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Theology . . . Freshly Roasted and Brewed: A Little Man’s Presence

By Rev. Christopher Chandler, Pastor

This autumn, we are beginning a new ministry to a group of children who are often neglected, particularly in churches. You will soon hear more about the ministry of Nathaniel’s Hope and a program called Buddy Break, so stay tuned! Until then, here is a little bit about Nathaniel from those who knew him best.

Nathaniel Timothy Kuck, “A Treasured Gift of God,” was born on June 6, 1997, prematurely with multiple birth anomalies including Duodenal Artesia and Craniosynestosis. He was said to have an undiagnosed syndrome. Surgeries, therapies, sickness and hospital visits all became a normal part of his life.

After proving himself to be “a miracle boy,” beating the odds time and again by overcoming many physical obstacles and challenges, on Nov. 13, 2001, at an early age of 4½ years old, Nathaniel relocated to 777 Heavenly Lane. His purpose had been fulfilled, and he now returned home to his Creator. At his new home, he is no longer physically restricted, bound by surgeries, feeding tubes or braces, and he is now free to run on the streets of gold. 

Nathaniel taught us that, to each life, there is value and purpose. What may appear to be imperfect in the eyes of humans really is perfect in the sight of God. He taught us about the meaning of “unconditional love” and perseverance, and he was a great showcase of God’s faithfulness. His captivating smile and the simple joy he brought to all who entered his world were God’s special gift, and that is greatly missed. 

His memory will always be cherished and his little handprints and lessons he taught us will be imprinted on our hearts forever. We miss “little man’s” smile and his presence in our home, but the memory of his life propels us to fulfill God’s purposes after his death.

Through his death, we hope to bring encouragement and life to others.

Marie and Tim Kuck, Nathaniel’s mom and dad

Buddy Break

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