The Gospel Van

$31,754 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 538 people in 12 months
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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Hey friends!!! I spent some time updating this campaign and putting my heart and vision into words.
As you may know from Instagram, I've been in Bend, Oregon for a couple of months working full-time and preparing for the next chapter of this journey.

Life has for sure taken some unexpected turns (getting engaged, getting un-engaged, landing a full-time job in Oregon, and lots of spiritual battles), but I can totally see God's goodness and providence in all of it.

Just thank you for being true to me, for helping me get the Gospel Van and hit the road in the first place, for your love, prayers, and encouragement - all of it.

In short, my goal here is still to launch a facility. A place where people can come and get sober, find healing, and most importantly, encounter the love of Jesus 24/7. I'm not giving up on this dream, because I believe God put it here in the first place.

Of course, my heart also burns to keep going and sharing the love of Jesus with the world, just like The Great Commission says to do. I can't do either of these things without your support, so thank you in advance for believing in me and this mission!

I'll continue working full-time this summer and pouring everything I can into working on the van and getting ready to do more Kingdom work here in Oregon and in my travels. My hope is to get started on a facility here in Oregon in the Fall, and hopefully hit the road again in some capacity before winter.

Just wanted to get this message to you, and I hope it finds you well. All the love!!!!!!! -Zack (and Ziva)
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Hey friends!!!! Just wanted to share a major update with you. As you may know, I'm in Oregon laying the foundation for a church/outdoor recovery ministry.

I also just got engaged last week to the love of my life. Yeah. Crazy. We can't wait to share the entire story with you!!!

This is a season of massive change, and I could really use your help. To embrace my new role as a husband, I feel strongly that it's time for me to get back to full-time work and prepare to provide for a family. So, I'm spending my time in Oregon looking for work, making connections, and putting down roots.

The Gospel Van is still being used for daily outreach, and it's SUCH a huge blessing to have the van as a place of refuge on these cold nights.

I'll just speak my heart here. We got the van, and then support completely dropped off. And that's on me for not communicating and asking for help more regularly.

New life needs to be breathed into this mission, as I transition into starting a church and getting back to full-time work.

All donations will now go toward getting a space in Oregon to start this church from. Doors to open to the homeless. A place for daily and nightly worship gatherings. A place for Christ-centered recovery meetings. A place to pour into others, just as you've poured into me.

Please pitch in as you feel led. Thank you so much for this incredible journey. God is faithful!!!!!

In Christ,

Zack Gudzan
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A dear friend reached out and has offered to match every donation until we hit the goal. Crazy.

That means we’re really, really close - it means God hears prayers, it means you have helped make this dream a reality, and it means a ton of people are going to be blessed by your radical generosity!

We can for sure hit this goal today. Again, every dollar is being matched (aka doubled!!). I’m so blown away by this. Just thank you. Times a million. Let’s hit this goal and give God all the glory!!!!!!!

Much Love,

Zack (and Ziva)
Philippians 4:4-13
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This week has been massive, and I don't even know how to begin to say thank you. I feel like so many people out there fail to realize how significant they really are. Like...we wait on other people to step up first, or we just assume that because there's progress, we're not needed in the process.

I'm so thankful that wasn't your mindset when you decided to give to this mission. I'm so thankful you believe in me when, in truth, many days I don't even believe in myself. Thank you for being my reminder to keep going, and that you care. It's not about dollar amounts...it's about love, and that's what you've shown me.

December is pretty much here, and that scares the crap out of me. Yes, my faith is strong, but I can't pretend this whole thing isn't overwhelming. Every single day in December, I'm gonna have to trust in God's radical provision. There's no room for an "off day." If we're going to hit this goal (which I'm declaring now, YES WE WILL HIT THIS GOAL IN JESUS' NAME), we need to somehow raise an average of $500 per day until January 1st. It's daunting, yet somehow I believe.

Please commit to helping. I need you. In addition to giving my all to raising these funds every day, I have to somehow put together an outreach plan in every state, keep up with social media, contact homeless shelters, treatment centers, and other non-profits all over the country, and also trust that God's going to provide help in every place He calls me to go. It's just a lot.

And I get that money is tight. So if you don't have a dime, say a prayer. Prayers are valuable, and God for sure hears them! I'll be praying that God will radically bless you in this season, that you'll find a peace you've never known before - that He will bring healing into your relationships, hope for today, strength for tomorrow, clarity into your heart about your next move, and that you'll receive the fullness of love you've so graciously given me.

Ok. That's my heart. It's 2:44am right now, and I'm just gonna trust this makes sense. Please help me get this van!!!! And please reach out if you can help in any other way. This is so beyond me! Much love. -Zack

*Mark 11:24*
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