Changes Happens at Gilgal – and It’s All Because of Jesus

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A Special Christmas Message to Our Family and Friends

Night falls early this time of year, as darkness covers the world outside.  Up in the sky, a tiny light glimmers, piercing the darkness with a soft ray of white.  Far beyond this bright little star are marvelous creations too magnificent to imagine.

Pondering this truth, we sit in awe at the One who constantly creates these new designs. His omnipotent presence moves through space and time.  What an awesome God He is.  So far above what we can think or know.  And it is this God, the amazing Creator of all things, who also created us.

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When a Desperate Life Finds New Life in Christ; CHANGE HAPPENS

Callie - smallCallie’s Story

My name is Callie R. and on October 31, 2015 my life was put on pause.  I was stranded on the side of the road talking to John, the AAA driver, as he was pouring gas into my tank. I looked up and saw the second trailer of an 18 wheeler about to dovetail into us and thought, “He is awful close.”  The next thing I remember is waking up in ICU with tubes hooked up to me, breathing with the assistance of a ventilator, and the feeling of excruciating pain.  I would later learn that John had perished in the accident.

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THE LIGHT IS ALWAYS ON…. One Graduate’s Story of Redemption and Grace

This is a personal account from Cheryl McClure (Gilgal Board Member)  about Sue, a recent Gilgal graduate. We believe it affirms the challenges that all of us face, and our individual need to rest in the redemptive power of God’s amazing grace.

When I first heard Val Cater share the Gilgal story, I was deeply moved.  I learned about the organization from my friend Kenya, who leads a team of Georgia State nursing students in providing health screenings and education to the residents.  I knew that Gilgal was a place of recovery for homeless women overcoming addictions, and I could feel the Holy Spirit’s presence the moment I stepped onto the property.  But what I didn’t know was the whole story.

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When Faithful Servants Answer God’s Call, CHANGE HAPPENS

Gilgal Sign 1The Gilgal Story

Gilgal was established in 2005 when Val Cater, founder and executive director, answered God’s call to help homeless women struggling with drugs and alcohol addiction. Driven by a vision to see them break destructive cycles and find victorious living through Jesus Christ, she and her husband secured property in south Atlanta. These abandoned buildings, once teeming with drug activity and vagrancy, were reclaimed, renamed and forever changed into what is now a place of healing and hope.

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When Giving Hearts Become a Chain Reaction of Giving, CHANGE HAPPENS

Dayton 3rd grader   Dayton’s Story

The dictionary defines a chain reaction as “a series of events, each caused by the previous one.”  Well, that is what this story is all about – a chain reaction of giving that just keeps going!

In February of this year, we told you the story of Barbara Jackson, a Gilgal volunteer making a huge difference in the lives of the women we serve.  Inspired by her daughter Catherine, who at age 15 began giving piano lessons to the Gilgal women, Barbara began to look for a personal way to impact the ladies she’d come to know and love. This led to giving monthly to Gilgal from proceeds she made from her home catering business.  But, Barbara’s story doesn’t end there.

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When Believing Faith Intersects With a Faithful Believer, CHANGE HAPPENS

Glenda-Tonya ECLA Feb 2015  Glenda’s Story

Taylor Crenshaw (ECLA) pictured with Glenda

The following story was written by Taylor Crenshaw, a 10th grade student at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) in McDonough.  The students of ELCA regularly volunteer at Gilgal helping with various projects like grounds maintenance, small building beautification projects, and painting.   During their most recent visit, the class interviewed some of the Gilgal residents to help share their individual stories. Continue reading

When Love Connects to a Disconnected Heart, CHANGE HAPPENS

Barbara Jackson and CatherineBarbara’s Story

By Barbara Jackson, Gilgal Volunteer

My daughter Catherine and I have been volunteering at Gilgal teaching piano lessons to the women. When we first started coming, Ashley, one of the residents, was in our group. At the time, she was disconnected and would hide under her hoodie, rocking back and forth in her chair. It was clear that she was interested in learning to play the piano, but she had a hard time focusing.  Also, whenever we came, we would always include a time of prayer. The women are encouraged during this time to openly pray together. Ashley would always decline and say she wasn’t worthy of praying. Continue reading