what no other drug rehab or counselor could have, I’m thankful for the tools and community they provided for me to be the man that I am now.
Two of our sons went through Narrowgate. They were great sons, but they went through some rough times in their early 20's. I thank God every day for Narrowgate. Both went through the program and now are very christian men, they married christian women and have children and Jesus is very important in the children's lives.
My husband and I do not have children, but partnering with Narrow Gate has allowed us to invest in the spiritual and emotional parenting of so many young men.
We have the NG students over to our home monthly, and while the young men communicate how much they appreciate being hosted, it is my husband and I who are left filled.
NG has proven, time and again, how impactful and effective their program is. Following a proven pattern of cyclical phases, their leadership relies on wisdom and discernment to still allow for individual exception, customization, and focus.
We are humbled and grateful to be called partners if this wonderful community. Because NG is more than an organization, it’s a living network of familial-like relationships, continued support, and an ever-present well of cheerleaders.
I have been blessed by NG which my son Heath is a graduate from NG. Heath was trying to find his Identity Which he learned who the lord is and how Heath could contribute in the family of god. People at NG loved Heath like their own which helped tremendously. Heath had more growing which took place in Tennessee after NG. Heath is preparing to leave Tennessee for Colorado and make more preparation for his future as he should.NG is a positive experience for him and he should be prepared for life and live for the lord in truth and prosperity
I was a Christian just going through the motions for 26 years with my faith but when I saw the power of God transform my son at Narrow Gate He totally transformed me as well.
I now work full-time for God with a Mission organization called Team Expansion.
Narrow Gate truly helped me find a vision and a purpose for my life. Before Narrow Gate my plan was to attend a community college in my hometown and to just go with the flow. When I graduated in February of 2007, I left for Kona, Hawaii to attend a missions school that projected me to travel all around the world. I now pastor a church, happily married with 2 beautiful little girls and I owe it all to Bill and Stacy! I highly recommend this program to anyone and everyone who qualify, it changed my life and i know for certain it can change yours!
Changed my life forever. The truths I learned at Narrow Gate are eternal and also changed the trajectory of my life forever. I now know who I am and why I am through my identity in Christ.
An amazing organization that tells 18-25 year old men who they are why they are here. They take in all types of people but in many cases the ones that even society has given up on and shows them the love, light, and peace of Jesus.
My nephew was truly lost when he came to Narrow Gate over 14 years ago and now he has found a new life in Jesus. He has his own business and looks forward to each day with hope and gratitude. Narrow Gate gave him the foundation of what a life that matters really looks like.
My nephew was the seventh student at Narrow Gate back in January 2005. Since that time his entire life has changed for the better and that was due to the God centered foundation he received at Narrow Gate. Most of the students of Narrow Gate become friends for life and encourage each other to stay on the narrow path that leads to life. I have been a supporter of Narrow Gate for over 10 years and I have seen with my own eyes the effectiveness of this ministry.
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My name is Nate, and My story is one of radical intervention in which Jesus used the experience of Narrowgate to show me that I was created for a purpose, that loving and being loved is the best of life, and that I have a Father in heaven who adores me with Holy love.
It is amazing to continually hear of the stories of redemption and restoration that come from this amazing organization. I’m extremely thankful for their presence I our community.
Narrow Gate Foundation has my changed my life. I came here in September of 2018, and this has been the best experience and season of my life. First off the property is beautiful! Narrow Gate is a place to just get away for awhile from your normal everyday routine, meet new people, and strengthen your relationship with God. The relationships I have made here will be lifelong relationships, and that is because we all wanted one thing, and that is purpose. I love my brothers that I have met here. The staff is amazing. They're so loving, caring, and kind! I am a better man today because of Narrow Gate!
I've been to rehab before and that is not what this place is. Narrow Gate is like a family to me now although I thought it was like a program at first. Came here to change myself and am leaving this place willing to change others. 10 out of 10 Would Recommend
My experience with Narrow Gate has been the richest 7 months of my life. Through my encounter with this place and it's people I have learned so much about myself and relationships and God that exceeds any other curriculum, book or program. Christ is truly at the center of this place.
I had the chance to visit Narrow Gate Lodge and had a wonderful experience. You could feel the presence of God at work just by walking around and talking to the students and staff. Bill and Stacy and the entire team are doing amazing work in their community and around the world. We are praying for more and more lives to be touched and restored as the ministry at Narrow Gate Lodge continues to grow.
Narrow Gate Foundation changed my life. It did just that, laid the foundation that the rest of my life would be founded on. Today, no matter what happens in life, I am able to lean on the truths that I was able to soak in at Narrow Gate. I am so grateful for the directors, staff, and supporter of Narrow Gate. I have no idea where I would be today if it were not for the grace of God taking me to such an amazing place to learn who He is and what He says about me!
I enjoy supporting this ministry because I have witnessed, first hand, the impact Narrow Gate Foundation has on the hearts and minds of young men. Narrow Gate's impact on a young man's personhood and occupational life is effective no matter that how great or small the student's challenges are.
Narrow Gate is a life-changing organization that God is using and growing in mighty ways! I am blessed to know and interact with a lot of the guys who go through this program, and I am always struck by the grace and power they have encountered at Narrow Gate when they share their stories of redemption. Narrow Gate gives these young men space and time to see God for who He really is, to cultivate a relationship with Him that is personal and genuine, and they leave the program ready to impact the world for good. Narrow Gate makes disciples who then go out and change the world. Praise God for this place!
After first attending The Refuge church, I had heard about a place called NarrowGate. It was supposed to be a place where young men went, but I wasn't sure what it was exactly and continued to hear it mentioned.
I finally made the decision that I needed to go visit this pace, when someone had said, "of course everyone has been to NarrowGate". It was right then that I decided I needed to make the time.
Our 27th year wedding anniversary was coming up soon, during Valentines week. I had already planned to take the day off. My wife Tracy and I already had plans to go to the local movie theater that night, including dinner before beforehand. That morning, I went to my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, and afterwards, I was wide open.
When I pulled into NarrowGate, it appeared to be a vacation lodge. After being greeted by several young men, I was able to meet w/ Weston Brann, as previously planned. He gave me a tour of several areas and then I was given a further involved tour by some of the gentlemen I had previously met at The Refuge church. They showed me where they ate, where they studied, where they worked, where they slept, where they prayed. They could actually go outside to the beautiful outdoors and pray wherever they were standing, or kneeling.
When I was done with a good portion of the tour, it reminded me of the many Retreats I had taken throughout the years. These including both my time in high school, as I went to an All-male high school and retreats were part of the curriculum norm. And this setting also reminded me of when Tracy and I had gone to them as a young married couple.
The layout, although close to town, is secluded, peaceful and serene. One could definitely find the time and mood to reflect, gather one's thoughts and feelings, and make decisions that would ultimately be Life, game-changers.
I invite anyone and all to pay a visit to NarrowGate to see firsthand where lives are changing.
Narrow Gate Foundation has made a forever impact on my life as well as the life of my husband who graduated the program in July of 2015. Before Narrow Gate Blake was at a very delicate place in life where he was trying to figure out who he was and why he existed. A question that all of us wrestle through at some point in life. When he was 18 he took the leap of faith to start the program and never looked back. At NG he learned in depth biblical knowledge, life skills, true community, and found a security in Christ that he had never experienced before! He found brothers and made real relationships that will last a lifetime. We got married on the Narrow Gate property last year, as it is a very special place for the both of us! What he learned and experienced will carry him through the rest of his life! We are so grateful for Bill and Stacy and the whole staff and team at Narrow Gate for pouring their life and heart into this ministry!
Our family will be forever grateful for Narrow Gate. Narrow Gate provided a place where our son not only renewed his commitment to Jesus; he found himself and the brothers he desperately needed. The Narrow Gate staff lovingly offered the structure and the Spirit-filled guidance that has helped Sam mature as a young man. We are always available to answer questions and pray with you.
God has set Narrow Gate apart as a healing ground and place to know him. Narrow Gate was the best decision I have ever made. My knowledge of the Bible and relationship with Christ has been established permanently. If I could do it 4x over I would in a heartbeat.!
I graduated from Narrow Gate in 2016 and nothing has been the same since I showed up to the property. My life COMPLETELY changed during my stay there. I found purpose in my life for the first time, came to understand what family truly looks like and ultimately discovered who God truly is. Going to Narrow Gate was one of the best decisions of my life.
God has used Narrow Gate to change my life forever, and I am forever grateful! I’ve been able to experience the true joy of knowing God starting at Narrow Gate. Whether it be the Appalachian Trail, the artisan work shops, awesome Bible studies, and simply living in a Christ-centered community, God has changed me, transformed, and shaped me into the disciple that He desires and knows the true joy of serving and knowing Him. Thank you to Bill and Stacy, all the staff, and those involved with Narrow Gate who helped create and maintain the place that I’ve experienced God like never before! Narrow Gate will always mean home and family to me. God bless.
Narrow Gate has been an exceptional family for my son. He was in a place of indecision, confusion and overall complacency. His time at Narrow Gate caused him to think about his purpose in life, the gifts that he has to offer the world around him, and the importance of quality relationships that honor God. My son has some medical issues and the staff were amazing in their abilities to adapt to his needs. As you can see in the picture, quite a few people came out to see him graduate and encourage him on in his next steps of life. All were impressed with the grounds and commented on what a great place this is. I do not hesitate to recommend Narrow Gate to any young man that lacks purpose in his life or has had difficulty transitioning into manhood.
This place changed my brothers life ! He was really struggling and this place gave him passion, purpose, and a foundation in Christ.
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 ❤️
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.