We believe Gateway Fellowship has been placed in Poulsbo for a reason. As part of the larger “Church” of North Kitsap County, Jesus wants us to be His hands, His feet, and His face to the people living near us. He has blessed us…but not just for our own benefit. We are “blessed to be a blessing” in our community and world.
The concept of being "blessed to be a blessing" actually comes out of the Bible. In Genesis 12:1–3 (NASB), the story is told of how God made a promise to Abraham. God told him,
"Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father's house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."(emphasis added).
As an example of how this concept is “fleshed out,” consider this story. “Jenny” was homeless in Kitsap County, living in her car and struggling to pay for the state park camping fees. She went to some of the free community meals provided by churches in the Poulsbo area and got help from North Kitsap Fishline (a local food bank), but things were tough.
"Jenny" met some people at the Gateway weekly community lunch who befriended her. Gateway, along with other churches, helped a little by paying for some of her living expenses; and as time went by, she was able to purchase a trailer to live in. Then she began to help serving at our Saturday meals. As her situation improved, "Jenny" continued helping with the meals – reaching out to help others as she had been helped.
Today, "Jenny" is actively serving, including an online ministry that shares the message of Jesus with people all over the world. She would say that she has "been blessed to be a blessing."