Dan Baer

Reflection of 2018

2019 is Here!

As we begin 2019, we at the Nathaniel Mission are again committed to a yearly process of evaluation, strategic planning, and course-setting for our organization.  2018 was one of tremendous success and much celebration.  The 2018 Strategic Vision Plan we established a year ago has been instrumental in focusing our efforts and creating tangible fruits of our work alongside our neighbors.  In much the same way, our staff and board have begun the process of again creating holy space for the Spirit of God to inspire, direct, and inform our decision making and planning for 2019.  We hope to take a close look at data, invest in conversations with our neighbors and clients, and prayerfully listen to the Lord's direction in the month to come.  In February, after much deliberation and discussion, a 2019 Strategic Vision Plan will be established and published for our partners to read. 

Our hope is to bring our whole community on board with the things God has placed before us and work collaboratively toward achieving the goals and vision we discern for our future.  We know this process will be incomplete without your input and prayers.  Please do consider reaching out to us with your thoughts, suggestions, insight, and support in the weeks to come.  We are confident in the foundational reality of our work - that The Nathaniel Mission is God's, not our own.  We again entrust it into His hands and attentively await His instructions on how to best steward this transformative ministry with which He has blessed us and our communities.

Thank you for journeying with us, and may 2019 be a blessed year for each of you!

Rev. Dan Baer
Executive Director, The Nathaniel Mission

Meet Lorran Ferguson

Nine months ago The Mission and Hope Springs UMC continued to build on our growing partnership.  Our heart at the Mission is to provide for all aspects of our neighbors lives and a relationship with Jesus is at the top of that list.  Neighbors learning to live love by Jesus, which cannot be done outside of community.  Becoming a part of a congregation is something to strongly encourage our neighbors.  At Easter, Hope Springs opened their door to host Breakfast and Bible Study for our folks and Lorran Ferguson stepped up to

the task of coordinating breakfast.  We have an average of 50 folks and upward of 80+ folks from our target neighborhoods and Hope Springs transports folks from the Men's and Women's Hope Centers.  Lorran coordinates groups to serve breakfast.  We are so grateful for her servant's heart.  At Breakfast and Bible Study, you can hear God's truth and a testimony of God's grace and faithfulness from Hope Springs members.  You are welcome to join us! Doors open at 9am with hot coffee and breakfast starts at 9:30am (Suite 150). Most join us to worship over in the worship center (Suite 300) to follow. 

End of the Year 2018

Dear Friends of the Mission, 

            As we come to the close of another year, The Nathaniel Mission is grateful.  We are grateful for the generosity and investment from friends like you. 

At the beginning of the year, The Mission set out on an ambitious journey with our Strategic Vision Plan for 2018.  This plan outlined the many ways in which we would drive at our central focus for the year, namely developing deep and sustainable relationships with our neighbors along the Versailles Road Corridor.  We understood that if transformation were to come to our communities, it would be through the fellowship of mutually committed peoples striving to attain a common, measured, and necessary goal.
Due to your presence, prayers, and gifts, we celebrate most of all those new relationships formed in 2018.  Through clinics, classes, and innumerable programs, we have a rebuilt rapport and respect in our neighborhoods.  Friends and neighbors recognize The Nathaniel Mission again as a ministry of attentive care and substantive resources in assisting during times of need.  Children are receiving critically necessary educational assistance.  Adults are receiving potentially life-saving support and assistance with diabetes management and other health-related issues.  Our building is a safe place for friends in crisis where real, tangible assistance is offered when life seems to be at its most precarious.
In short, those who were otherwise overlooked are known at The Nathaniel Mission.  We celebrate that The Mission’s impact in our communities is restoring dignity and respect to those who previously were on the outside looking in.

What better time to remember that Jesus Himself came as one such individual.  Born in lowly estate, heralded by social outcasts and foreign ambassadors, Jesus was born into the most unexpected place and welcomed all to the table in return.  We celebrate this joyous season that The Nathaniel Mission continues this grace-filled work in places deeply in need.

As this year ends, we thank you for your help in accomplishing these miraculous achievements, with the power and for the glory of God.  We simply ask that at this time of celebration and generous kindness, as you gather with those at your own tables and lift high the name of Jesus, you would remember our friends at The Nathaniel Mission.

Your year-end gift is most appreciated.  It allows us to step forward into 2019 with confidence knowing that our supporters, volunteers, prayer warriors, and friends are behind us as we see where and to whom God sends us next.

Blessings to you all, and Merry Christmas!

Rev. Dan Baer
Executive Director

Good Samaritan, great news!

Good Samaritan, great news!

Ministry is expensive, particularly ministry focused on improving the health and wellness of impoverished communities without access to adequate health care.  The Nathaniel Mission Health and Wellness Center, our arm of the Mission aimed at changing the physical wellbeing of our neighbors, is a costly endeavor.  Our clinics, classes, support groups, and other initiatives are an investment in our neighborhoods that truly does lead to restoration and transformation, but not without a steep price tag.

Guiding Principle #2

Guiding Principle #2

Dale walked into the Mission with a furtive glance over his shoulder.He was skittish, on edge from the millions of thoughts certainly racing through his head.Dale was homeless, living a life of constant vigilance and defensiveness.Every day Dale had to be mindful of the consequences of normal human choices.If Dale fell asleep, what would happen to his belongings, his person?If Dale needed to leave his tent to get food or find a bathroom, would he return to anything left at all?If Dale walked down the street, or made eye contact with another human being, what would they think, say, do to him?

Invest. Restore. Transform.

Invest. Restore. Transform.

One passage of scripture continued to rise to the surface.  These words of challenge and encouragement seemed to simultaneously encapsulate our desire to work alongside our neighbors as well as God’s clear instructions for how that work could actually make an eternal difference.  The passage is Isaiah 58:6-14, wherein God calls His people to a radical form of discipleship.  While the people seek to practice their spirituality, or more particularly the act of fasting, solely for their own betterment, God’s strategic vision for their expression of faith is inherently relational, calling the people to take notice of and work to alleviate the suffering of others around them.  For God, our faith and relationship to Him are their most powerful when they propel us into the lives of our neighbors as we work together for our mutual benefit in the Kingdom of God.