So the ministry of Justice at the Gate has never been about name ID or funding for this ministry alone, but about a vision to change America through likeminded leaders with networks, expertise and a heart to partner together.
We saw Texas change in the 1990’s through networking with other leaders and not trying to duplicate something that was already going on in various counties. It was about serving existing organizations and providing skilled leadership in grassroots mobilization. That took place through Texas Christian Coalition (TXCC) having organized 179 county chapters in Texas and delivering voter guides in those and many counties where there was no organization, just one person who was willing to deliver voter guides. The county coordinators were shared with statewide organizations that were primarily policy experts, but they used TXCC’s grassroots to further their policy goals. And it worked.
The same philosophy was foundational during the Marriage Amendment Special Election in 2005. Justice at the Gate was recruited to mobilize traditional values voters for the Special Election in November 2005. That year, every one of the 254 counties in Texas had someone delivering voter guides in English and Spanish, and every county but one, Travis County (Austin), passed the Marriage Amendment. Some counties in the Panhandle and East Texas voted 94% in favor of traditional marriage!
In 2002, JatG brought together Hispanic Leaders from across the state for the first time to hear Gov. Rick Perry and learn about how to mobilize their churches around Biblical values. A couple of years later CONFIA, Council on Faith in Action, was birthed through Justice at the Gate and in 2007 it hosted 750 Hispanic pastors and spouses in Austin to begin a movement of Hispanics in Texas. Rev. Mark Gonzales in Dallas was a part of the CONFIA Task Force, and he has since built a formidable grassroots organization in every largely Hispanic state as well as with key leaders of every ethnicity across the nation.
In 2006, Justice at the Gate hosted the VIP African American Pastors and Leaders’ Summit with 300 Black pastors and spouses in attendance at the Austin Hilton. The focus that year was School Choice with leaders like former Education Secretary Rod Paige, Gov. Rick Perry, Apostle Willie Wooten from New Orleans and other notable Black leaders like Rev. Dwight McKissic from Arlington and Rev. Kiev Tatum from Fort Worth.
In 2014, David Barton, founder of WallBuilders recruited the founder of JatG to help organize the National Black Robe Regiment (NBRR) whose Executive Director was Mark Gonzales, founder of Hispanic Action Network. Over 6 million stewardship guides in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Hmong in the 16 battleground states for the 2016 election were delivered by teams of Black, Hispanic, Asian and white individuals in a massive effort to cover all the churches in those states. It’s a testament to the fact that if voters of every ethnicity receive nonpartisan information about candidates’ voting records and public statements, there are still enough voters who believe in Biblical values to turn elections in the US.