Honduras Mission 2020

When: Tuesday, June 2 — Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Where: Baxter Institute, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Oracion (Prayer)

The most important thing you can do is to pray. Stop several times a day

and pray for the people of Tegucigalpa. Pray that they see the Gospel in us. Pray

that we are safe. Pray that your heart will be yielded totally to Jesus. Pray

for the group. And pray for the people of Honduras. God wants to use

you to change the lives of some people while in Honduras.

This trip is designed to introduce people to a deeper commitment to

Jesus Christ and to allow his life to be lived through them. This short—

term mission trip is guided by the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35—36:3

“For, I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and

you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after

me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Our purpose and goal is

to experience Matthew 25 as far as giving ourselves away so that “rivers

of living water will flow from within us” John 7:38.

What is Baxter Institute? 

Baxter Institute is a Christian School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where they prepare their students to go out and preach the Gospel in their communities. They house students, mission groups, and reach out into their community through benevolence and providing medical care. You can find more out about Baxter via Instagram @baxterinstitute1964, on Facebook @BaxterInstitute, or online at www.baxterinstitute.org 

Housing at Baxter: 

Bed, pillows, & sheets provided.

1 gallon of water per day to drink & brush teeth (DO NOT DRINK TAP WATER).

Breakfast, Lunch (sack lunches), & Dinner provided.

Transportation will be provided by Baxter. 

What We Will Be Doing:

    • Building Houses (1-2) 
    • Helping around Baxter
    • Serving with Breaking Chains Ministry in Downtown Tegucigalpa. We will also go to church here on Sunday. 
    • We will go to the Valley of Angels where many of the members of the church at Breaking Chains have small shops. We will shop there to help out their businesses. 
    • Holding a Medical Clinic.
    • Visiting a Boys Home as well as a home for children with special needs. 
    • There will also be other youth groups at Baxter the same week as us. There is a good chance that we will spit up into different groups doing any of the activites listed above. There will be no shortage of things to do while we are down there! 


  • November 15th: Deadline to sign up
  • December 15th: Passports Due
  • February 2nd: Buying plane tickets. Half of the overall cost must be raised by this time. 


  • As of right now, the total cost per person is not solidified yet. I will be talking to a few different mission trip travel organizations to see if we can get a good group rate for plane tickets. The total price will probably be around $1,300-$1,500 per person (estimate). 
  • The cost of building a house will be around $1,400 per house. All of the money for the houses will be raised before we leave. I have several different fundraisers planned for us to do leading up to the trip. 
  • Even though this is a GSM event, this trip is open to any and everyone from Gateway. Small children and adults alike are welcome! However, if your child is in 8th grade or below, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on this trip.
  • Please be looking into getting your passport. It must be valid six months before our return date (June 10, 2020). 

The main thing we should all be doing is PRAYING. We need to be in constant prayer leading up to this trip. If you have any questions, please contact Jared Hensley. 

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GSM Halloween & Christmas Parties

Our annual Halloween and Christmas parties will be here before you know it! The GSM Halloween Party will be on Sunday, October 20th at the Shields’ house while the GSM Christmas Party will be held at the Ray’s home on Sunday, December 8th. Both of these events will be in the evening in place of Small Group. Stay tuned for more updates in the following weeks.

Reflect Winter Retreat


Mark your calendars! Our Winter Retreat, Reflect, will be at the beautiful Laguna Beach Retreat Center in Panama City, FL on January 17-20, 2020. Come join us for a weekend full of fun, passionate worship, and spiritual formation along with student ministries from all across the southeast. We will be providing transportation to and from this event via two 15 passenger vans. Parents, we will need several chaperones as well as one van driver. If you are interested, please let Jared know!

Stay tuned for more details that will go out about this retreat in the next servals months.

Fall Retreat 2019

Our annual Fall Retreat will is coming up fast! It will be Friday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 24th. This year, the retreat will be held at Children’s Harbor in Alexander City, AL since Hargis has been closed. The cost is $75 per student plus money for one fast food meal on Sunday afternoon. The deadline to have all money turned in is Sunday, October 27th. We will be providing two 15 passenger vans for transportation and we still need drivers for those vans. However, I understand that since this is the start of Thanksgiving Break that several families will plan to leave from the retreat to go out of town for the week. However, there is limited parking at Children’s Harbor, so please keep that in mind when making that decision. Please let Jared know if you have any questions regarding this.

On another note, this is no longer a Roc Kids & GSM event. It is now solely a GSM event. Again, if your family is planning on leaving for Thanksgiving Break from Children’s Harbor and is bringing children who are not in GSM (7th-12th grade), please let Jared know.

We are so excited to see what God has in store for us this weekend! Children’s Harbor has a beautiful campus right on the banks of Lake Martin that include beach volleyball, an outdoor amphitheater with fire pit, a full outdoor basketball court, a putt-putt course, all included with our lake-side lodging.

If you are interested in going, sign-up sheets can be found in the teen room as well as both Connect Stations. If you have any interest in driving a van or have any questions, please let Jared know!


The GSM Store


Hello Everyone!
We are excited to open up our GSM Store. Throughout the year we will add new products to represent our Student Ministry in multiple ways. These products are available to anyone (NOT JUST GSM STUDENTS) so all are welcome to purchase.

Our logo above will come to represent the Gateway Student Ministry and everything we stand for as followers of Christ so I’m glad we can do that in fun ways. All of the proceeds from the store will go directly into our Mission Fund.

I will be adding a GSM Store link to the menu above so you can always reference it whenever you decide. The products will always be available until they are sold out and everything is first come first serve.

The Gateway Instagram page will also have updated pictures and you can see that on the right of this page (go and follow it for even more details).
Check out the options for Sunglasses and Fanny Packs!

If you are interested in purchasing something, you can email me using the “Contact” tab on the menu and I will have it ready for you.

Have a wonderful day!

A One Stop Shop

Our intent for this website is to keep everyone posted in yet another form of communication. Sign up sheets, information sheets, all of these things will be posted here regularly, giving everyone unlimited access to these things whenever they need them. On occasion, we will post about curriculum, intents of certain trips/events/programs, visions behind our ministry. The main idea is to have yet another form of communication for our ever growing Youth Ministry.