The mission of Gabriel’s Promise is to honor and surpass the commitment that Gabriel Atem Wal made to his 11 nieces and nephews. Gabriel promised to pay for them to go to private boarding school if they met the goal of bringing their grades up to at least what we in the United States would consider a “B” average.
Since they met the challenge so quickly and thoroughly, we want to honor that spirit and surpass the original commitment and ensure that these children’s basic necessities are met as well preparing them to excel in life. These would include basic medical needs such as when one of the children becomes sick, provide a second set of school uniforms and a set of casual clothes, provide toiletries, schools books, the extra cost for school field trips, bible study materials and study bibles. Also to provide spiritual guidance, mentoring and accountability from a pastor who will also hold the schools accountable, ensure they are in a safe environment, attend parent teacher conferences & special events, etc.
Our far reaching goal is to provide the funding for other orphaned and/or needy children to enter the program and for some of the students to continue on to a college education. Our biblical guidance for our mission can be found in the following verses:
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
2 Corinthians 8:11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.