Guardian Project Update 10/7
Hello there! The Guardian Project team is back after enjoying an extended break to refresh and recoup with our families. We are excited to pass on some updates from the race as well as the ministry.
The Gateway to the Gorge inaugural race brought in $15,000! We had over 900 participants and 75 volunteers spread out among 3 races. These are great numbers for a first year race! Our prayer is that they will double in year 2 and beyond. Even greater than the numbers, was the impact the race had on the community. What a great voice for life as 900 of us assembled that morning! We have heard such positive feedback – for those of you who were there – you know what a special day it was! We are still amazed at how God moved. (And is moving!) The plans He had on and for race day were beyond what we had hoped or imagined. All glory to God!
So, what does this mean for the mobile unit?? We are thrilled to say that our initial plan with Portland Pregnancy Resource Center is to have the mobile unit operational 4 days a week, for 4 hr time blocks! It coincides perfectly with a terrific parking spot we found that is close to Portland State and is available in 4 hr blocks. It is also in line with what has been funded by the race and donations for the first year. This means there will be a presence for life downtown Portland 4 days a week!! What an answer to prayer!
We are currently working with PRC to equip more nurse and counselor volunteers with the intent to have some duties taken over by volunteers after the first few months of operation. This will stretch dollars and allow the unit to be operational for longer hours each day and possibly add a fifth day.
We are very close to purchasing the class C motorhome. We’ve had a door open to purchase a brand new unit for about the cost of purchasing a used one and needing to retrofit it. This gives us the ability to have it customized to what we need as well as have the unit operational much quicker. We anticipate this happening in December. Stay tuned!
Thank you again to ALL of those who prayed for, participated in and encouraged the Guardian Project and the Gateway to the Gorge race. Please continue to pray for the ministry as we move forward with getting the mobile unit on the streets of downtown. If you’d like to be part of our prayer team, please sign up here.
Nathan and Heidi – DJ and Allison