Thankfully Full

Did you know?! One in six families in KY struggle with food insecurity.  Nathaniel Mission is committed to meeting that need with dignity towards our neighbors.  Through our partnership with God's Pantry, Glean KY, FoodChain, individual donors, and churches.  We are able to meet that need for our neighbors along the Versailles Road Corridor and beyond.  

Through a time of listening to our neighbors needs, we found that 50% of clients come to the market every month.  For at least 57 families surveyed, the Market meets a critical need for their family that can't be filled by any other resource.  We have had an average of 189 families accessing the Market on a monthly basis in 2018. 

Over the last 6 months our God's Pantry partnership opened the door for us to pick up two days a week at Target and Kroger and receive a Little Caesar's donation once a week.  These pick ups include fresh produce, frozen food, meat, bread and bakery items, and many miscellaneous items from salad dressing to boxed meals and everything in between. 

Even more that food, families receive love and respect, where we intentionally take time to look our neighbors in the eye and speak life into their lives.  They receive spiritual support with a prayer partner where they have a chance to express their needs, connect to resources, and to receive prayer. 

With growth of clients and partners, we are looking for people who have a heart to feed the hungry. Here are a list of ways people can volunteer their time: 

Retail Donation Pick Ups: Tuesday & Thursday mornings from Target (Reynolds) and Kroger (Leestown).

Shopper Assistant & Prayer Partners: On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-2pm the market is open.  In order for our market to function well we need a team of four people. One person who takes time to listen and to pray for our neighbors.  Another to check IDs and input data into the computer and two others who help the neighbor shop for items. This commitment takes place from 12:45-2:30pm either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

We are looking for financial givers, monthly as well as one time only gifts.  Simply $12.50 a month will feed one family at the Market. 


After a career of taking care of animals as a Veterinary Technician and then Practice Manager, my focus changed to wanting to help feed people. In my last years in veterinary medicine someone dropped off a dog that needed a home and with him came a few cases of canned goods. I decided to cart the food over to God’s Pantry and picked up some information on volunteering. Coincidentally in a meeting at my church, Southern Hills United Methodist, one of our ministers was advocating that we need to support our local Nathaniel Mission. In looking for volunteer opportunities at the Mission I

found out a God’s Pantry location was housed at the Mission. In God’s perfect timing both my focus to help feed people and work with Nathaniel Mission came together.  After God’s Pantry made the decision to wean down their locations, Doris and Bob Hagar with Rev. Dave McFarland started our own market place which also enabled our guests to receive toiletries and supplies not offered with food stamps. But the most important aspect they included was prayer. Each guest of the market is offered a few moments of prayer which in turn builds relationships to the goal of investing, restoring and transforming. Thank you, Nathaniel Mission, for the opportunity to reach out to others who are in need.
Please let the staff know if you would like to volunteer or get more information about the market which is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-2.

Meet Yankel!

Meet Yankel!

Yankel’s story will help you to understand how an investment in a scholarship CAN and DOES change a child’s life.   At age 5 and entering Kindergarten in a foreign county, Yankel came to the Mission’s Cardinal Valley After-School program 18 months behind his peers, exhibiting the signs of significant social and emotional trauma. 

You Are Invited!

Open House, Silent Auction & Benefit Concert

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Zoe Speaks, original roots music from the heart of Kentucky, is performing a benefit concert for Nathaniel Mission on Saturday, September 8th.  Join us for an Open House starting at 2pm, a perfect opportunity to see and hear about what God is doing in and around The Mission.  There will be a silent auction with a variety of items which includes fantastic UK basketball seats.  Concert and silent auction will begin at 3pm.  Be sure to share this event with your friends and family via Facebook. 

Zoe Speaks consists of Kentuckians Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover, and Owen Reynolds, who draw on their deep roots in the region to put their own spin on everything from traditional ballads to finely-crafted originals. A smooth, mellow instrumental mix lays the background for the close vocal harmonies that are a defining feature of their sound. A veritable songwriting powerhouse, their song contest wins include the Telluride Troubador Contest, Merlefest's Chris Austin Contest, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and Kerrville New Folk, among others. A staple on the Kentucky music scene for over a decade with three successful CDs under their belt, they are back together and set to release a new album this summer. They accompany themselves on guitar, claw hammer banjo, upright bass, and sometimes dulcimer and clogging feet.

Transforming Our Community

Transforming Our Community

Although summer camp is over, the school year is just around the corner giving us yet another opportunity to connect with and love the kids in our neighborhoods. We have plenty of opportunities to show Christ’s love to our neighborhood kids through our 2 after school programs at either Cardinal Valley or the Mission. Our Cardinal Valley Program runs on Mondays and Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 PM at Cardinal Valley Elementary School. Our program at the Mission runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 PM.

Good Samaritan Grant

These monies will allow our clinics to increase the number of clients seen, the frequency with which we offer these clinics and classes, as well as to begin to position our initiatives to meet needs previously unaddressed.  One area of need we are particularly excited at addressing is the health and wellness of children in the Versailles Road corridor. 

Update Letter from our Executive Team

On January 24th, The Nathaniel Mission Board met to hear the report of our Executive staff on this period of research.  The product of their study was the formulation of the 2018 Strategic Vision Plan for The Nathaniel Mission.  This plan outlines the clear conclusions that our research and data point to: The Versailles Road Corridor is ripe for Kingdom service.  Some of the most underserved and overlooked neighborhoods in Lexington are within walking distance of the Nathaniel Mission.  These communities are racially and ethnically diverse, predominantly poverty stricken, and generally lacking in supportive community services.