Through my internship serving the homeless community, I'm making an impact on the lost and hurting world through the power of the Gospel.
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About Nick Elias

The eagle has landed. I repeat, the eagle has landed.

(9/19/17) So there I was, stepping into the oh-so-familiar establishment known as Kroger. I’d been to this chain of grocery store many a time, but this visit was different. Suddenly I found myself examining price tags closer, saying “no” to name brand foods, and throwing food back onto the shelves as I repeatedly went over budget.

I've made it to Shelby Park in Louisville, and these past two weeks have felt like two months (like the long months, not February). I started working with the homeless at the Louisville Rescue Mission (LRM) last Tuesday, and after a week of being there I’m both thrilled and emotionally preparing myself for the rest of the year. I’ve been working at the emergency day shelter, supervising men in the Life Change recovery program, and delivering the occasional cup of coffee as most interns do.

This internship involves so much more than working at LRM, as I'm trying to become a functioning part of the Sojourn Church family, Shelby Park community, and my apartment of four guys (Andrew, Hong, Taylor, and myself) that I think might be big enough to regularly fit one person and a pet fish. To keep this update short, I'll include one story and two prayer requests.

Story (any names besides other interns' are made up to protect privacy)

Every Saturday gives us time to do chores, shop for groceries, and get to know the neighborhood. The last part is what intimidated me the most, as meeting your neighbors sadly has passed on as a social norm in today's context. As my roommate Andrew and I headed towards the park to hopefully make friends of strangers, I undertook the goal of trying to meet someone who plays music because...well...I like music a lot. Literally AS SOON as we stepped foot in the park we spotted two guys setting up a sound-system for a picnic. After talking with them, we found out that both of them play music on the reg and that they were having a birthday party for the older one, Fred, who turned 65 that day. I talked with his son Bill for a while and eventually joined the party. Their whole family came and served a neighborhood-wide potluck for anyone, which was super foreign to me. They also played live music and I had the chance to jump on the cajón (box drum) for a few songs!

Ok God, I see You. Doing Your thing as usual.

Prayer Requests

1. Pray for one of the guys at the Rescue Mission who I witnessed get thrown out of the program, unsure of where exactly he could stay that night. Call him "Jack". God knows his real name.

2. Pray for us 12 interns as we navigate through this new adventure, that we can build healthy roommate relationships and friendships with each other that will withstand the inevitable conflicts that happen when people live together.

THANK YOU FOR READING THIS AND CARING ABOUT MY LIFE. Don't hesitate to connect with me, I want to hear about your lives and how I can pray and help y'all as well.

Peace and blessings,


Check back in a month for more shenanigans!

Paducah roots, recent UK grad, bound for a new adventure!

(8/22/17) Two weeks from today I'll be moving in to my new home in the Shelby Park neighborhood of Louisville, KY!  For the next 11 months I will be working as an intern at the Louisville Rescue Mission while bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the area through loving the city and the awesome people in it. 

Love Thy Neighborhood is an urban missions agency that combines social justice internships with a focus on Christian community for young adults aged 18-30. Through LTN I'll be ministering to those experiencing homelessness and poverty while living with a small group of other interns around my age who have similar passions as well as being involved in a local church.

I've known about this program for a few years, but it wasn't until mid-February of 2017 when God made it obvious that LTN is the next step of obedience for me. He led me to volunteer at the Lexington Rescue Mission through a Spanish class assignment (lol) and I fell in love with homeless ministry through that. Talking to men and women on the streets while living in downtown Lex furthered my calling. Involvement at the UK Baptist Campus Ministry and Immanuel Baptist Church showed me the innate desire for friendships and community that God made me with. Then, when two guys from the program showed up and spoke at the UK BCM in February, I knew that I was supposed to assault them with questions and make sure that I joined LTN.

So here I am! In two weeks my new adventure starts, and I want to invite you to partner with me in bringing the good news of Jesus to inner-city Louisville, KY, whether you're a family member, long-time friend, short-time friend, or complete stranger!

As a Love Thy Neighborhood Team Member, my goal is to raise $9,900 for the year ($900/month) to cover the cost of living, eating, transportation, training, newsletter supplies, etc. Anything you can commit will bring me closer to that goal and make my mission possible. If you can help financially above your regular church tithes feel free to donate on the right hand side of the page. If you'd like to know more about Love Thy Neighborhood, you can message me and ask or check out their website at

Please pray for me throughout the year and let me know how I can be praying for you as well. If you'd like to probe my brain and receive physical newsletters let me know that as well. Thank you for the part you have played in my life up to this point!

Much love and in Christ,


28 "And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31 ESV, emphasis added (see what I did there?)

Check back in two weeks for the next installment of my journey!