The good news is a leveller before God, it humbles the ‘together’, showing them that they are no better than anyone else, and it lifts up the hurting through the comprehensive restoration of God’s love, in community.
Good news people ‘Care for the Hurting’ because encountering the compassion of God changes you. Concern for those in need isn’t the way we get forgiven or earn God’s love… but a life poured out in deeds of mercy and justice is a sign that the heart has been changed by God’s unmerited kindness.
Christians Against Poverty.
We’re so excited to announce that this month (April!) 2019 we’ll be launching a Christians Against Poverty Debt centre in Basingstoke. This is our first step on a mission to see hundreds of families, couples and individuals in Basingstoke released from the crushing struggle of unmanageable debt. This partnership with CAP will bring free, award winning, judgement-free debt counselling and hope to 10’s of families every year in our awesome town.
Struggling with debt? Visit capuk.org or call on 0800 328 0006.
In time we hope to launch further groups helping people find work, supporting people with life skills and helping breaking free from addiction through the CAP partnership.
Martin Lewis helps you get a feel for CAP here:
How can I get involved in helping others?
M68 is a network of a people within Gateway who are helping to establish practical ways for the Church to show God's love to those in need. It takes it’s name from Micah 6v8. 'And what does the Lord require of you? to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’.
Currently this group is focussing on four priority areas:
Serving those in need.
We are motivated by the love and example of Jesus to show God’s love practically to those in need - as individuals, families and together as a Church. This group exists to find new ways to meet the immediate needs of people in Basingstoke.
One further way we do this is by supporting Ema, a member of Gateway who is serving God in Mozambique. Ema and the team seek to safely relocate trafficked women, help them find hope for the future and equipping them with a self-sustaining means of living outside of trafficking. As a means of helping these women break free and find new ways to feed and support themselves and their families, they created a jewellery business, which generates enough money to support the women employed.
Wellbeing and Mental health.
Led by Tayo and supported by a diverse and multi-skilled core team, this team is developing ways that Gateway can help to holistically meet the needs of those who may be hurting or ill, emotionally pained or overburdened with life’s challenges, and require restorative Christian help and care.
The elderly and isolated.
This emerging team is focused on shaping Gateway's activities to care for the isolated in Basingstoke - particularly the isolated elderly, as well as helping 'third agers' find God's good purposes for them.
Adoption and Fostering.
This group provides an opportunity for those involved, or interested, in adoption and fostering to network and provide support and advice to one another.