God has blessed Gil and Kelly with 19 precious children. They admit they are not a perfect family, as there are no perfect people. This couple is aware that any successes experienced in their family are a result of the culmination of help from many others God has brought into their lives. The Bates share that they are "humbled more often than we’d like to be and we find that we’re often wrong more than we are right." The transparency of their Christian walk and reality of raising a large family intrigue audiences and present opportunities to point folks to God.