The concept of being “in the gap” originates from a verse in the Bible, Ezekiel 22:30 – “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” This account in the Bible gives insight on how the nation of Israel was filled with corruption, deception, and abuse from the political and religious leaders of the land down to the common individuals. God was looking for someone to turn them away from the destructive path they were on; but unable to find anyone, He destroyed them.
Observing the rapid self-destruction that is sweeping across America’s youth and children through irresponsibility, dishonesty, crime, gangs, peer pressure, entertainment, drugs, sex, exploitation, abuse, neglect, and suicide, God calls us to rise up and “stand in the gap” on behalf of the upcoming generations.
After working as the School Coordinator and Internship Program Director for Character First Education (www.characterfirst.com) for many years, while also teaching character in elementary classrooms and training high school and college students, Chad Christiansen saw first-hand the needs and struggles children are facing today. His heart was moved to make a difference in the lives of children before they are caught up in the negative influences that surround them.
In early 2010, due to economic shortfalls, Character First had to make the difficult decision to close down their volunteer internship program, which had run successfully for the previous thirteen years. After weighing various options and consulting the Character First leadership about the future of the Internship and School programs, Chad sensed God leading him to use this opportunity to begin a new organization. The new program would continue teaching character lessons to children, but would also expand into working with children through after-school and community programs. In the summer of 2010, In The Gap was born. In The Gap has the full blessing of Character First’s board and continues to foster a wonderful working relationship with the organization.
In The Gap seeks to train youth and young adults to effectively communicate truth, be salt and light, and make a difference in children’s lives – now, and for eternity. Our Vision is large, and our Mission is challenging, but with God’s strength and the help of those who are concerned for the future of our children, together we will make a positive difference for the NEXT generation!