You might have caught the action on our Facebook page but the open-air evangelistic service was INCREDIBLE!
At 11:00am the cars started rolling into Luna Beach, blankets and chairs were being set out on the grass, the band was warming up and despite a weather prediction of 80% chance of rain, the sun was shining!
But beyond all sadness and fear, I am convinced that we meet God out there on the fringes; in the places where few "decent" people would dare to go; with the people that our society chooses to deal with as infrequently as possible.
Over the weekend The Gate Netherlands had the privilege of opening our 5th Gate location in the city of Den Helder. It was a packed house as guests from Den Helder as well as from the outlying area came to catch their first glimpse of a project that has been 1 year in the making.
Teams from the newest Gate locations in Den Helder, Anna Paulowna and Stadskanaal, as well as the team from Heerhugowaard (almost 1 year old) came together for the first national Gate training day this past Saturday.
If you’ve been tracking the updates online you already know that The Gate will be launching in Poland in 2014. 6 months ago, the plan was to launch it in three new cities in Poland: Miatsko, Kutno and Wroclaw. Then I (Chris) was invited to present and teach the Gate model of youth work to a group of about 70+ Teen Challenge coffee bar workers this past October. Now they are not going to launch The Gate in 3 cities - they’re going to do it in 5. Gryfów and Wołczyn are going for it as well. Pray for these 5 cities. These people are crazy enough to believe that God is going to use them to make a difference there.