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Christmas Blessings: Latoya’s Story

December 2020

Merry Christmas to You and Your Family!  What has been your favorite part of the Christmas Season? Sharing a meal with family and friends?  Spending quality time with loved ones? Celebrating the wonder of salvation and God’s love for us? 

This year has been a difficult and different kind of year for many of us. COVID-19 and the new terminologies associated with it, like social distancing and wearing masks, were not part of our Christmas last year. At Gilgal, we have been blessed that our staff and clients have remained virus free. 

As we approach the Christmas holidays, I want to introduce you to Latoya A., who lost her mother just before Thanksgiving. While that would be a reason some clients would use to leave, Latoya is convinced that she needs what we offer at Gilgal.   

Meet Latoya A.

My name is Latoya A. I am 40 years old and was raised in the metro-Atlanta area. I have two brothers, and I am the oldest sibling. I also have three children of my own, ages 16, 12 and 9.

Before coming to Gilgal, I was miserable and lonely and caught in a cycle of damaging behaviors. My addiction to crack, alcohol and marijuana led me into destructive patterns that caused me to ultimately be arrested. While I was incarcerated in Cobb County Jail, I was offered a plea deal with a choice of being sentenced to prison or entering a recovery program. I was tired of being sick and tired, so I chose recovery and in July was transported to Gilgal. 

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Happy Thanksgiving: We are Grateful!

Happy Thanksgiving from Gilgal! We all have much to be grateful for this holiday season. Listed here are just a few things our Gilgal residents have named.

Most of all, we are thankful to God for His unfailing faithfulness to us, and to our partners and friends who have supported us for over 15 years. Thank you! May God richly bless you in return for your kindness toward us.

Change Happens at Gilgal! Thank you for being a part of it!

Changing Lives One Ride at a Time

Special thanks to our valued partner, Heirborn Servants, for gifting Cora F. with a beautiful car. Cora becomes the second Gilgal graduate our friends at Heirborn have blessed.

“I thank God for using John and Denise at Heirborn Servants to bless me with this car. Having my own transportation changes everything for me — how I get to work, where I buy my groceries, and how often I get to see my family. Words just can’t express how grateful I am.”

A Car Changes Everything

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Thank You Women of Life

Pictured from Left to Write in Purple Shirts: Valencia McDaniel, Maggie Stewart, Priscilla Wilkinson, Linda Hoyle, Greta McShan

Gilgal would like to say a special “THANK YOU” to Priscilla Wilkinson, director and founder of Women of Life, Inc., and her special team of women. Through a campaign they called, “Labor of Love,” they prepared backpacks filled with bibles, goodies and other special essentials for the Women of Gilgal.

Thank you Women of Life for sowing into our ladies through your Labor of Love. Changes Happens at Gilgal because of FAITHFUL supporters like you! May God richly bless you for your kindness toward us!

Congratulations Veronica – September 2020 Graduate


Join us in congratulating Veronica D.  for her successful completion of the Transformations @ Gilgal program. You may remember Veronica from last year’s Blue Jean Gala where she shared her powerful testimony.  Her story was also featured in our most recent ministry update.

Veronica is moving to her hometown of Philadelphia, and hopes to continue her nursing career. She also plans to pursue the ministry God laid on her heart called, “Serve a Soul – Save a Soul,” which will serve homeless and disadvantaged individuals in the Philadelphia area. Her deepest desire is that they come to know how much God loves them, and that He has wonderful plans for their lives.

We are extremely proud of Veronica and look forward to watching God use her to impact lives. Thank you to the countless partners who support our ministry and women like Veronica.  Change Happens at Gilgal because God is FAITHFUL!



Be sure to join us at this year’s Blue Jean Gala on Thursday, October 22, 2020.  It is a virtual event so you can tune in no matter where you live.  Click HERE for details.