The Gospel Van

Mission: To fulfill the Great Commission through homeless outreach, outdoor worship gatherings, social media, and serving whoever the Holy Spirit puts in my path. 

Vision: To reach 1 million souls with the unconditional love of Jesus.

When I got sober in 2014, everything changed. I had no clue that God was going to lead me into full-time ministry, but here we are! This journey has helped me see and understand that God is not limited to church walls. The Great Commission commands us to GO, and that's what this mission is all about.

Following Jesus is the greatest adventure. I gave up everything to do this: my full-time job at a software company, a comfortable 2 bedroom apartment in Charlotte, and everything that couldn't fit in the van.

God has somehow provided for my needs every single day since I officially hit the road on August 1, 2017. The journey definitely hasn't been easy, but the most challenging moments have proven to be the greatest blessings. Countless friends and total strangers have pitched in to keep this mission going, and I'm eternally grateful for your kindness and radical generosity.   

It's tough to budget and plan for this journey, simply because every moment is led by the Holy Spirit.
Below are the fixed monthly costs for 2019. Please pitch in whatever you can, and hopefully we can meet up somewhere out there on the road!

Monthly Expenses:

Ministry Fund: $1,000
(This goes directly toward helping individuals and families I encounter on the road. It helps pay for meals, groceries, clothes, toiletries, bills, and other financial challenges people face.)

Gospel Van Payment: $657

Van Insurance: $128

Food: $350
(And coffee. Gotta have good coffee.)

Gas: $300
(This one varies each month. It costs about $70 to fill up the van. If you'd like to sponsor a tank of gas, that'd be so appreciated!!)

Lodging: $200
(The van helps a ton with this, but it's really nice to wake up in a real bed and have a hot shower. This is for the occasional campground/hotel room when it's needed.)

Miscellaneous: $500
(Flat tires, oil changes, and expecting the unexpected.)

Monthly Total: $3,135

*These are the primary essentials each month. There's no financial gain on my end, but I do gain exponentially in the areas of faith, hope, and love. And adventure. Let's be real, I've seen and experienced some really cool places haha. I care nothing about stuff. My motive is eternity. Love. That's it.

You can either donate on this page, or click here to give via PayPal  or Venmo .

It's a joy and an honor to share this journey with you on social media, just please understand there's a LOT that happens off camera. I believe in the importance of giving in secret, and I also understand the importance of using social media for the Kingdom. Still learning how to strike a balance between the two, so all I ask is that you extend a bit of grace in this area. Some days can be overwhelming, to say the least. 

***Just to be super transparent, I'm currently working full-time at a golf course in Bend, Oregon. It isn't the most ideal situation, but I have to take responsibility for the bills that aren't being paid. As soon as we reach this goal, I'll be able to hit the road again. Fundraising in ministry ain't easy. It's beyond humbling, and it requires a ton of faith, patience, and perseverance. 

I'll continue working full-time and pouring everything I can into reaching this goal - I only ask that you pitch in what you can. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support!!!

-Zack (and Ziva)

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