We Stand In The Gap For Youth--Ezekiel 22:30

History

Our primary goal has always been to offer a comprehensive approach to the unique needs of youth who have taken a wrong turn in their life. In the genesis of this ministry in 2008 we wanted to take into account all of a young person’s physical, mental, social and spiritual circumstances in the treatment of emotional, economic, and decision-making needs to the youth of our community.

These objectives evolved over time to focus on what we believed God wanted us to do with our distinctive talents within the scope of our personal limitations; but trying not to minimize what the Lord wanted us to do. All of us were, and are today, volunteers in HIS army.  We feel we have been placed on the front lines in many respects. However, because of other commitments to our families, jobs, educational pursuits and our respective local churches…our devotion to this part of the vineyard, so to speak, is restricted somewhat by time, finances and other efforts.

NONETHELESS, WE HAVE NEVER LACKED A PASSION FOR RESCUING YOUTH CAUGHT IN THE WICKED WEB OF JUVENILE CRIME AND VIOLENCE---GANGS! This is a “calling” for each of us who are involved in G.A.P.

As doors open for us and opportunities are presented we will continue to consider them with discernment. These could be payment for our services, grant funding, collaborative with other agencies and governmental entities or private sector partnerships. We look to God’s leading and prompting by the Spirit. Regardless, if there is a child or a family of a child that needs our help, we will do our best to provide it.

Our Current Focus 

Specifically:

  • Using G.A.P. volunteers as mentors for at-risk youth, boys and girls

  • Utilizing G.A.P. speakers to bring awareness to:

    • Community organizations, churches, local governments, and schools of the need for mentors and;
    • for help to families and children who understand the dilemma confronting them.

  • Having G.A.P. alcohol and drug counselors speak to youth with these problems.

  • Education of the other mentors regarding juvenile gang members and gangs in general.

  • Group education for youth to help them understand how to escape gang involvement.

Objectives

Target high-risk juveniles, especially those on probation or parole and who have dropped out of school or considered truant. Involvement with the Sacramento County Juvenile Probation Department and Juvenile Chaplaincy program by fostering relationships with incarcerated youth and referrals when they exit Juvenile Hall. Then we can begin the mentoring program and other services.

In the beginning, 2008, our initial approach was to create a sphere of care around each youngster in order to make him or her feel a caring individual is there during the most difficult times. Today, it still remains the same.

Being a faith-based organization was always the plan and remains our guide. Utilizing the Biblical verse Ezekiel 22:30 as our fundamental Scriptural principal:

“And I sought for a man among them, who should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

We decided early on that each of us, men and women, would stand in the gap for God in this land on behalf of troubled youth, so they would not be destroyed. He has found us to do the work and we are willing. Are you?