“A little over fifteen years ago a pastor named Matt Miofsky shared with me a vision for a new church that would reach new generations of people in St. Louis. As I listened to this vision, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of. The church didn’t even have a name yet, but I believed in the vision so much that at the end of our conversation I decided to make a financial gift to help get it started. I couldn’t have imagined at the time the impact that gift would have, not only on others, but on me and my faith. It’s been exciting to see that gift multiply over and over, thousands of times. The blessings that I have seen take place through The Gathering, and in my own life, are overwhelming to think about. When I made that initial decision to support The Gathering, I didn’t realize at the time God was using that decision to transform me. I thought I was just helping a young pastor I believed in. But saying yes to that moment of generosity opened up a doorway to a new journey in my life. I learned the truth of the verse that says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.” Because of The Gathering, my relationship with God has deepened in ways I could never have imagined. God has taken me on quite a journey over the last fifteen years that has included trips to Mozambique, helping launch new sites of The Gathering, and now worshiping online from my new home in Philadelphia. I am grateful for The Gathering and for the ways God used a simple act of generosity as a vehicle for doing new and significant things in my life.” -- Mark Miller