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A Tale Of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
Xcel is a 501c3 nonprofit designed to “Fuel Young People With Purpose”. We mentor young people ages 15-25 in a variety of ways to help them achieve goals. Xcel partners with everyone in the community to build a network around the young people we mentor. These partnerships are with schools, the court system, businesses, churches and other nonprofits.
Xcel mentors using a curriculum based on developing life skills (Goal Setting, Time Management, Financial Stewardship, Health & Fitness, Valuing Family, Friends & Females, and Relational Intelligence). We also mentor in basic trade skills with our Mobile Training Units (MTU’s). We try to help young people develop life skills and job skills in order to give them good paying employment opportunities with our community partners.
I made a decision to follow Jesus after I graduated high school and knew I would eventually be a pastor or in ministry most of my life. After I graduated college and married Laurie, I worked with youth in inner city Cincinnati, the majority who were African American. Over the next few years I worked as the Family Pastor in our predominately upper middle class white church. I started to see God’s heart for people differently after taking a mission trip to Haiti and combining my job and church experience. We had the ability to do more, to use our voice, influence and family for those who didn’t have it.
Coming to Savannah and working at the Downtown Campus provided more opportunity to minister to diverse people. I have been to Rwanda 6 times and learned a tremendous amount for the need for racial reconciliation. Then once we began fostering we saw how everything we have been through was part of God’s plan for us to take a step of faith and become missionaries in our own community.
My wife, Laurie, and I moved to Savannah in 2013 with our 2 sons to be the Family Pastor at latechurch, which is now Compassion Christian Church Downtown. We had 2 more sons and then made the transition in 2018 to raise our own financial support and work for Xcel. Our family loves soccer, the beach/swimming and making time to hang out with people.
Our ministry focus as a family involves being advocates and an open home for foster kids, being involved in racial reconciliation, serving with our Latino and African American community, partnering with Agape Church in Rwanda and BVSA in Honduras, and sharing people’s stories through a podcast we started called “The Neglected Podcast”.
Prayer Points for Nick Schultz
- Personal: God would continue to us our family to reach and have influence with people in the community that our church has a hard time reaching.
- Ministry: God would continue to bring our church (especially men) and people in our community around the young people we serve (many who would be considered at risk).
- Community: God would continue to open doors and partnerships within all areas of our community, especially in ways that show compassion to the orphan, widow, at risk and marginalized.