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