Mercy Gate Ministries formed as a result of three Kerr County women joining hearts and visions to see poverty eradicated, and trafficked victims supported into freedom. Founding members Chae Spencer, Lisa Carpenter, and Lana Seibert have a combined ministry experience of over 30 years, each of them dedicated to personal ministry until forming Mercy Gate as a means of reaching a greater scope of those in need. After years of serving, Spencer envisioned Mercy Gate Ministries as an outreach that would gather the lost, broken, and forgotten of our local community. The month before Mercy Gate launched, Carpenter helped a homeless man find his footing, aiding in employment, housing, and transportation. She saw the places this man had fallen through the cracks, and knew that if she wanted to help others, something bigger than the local church needed to be instituted. There needed to be a ministry, a go-between that would orchestrate needs and connect people to resources, as well as give the community a chance to participate. Spencer and Carpenter knew they needed Seibert on their team, as she had ministered for years at a local non-profit organization for abandoned children, and brought a unique skill set and passion to the mix. Together they organize local events to raise awareness about poverty, and regularly meet firsthand with those who come to Mercy Gate for assistance. More than just financial aid, Mercy Gate Ministries offers ministerial accountability and counsel to those who make use of their services, as well as friendship. Spencer, Carpenter, and Seibert began Mercy Gate not only to satisfy physical need, but to meet the emotional and spiritual needs that poverty often invokes. Their combined experience and compassion make Mercy Gate a dynamic ministry that has already impacted many in our local community, and has only begun.