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.

Christmas: Celebrating the Birth of Our Christ

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!