IT’S GRADUATION TIME!

It is truly a blessing when we witness the transformation of a young woman under the guidance of God. We have witnessed four such transformations in recent months with the graduations of Christina, April, Amy and Heather.   Below we are sharing their “before and after” photos and their testimonials.

BEFORE

AFTER

CHRISTINA:

My life took a change when I got locked up.  In County I had a choice to choose life or death and I chose life and God pointed me to RiverGate.  I applied and was accepted, which at the time I was ready for a change but was very afraid of the unknown.  When I bonded out I went straight to RiverGate.  I was a mess.  I was afraid to open up to people.  I was afraid of everything, but with time I got to open myself up to everyone and I started to love people again and I came to see how much God loves me.

Being at RiverGate has opened my eyes up to how to live life again.  I have learned how to set boundaries, how to forgive those who have hurt me.  I have learned so much about Jesus and how to put Him before everything in my life.  Quiet time with God is very important to me also.

I have gotten my drivers license and am currently working on my GED.  I really believe Ms. Sally and Ms. Glenda are angels from God placed in my life to guide and help set me on the right path.  I am very confident I will walk out what God has planned for my life.  I have the right tools now to live life.  I’m so very thankful for this program and the people God has placed in my life.

 

BEFORE

AFTER

APRIL:

I used to wish that I could change things that had happened in my life, but I no longer wish to change anything because if I did I wouldn’t have turned out to be the person I am today.  I would never have gotten to make the family I made at RiverGate.  I have made many accomplishments in the short time I have been here.  Before coming to RiverGate I went through RSAT, which is a residential substance abuse treatment center.  There I found out I had Hep C.  I thought my life was over.  I later found out about Christ Community where I was able to get the necessary treatments to cure the Hep C and I am proud to say that it is gone today!  That just goes to show that all things are possible with God.  I am still amazed that God loved me enough to do something like that.

I never personally knew God before coming to RiverGate but I can look back at my life and see how He was trying to get my attention, how He protected me and how He guided me to where I am today.  Also while attending RiverGate I have been going to school to get my GED.   I am proud to say I have almost completed this process.  I am so thankful I had Sally, Glenda and my family pushing me and cheering me on to do this.  And I had never had a job before.  I am proud to say I now have a job and earn an honest paycheck.  I never had a drivers license before and now I finally have one, which goes to show it’s better late than never.

Relationships that I have established with my family are better than they have ever been.  Relationships that I thought would never be fixed or mended have been restored.  It is amazing to look back at myself and see how I used to be and who I am now and knowing that it is only through Christ that I have truly changed.

 

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AFTER

AMY:

When I arrived at RiverGate I was a broken shell of a person.  My thoughts and feelings towards myself, others, and God mainly focused on hatred, regret, and failures.  The twelve months I spent at RiverGate taught me how to love myself again, showed me hope for my future, as well as gave me valuable, yet priceless tools in dealing with forgiveness and gratitude.  The outlook on my life is now complete through my relationship with God and the plans and purposed He has for me.  I now have a safe home, new Christ filled friends, a wonderful job, and restored relationships.  All of these were made possible through God!  Thank you to all involved with this program.  To God be the glory forever and ever.

 

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AFTER

HEATHER:

January 25, 2016 was the last day I used methamphetamine.  January 27, 2016 was the day I passed my drug screen and all drugs were out of my system!  I was a meth addict for 10 straight years, not giving a damn about who I hurt or what I did!  I was evil.  I did things to people you would never imagine, I hurt the ones I love the most, and worst of all drugs came before my kids!  I was lost, hurt, angry and thought everybody was out to get me and I didn’t trust anybody!  I became an iv user and I let the devil overtake my soul!

Today I am 1 year 10 months and 4 days sober!  Looking back I never would have thought I would be almost 2 years sober with no relapse.  The devil fought me hard and has done the most to try and knock me down and keep me, BUT GOD….YES BUT GOD IS THE REASON I AM STILL MAKING IT ONE DAY AT A TIME!  He has restored my family, given me a great job, and has shown me how much my kids love me.  Nothing beats walking through the door after a long day of work to see your little ones run up to mommy with smiles on their faces and just light up my world because I’m home!  God gave me that, God saved me, God gave me another chance to be great mother, daughter, and sister again.  God helped me to give my daddy his dying wish and my kids a better life.  God saved me from the hell I lived.  And I have to give a big huge thank you for God giving my mom the strength to take care of my kids for the year I was in rehab. I could not have done it without her on my side.  Today I am thankful for grace, love, life, opportunity, and 2nd chances.  Today I am a new creation!    Jeremiah 29:11 …….God knew the plans he had for me even when I didn’t know myself!

Strength to Conceive

A personal letter from Jane Hansen Hoyt
April 16, 2018

Dear Sisters,

When strong words regarding the intentions of God impact the earth, as they did in Richmond at the 50th-anniversary celebration, we are given the choice of responding. Our responses can vary depending on where we are in our walk with the Lord.

Some might say, “Oh I can’t do that,” as they begin to cycle through their personal inventory of “I can’s and can not’s” based on past successes or failures. Big mistake! Some may immediately stare a common enemy in the face called fear and allow it to overtake them and their natural mind.

Of course, the enemy gives all of the reasons why God’s strong words are simple, silly thoughts and without merit. It couldn’t possibly be God.

In his Sunday message in Richmond, Graham Cooke said, “The difference between the fulfillment of a promise and only a partial release of that promise is literally the quality of your attitude and approach to the word that God has spoken.”

Strength to Receive
As I have continued to ponder all that was said in Richmond, my attention was recently turned to Hebrews 11 and the incredible miracles of faith that came to ordinary people just like you and me. Ordinary people who received strong words filled with the intentions of God that would change the course of history.

Of Sarah, it was said that she was to bear a child…past age! “Really? Do you know how old I am?” But the Word goes on to say, “She needed strength to receive.” Strength indeed! This was to be the seed of God’s next mighty move in the earth! As she received strength to conceive, God’s plan would move yet another step forward.

The truth was that Sarah was NOT PAST the time of bearing fruit…IF GOD SAID SHE WASN’T!

I believe God has hidden ones that He wants to use in various ways in the days ahead. They feel because of age or other perceived places of limitation, their fruitful time has come and gone. HE IS SAYING – NO! YOUR TIME IS NOW!

Dutch Sheets said in Richmond that Aglow would be used in the 3rd Great Move of the Holy Spirit. I want to say to you today,

  • You have been prepared, poured in to, made strong, filled with authority, and are war-ready…for such a time as this.
  • Don’t look at your age.
  • Look to Jesus.

For those who are infirm, come to Spokane prepared to return healed and filled with new strength.

We have a firm foundation. We have been building on it, year after year. We are in an incredible time of building the house of Aglow.

  • We believe in the power of prayer.
  • We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and the evidence of speaking with new tongues.
  • We believe in winning the lost for Christ.
  • We believe that God has intentions for His people – male and female – working together in His power and might to show forth His Glory in the earth.
  • We believe in loving the Muslim people while exposing the anti-Christ spirit behind the religious system of Islam.
  • We believe that the Jews have a right to Israel as their God-given land and we stand as them in their possession of that land.
  • We believe in and watch for the second coming of Christ.
  • We believe we are an integral part of the end-time Ecclesia and that God has sent us to the uttermost parts of the world to prepare all people for His return.

Each of these points is foundational in Aglow.

A Capstone Year
This year, 2018, is a capstone kind of year. It is a culminating time. It is a year of crowning achievement in the Spirit. We are coming together male and female, Jew and Gentile, as the Ecclesia, the International Church to shine with the Glory of the Lord.

Our role in the earth is to exemplify the nature and the power and the substance and the promise of the Kingdom of Heaven.

  • We need the Word of the Lord in ways we have never needed it before.
  • We need to use the Word of the Lord in ways we have never used it before.
  • We need to pay attention, wake up, and understand who we are.
  • We need to understand what God is saying, thinking, planning; what He wants to be done and the urgency that is in His heart to accomplish all that He has said.

What Are You Doing?
I began this letter to you with these words, “When strong words of the intentions of God impact earth, we are given the choice of responding.” I want to ask you, what are you doing with the words God spoke to Aglow at conference? The weight of what He has said to us cannot – must not – fall on my shoulders alone.

The test for us – for all of us – is to rise up with one heart, one mind, one spirit, and one voice. It is no longer business as usual. You are apostolically sent and positioned in your nation, your state, your city, your town, and your village to bring the Good News of the Gospel – that God so loved the world that He sent His Son Jesus, who died on a cross, was buried and rose again, taking sin and shame, and restoring all to right standing with God.

And as you bring this Good News, the promise is that signs will follow you who believe. In His Name, you will:

  • Cast out demons
  • Speak with new tongues
  • Lay hands on the sick and see them recover.

Everything about Aglow has been upgraded for this new era that we find ourselves in. We have been mantled again with all Jesus is. We have been commissioned to go with freshness into all the world. We are the light sent into the darkness to shine for all to see. We are a city set on a hill. All authority has been given to us by Jesus. We have it in Heaven and we have it on earth. Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all He has commanded…to love the Lord with all our hearts and to love each other as we love ourselves.

Truly the Words Jesus spoke in Luke 4:18-19 are being fulfilled, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon us.” And, we are the people spoken of in Acts 17:6, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here, too.” No one is safe from a blessing when the people of Aglow are in their town.

Strategic Meetings
In just a few short weeks, I will be meeting with Apostles and Prophets in Jerusalem to pray and consider, “what God has done and is doing in our midst.” Before those meetings begin, I will be leading the annual journey to Israel where 140 of us will once again stand as Watchmen on the Walls of Jerusalem.

Do not say that you have no strength. This is a time to press in and receive all that God is conceiving in you and through you. We, corporately, have moved into a new place.

Strengthened to Conceive,

Jane
Jane Hansen Hoyt
President/CEO
Aglow International

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P.S. Have you received notice that we added 2 additional speakers for Spokane? Chuck Pierce and Lance Wallnau will be joining us for this memorable gathering. Make your plans to be in Spokane, Washington, Nov 1-4, 2018!  Register Today!

 

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Our Pantry

NEW, NEW , NEW on our website… Fill Our Pantry.

THE WHAT AND HOW OF “FILL OUR PANTRY”
“Fill Our Pantry” (http://augustarivergate.org/shop/) is a way you can help women in recovery by donating items to meet the needs of RiverGate.

As a non-profit organization, upon request, Rivergate can issue you a receipt for non-cash donation.

Each item in the Pantry actually represents a donation from you of that item to RiverGate.

You SELECT items to order (which you will actually donate to RiverGate) and deliver them to us from wherever you wish to purchase those items.

Someone shared recently that you can order online from places like Walmart and Amazon, and they will actually ship those items directly to us.

We so appreciate everything we receive as this helps RiverGate to continue helping women in need change their lives.

Thank you!

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