“Five months ago, I was going to drive off a bridge. I couldn’t do life anymore. As I began to veer off the road, I heard someone say, ‘Wait!’ So I detoured. I came to Gateway for the first time the following weekend. I listened to Pastor Robert with an open heart and have been coming back every weekend. The other night, I attended Equip for the first time with my one-year-old in tow. She was fussy and hungry, and the children’s ministry class would not open for another 45 minutes. I thought about just going home. But suddenly I smelled Mexican food. One of the servers directed me to the café to buy a ticket for the meal. The cashier started ringing up my order, and I instantly got nervous. The total was $4. I fumbled through my purse, purposely overlooking my wallet, knowing I only had 89 cents. I was too ashamed to say this and instead told the cashier I left my wallet in the car and had to go get it. The cashier paused, looked in my eyes, and said, ‘The Gateway Café will cover it.’ In my pride, I told her no. But she insisted, and I was so thankful. I fed my baby at the tables in the café, trying not to cry. No one knew I had just filed for bankruptcy and am often penniless. No one knew I drove to church on a prayer because my gas tank had been on ‘E’ since that morning. No one knew I purposely left my other child with my neighbor that night because I knew my neighbor would feed him. No one knew that I came to church hungry. But God knew. I left Equip that night feeling renewed and seen. Through Gateway, He blessed me with what may seem so small to some but meant everything to me.”

Galisia and her children attend the Southlake Campus.