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.
Open House, Silent Auction & Benefit Concert
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.
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.
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.
We want neighbors to have the skills and knowledge to make good use of their resources. The first Tuesday of the month we invite neighbors to lunch to explore and discuss topics such as finance, budgeting, banking, home energy, and housing rights and issues.
Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve this summer?!
Studies have shown that students who do not have active ways to engage in educational opportunities during the summer months experience Summer Learning Loss. This gap is even greater between children from high-income families to low-income families.
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.
The Christmas season has been upon us for quiet some time now. Christmas is my favorite season. I love all of the celebrations, family traditions, the way the Christmas season brings people together but most of all celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
We brought the kids that we work with together to celebrate this season and the birth of Jesus Christ. We held Christmas parties for Harrison Elementary, Cardinal Valley, and Speigle Heights.
The community Speigle Heights and the kids that live there hold a special place in our hearts. We have done a few events in the community over this school year. This school year we have partnered with Christ Church to do an after-school program at Harrison Elementary school and we began an after-school program at Cardinal Valley. Over the last few weeks, we have been talking about the birth of Jesus Christ in our mentoring time. We ended our last day of the program before Christmas break by celebrating with a party! At our parties we had pizza, a Christmas ornament craft, decorating cookies, gifts and other fun stuff as well. Take a look at all of the fun we had celebrating!
Our desire is to be very intentional in building relationships with the children and families in these communities. One avenue that we have utilized is provided the children with activities on the weekends and during summer. These activities allow us to connect with the children in the community, get to know them, and find out where needs are.
Our central goal has remained the same and our hearts for our new neighbors are still grounded in love, support, and care. However, as we have discovered over these significant years of shifting landscape, the needs of the communities in which we find ourselves now are not always the same as the ones we served in the past. Our great desire is that the shape of our engagement with our neighbors would match those areas of greatest need. In order to do that well however, we must know our neighbors and neighborhoods!