THE LIFEGATE PROJECT
The LifeGate Project is a series of faith-based programs that relies on a team approach to produce sustainable benefit in missions. We focus on developmental strategies rather than relief efforts. Our instruction introduces frameworks for disaster preparation, preparedness, response, and recovery so that every community has the potential to live healthier lives. LifeGate materials target Bible School students, pastors, community leaders, chaplains, women, adolescents, and children.
The internationally-based Vision Team is comprised of health professionals who equip the LifeGate Program Coordinators.
The LifeGate Program Coordinators are medical staff and administrators who work together to equip the Master Trainers.
Our Master Trainers are Lead Pastors and other leaders who go out into the communities and establish Committees.
The Committees are made up of local church and community leaders who educate and equip the Community Health Workers (CHWs).
Community Health Workers
The CHWs are local pastors and church leaders who carry out the health promotion and disease prevention activities, plus expand the program in neighboring communities.
During the summer of 2014, The LifeGate Project launched in Pemba, Mozambique, in partnership with Iris Global Ministries. The professional team developed the LifeGate Health Manual and Picture Book to introduce the health promotion program. Both resources focus on the primary public health issues of clean water, sanitation, hygiene, maternal and child health, and reproductive health. Then, over a two-week mission in Pemba, we developed a pilot program designed to empower a public health program for leaders – one easily replicated across national and cultural contexts. These concepts are built on the lasting foundation of the Gospel, discipleship, and church planting. We empower indigenous leaders through knowledge, skills and tools, enabling them to steward local resources for healthier communities and longitudinal sustainability.
The LifeGate Project in Central and South America partners with organizations that train indigenous leaders to share the gospel, plant churches, and bring discipleship to their people. Our role is to come alongside these organizations and provide the community leaders with health training tools they can use to empower their communities to live healthier, while using local resources. We have now worked with nearly 50 separate language and people groups throughout the Peruvian and Brazilian rainforest, remote Columbia and in the Dominican Republic. Our goal is to equip indigenous and national leaders to become heath trainers who will create community ownership of health, foster local innovation, and improve lives.
The LifeGate Team partners with IRIS Relief and Camp Barkeley Abilene, TX to provide the medical preparation component for relief missions. During the Leaders School of 2018 in Puerto Rico, the LifeGate Team will begin working with IRIS Relief to provide emergency medical response for medical missions training for disaster response. School attendees will receive training on basic life support and first aid response outlined by the American Heart Association, with FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) training.