Fill the Truck

Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now.

We are collecting donations at Gateway Baptist Church at 1915 Rosemark road Atoka Tn 38004 now through September 11. Office hours are M-F 8-4. Donations also accepted Wednesday evenings until 8pm and Sunday mornings.
Below is a list of the most needed items.


Bottled water, clothing, toiletries, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, hand soap, adult diapers, feminine products, disposable razors, shaving cream, toilet paper, diapers for babies, baby wipes, baby food, baby formula, sippy cups and bottles, pet cages, kennels, leashes, collars, pet food, cat litter, nonperishable food items, school supplies


sheet rock,R-13 Insulation, sheet rock mud, sheet rock tape, paint, paint rollers, paint pans

buckets, bleach, cleaning detergent, mops, Shockwave for mold, brooms, paper towels, large garbage bags, rubber gloves, masks, scrub brushes, scouring pads, sponges, air freshener

Random Act of Kindness

 An army of volunteers from Gateway will be going out to spread kindness in a variety of ways this week!  We want to start a movement by spreading the love of Jesus in practical ways all over our community.

Here are some of your stories of

Random Acts of Kindness:

a warm gift for a neighbor

a warm gift for a neighbor

for the deli lady

for the deli lady




These were left at a RedBox


for the next person in line at the grocery store


Someone called the church and said that a GBC member paid for their lunch at DQ. They had had a terrible day and had some major life issues and it was such an encouragement.


Delicious home cooked dinner brought to employees at a local business.




A classroom gift


Letting the before school ladies at Austin Peay Elementary know how much they are appreciated and loved. I see them up there early every morning, while I am running, ready to come take care of those precious kiddos. -we brought pumpkin muffins, dark chocolate cocoa and arm-knitted scarves to warm them up!


Thank you gifts for our fireman: homemade cookies & hot chocolate!

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“I just paid for a lady’s breakfast at IHOP and sent a Random act of Kindness card to her. She told the waitress that that is the 3rd time that has happened to her! 3rd time a Christian has done that for her! Tell me the Lord isn’t working on her!”



Layton did some random acts today by giving away some of her chickens eggs! She feeds, waters and collect eggs daily from her chickens. This was her special way of sharing the love of Jesus.




Dinner, anyone?


How about lunch for employees at a local business!


Gotta have popcorn for movie night!

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Just in time for the arctic freeze.


We bought a beautiful arrangement of flowers and a balloon. Then gave them to the florist. We told her SHE is beautiful and Jesus LOVES her!


The lady that lives next door is a widow. We try to take care of her throughout the year. This week, it was covering her faucets in time for the cold snap.

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These sweet children are so excited to do their random act of kindness. They have been sitting at the end of our driveway giving away free candy and drinks for the past two hours. So proud of them!

 2013 Random Acts of Kindness Day

GE DIGITAL CAMERAI made cupcakes for Dani’s birthday so decided I’d treat my mail carrier on Tues. 10/08/13. She said it made her day to find a sweet treat she’d been craving( she ate it on the spot) and an ice cold soda, along with a note of appreciation .

GE DIGITAL CAMERAIn my mail at that same time was a sweet card and note from an old friend who was prompted to pray for me and let me know she misses me.  How ironic is that?  We can never outgive God. -Pat Ward

They nurses and doctors that took care of Mom while she was recovering from heart surgery was the best. They were all very nice and attentive to her needs. When we checked her out on Monday I took them a thank you card and some cookies. We got the surgery team a card for Mom to take on Wednesday to her follow up appointment. So thankful for there skill and caring heart.


IMG_0025Her smile tells the story!

IMG_0007 Behind that Random Act of Kindness card is a gift card to Chick-Fil-A.

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 Popcorn is a must with a movie.  It tastes better when it’s free!


a surprise at CoinStar


Home baked goodies for local businesses, delicious!


Even the littlest members of our faith family get involved!


cookies for the waiting room at the hospital


These girls went door-to-door giving out little bouquets.  It was an extra special honor to pray for some of their neighbors.


The 7th & 8th grade boys worked at the food pantry.


Pay for the coffee for the person behind you in line!



Or just hand them a gift card!

What’s YOUR story of kindness?


Last week we took a PAUSE for some rest. Now, it’s time to PLAY!

Make an effort to do at least 2 random acts of kindness during the week. Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 1.11.02 PM Present the recipient with a “random act” card (available in the office). There are some suggestions below, but be creative, think of others! If you are at a place of business, you might want to ask permission to do your acts. We are also encouraging small groups to work together to do additional random acts of kindness. Our goal is 1,000 acts of kindness.

Please take pictures or videos of your ideas. Be careful not to “trumpet” your act of kindness by the way you video or present your pictures. You can share on social media (use the hashtag #1000acts) or send to Kelley via text 901.568.3690 or email kt(at)

partialHere are a few ideas:

When visiting a patient at the hospital, take some time and stop into seines room who doesn’t have any visitors at the time.

Take flowers to a hospital and hand out a flower to the patients.

Leave a note in you mailbox letting the mail carrier know you appreciate them.

Clean up litter on a street in your neighborhood.

Drop home-made baked goods to your local police or fire department.

Organize a sing-a-long at a local senior enter or stop by to play the piano for the residents. Just holding someones hand and listening to what they want to talk about or praying with them means so much.

Let someone behind you in the grocery check-out line go in front of you.

Volunteer to read to students at a near-by school.

Wash a neighbors vehicle.

partialGive a manager a compliment about a sales clerk for their pleasant or helpful service.

Leave your change in the soda or snack vending machine for the next person. It’s a nice surprise.

Purchase a meal for a homeless person.

Add some quarters to a parking meter you notice is low.

Pay for the person behind you at a restaurant.

Give water bottles to construction workers.

If you see a neighbor hasn’t set his or her trash can out for the morning pick-up, wheel it out to the curb yourself.

Purchase a couple extra bags of dog or cat food and take it to the animal shelter.

Pump everyone’s gas for an hour or two.

if you notice a neighbor’s lawn is becoming over-grown, mow it.

Drop off books and magazines to hospitals and nursing homes.

Give care packs to the homeless.

Help someone with their yard work.

Hold the door open for someone.

Return a shopping cart.

Give someone a pair of movie tickets.

Help someone load or unload their groceries.

Buy a dessert for someone at another table.

Thank your kids’ bus driver.

Thank your kids’ teacher.

Pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor.

Clean the gym equipment at the local fitness center.

Pass up a good parking spot so the next person can have it.

Keep $5/$10 gift cards to fast food restraints to give to homeless.

Thank a military service member.

BIG SALE – Family moving to mission field

Friday 8-4 and Saturday 7-3
is the Tennant family’s BIG

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Furniture, deep freezer, other appliances, home decor, outdoor equipment, kitchen/cooking items, clothing, toys, kayak, fishing gear galore, tools, books, etc.

If you would like to make donations to the Tennants, you may send a check made out to Gateway, with “Ecuador Orphan Ministry” in the memo section. You may mail the checks to 1915 Rosemark Road, Atoka, TN 38004. For questions, call 901-837-8087.