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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
My life was a complete mess before narrow gate. A broken drug addict with no sense of direction or purpose in my life. Narrow gate has swung the doors wide open for me. This place allowed me to seek the god of love that radically changed my life.
God used this ministry and the staff involved to radically change my life. Before coming to Narrow Gate in 2009, I had been to a handful of drug rehabs and Christian programs. Nothing worked, and I didn't have much of a hope that Narrow Gate would do anything to help my addictions either. What would end up happening though, is a complete and total transformation of my life. The setup and culture at Narrow Gate allowed my old identity to be stripped away from me, and the incredible teachings and unconditional acceptance from the staff allowed God to implant his new identity within me.
I initially went to Narrow Gate so I would stop doing drugs. I figured I would go and get clean and then come back home to live my life; maybe get a job, maybe go back to school, etc. What I actually got was a complete transformation of my life and also the lives of my family/friends. I'm beyond thankful for the staff at Narrow Gate and their willingness to lay their lives down for a guy like me, someone who thought he wasn't worthy of anything good. This is what the love of God looks like, and this is why Narrow Gate works.
It is difficult to briefly sum up what a wonderful organization Narrow Gate is and how life-changing the experience is for the young men who attend Narrow Gate. God is using Bill and Stacy Spencer, along with Narrow Gate staff and volunteers, to demonstrate God's love, mercy and grace to these young men...and then discipling them, challenging them, offering them opportunities to learn new skills and helping them answer the questions of "Why am I here?" and "What is my purpose?"...all to help these young men become all that God has created each of them to be.
My son entered Narrow Gate as a student in May 2014 and was a different young man when he left there. Prior to Narrow Gate, he had struggled with questions about God, about his own purpose and direction...but left there knowing he had a personal, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and relationship with Him, and also had developed a sense of God's purpose for his life.
The staff and volunteers associated with Narrow Gate will truly love your young man and will truly help him find God's best for his life.
I'm a grateful mom of a blessed Narrow Gate graduate.