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Narrow Gate Foundation

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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 400 young men and their families in the past 15 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 Trading Co. (www.ngtradingco.com). Narrow Gate Trading Co. 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.

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

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9 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!

14 Gail65

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my son was 22 he was throwing his life in the gutter. His days included drinking, smoking weed/spice, playing video games and chillin with "friends". All the things he thought were fun. He became very skinny and sick. He ended up in the emergency room a couple times with stomach problems. I just knew he was dying on the inside because it showed on the outside. A friend at church told me about Narrow Gate Foundation. Her son had been there several years before and it had helped him tremendously. After speaking to my son about it a couple different times, he decided to half heartily look into it. He knew he was on a very dangerous path. IT wasnt long, he had filled out the paperwork and after a few calls from a staff member he was accepted into the program. Within a couple of months he was living in a tent on a hill. This is where it all started. The staff at NGF loved him into their arms and introduced him to their God in a way he had never known before. He became hungry for Gods Word and studied, read, and prayed daily. I cant say enough about the staff and volunteers at Narrow Gate foundation. They are angels on earth working with one boy at a time showing him the way to become a young man and one of Gods Disciples. Brent has been there over a year now. He has been working at NGA which is a leather, wood and metal shop, He loves his job and the people he works with.
Two years ago i was sick with worry that Brent wouldnt live another year. Now, because of Narrow Gates love for MY Son, he is living a life he never thought possible and loving every minute of it. Praise God for Narrow GAte Foundation!

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate Foundation is truly a vibrant community comprised of those who know what it is to desperately search for one's identity, and finally find it in Jesus Christ. I have witnessed firsthand the journey of discovery, acceptance, and transformation this wonderful organization makes possible for the young men fortunate enough to experience it. With Narrow Gate, you will find yourself deeply challenged and deeply loved, all at the same time. There is no shortage of those in our society asking the vitally important questions: "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" I am truly thankful Narrow Gate Foundation exists to graciously and lovingly come alongside young men in their quest for the answers!

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I our supporters of Narrow Gate. They our very obedient to their call to ministry. This organization has help numerous young men to become Godly men, fulfilling their call in life! So many lives have been blessed through this ministry. If you have a chance to listen to the teaching of God through His servant, Bill Spencer you will be blessed as well.

11 James183

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son entered the program at Narrow Gate in 2007. It was a life/changing experience for him. From my personal experience with Narrow Gate, I have witnessed how the love of God can transform young men under the guidance and teaching of Bill and Stacy Spencer. I have always been impressed how well they conserve the funds they raise and how many Tennessee folks have poured their time and resources into this program to make it work. They have always been transparent and open with everything. I have never felt more close to God than when Bill Spencer ministers to these guys. I often marveled on how Narrow Gate survives financially since the cost to the men's families was so affordable. To honor that I contributed $100 a month for several years as my ability to do so Permitted. Supporting Narrow Gate loves these young men in ways you could never imagine. Jesus Christ runs Narrow Gate. Bill and Stacy are his servants. The photo is of my blessing to my son at his graduation; the most honorable moment of our relationship.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been involved on and off for 7-8 years. We hosted boys in our home and dinners and participated in functions at the Lodge. Tracy and Bill Spencer invest their all into these young men who participate. And watching what God does in their lives is nothing short of miraculous!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with many non-profits and I can personally testify to the "checks and balances", the strategic direction from the Board and the commitment of the staff and Executive Directors to the mission of Narrow Gate. Because of the confidence I have in this ministry, I have consistently given over the past 8 years. I have personally witnessed how my investment is being used to help change the trajectory of young men's lives. I so strongly believe in this ministry, I along with my sons, have established an endowment at the Community Foundation of Abilene to insure that the mission of Narrow Gate Foundation will continue to be carried out and young men's lives will be impacted for the Kingdom.

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