WHO ARE NATHAN & LACEY STEEL?

You know those negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, or feelings that will not go away? Or, how about those destructive habits and behaviors that seem impossible to overcome? Or, what about those circumstances and relationships that leave you feeling trapped, powerless, or out of control.

For me, this was a deep-rooted bitterness toward my dad, an inability to share my feelings, and a 20-year addiction to pornography. My wife, Lacey, struggled with a fear that fed her explosive anger producing a need to control people and circumstances.

If our heart and mind are poisoned with feelings of being unloved or unsafe, we hurt.

As Christians, it is often difficult to see ourselves as completely set free from both the penalty and power of sin — especially amid uncomfortable or painful circumstances and relationships. This false or incomplete perception of our salvation hinders our ability to be life-giving toward others. And because of that, it leaves us unable to be the free, life-giving disciple-makers Jesus empowered us to be.
OUR PURPOSE

We serve local churches by strategically equipping and encouraging Christians to be free, life-giving disciple-makers of Jesus.
  1. We equip Christians to live free of negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.
  2. Out of this freedom, Cultivate encourages Christians to develop life-giving habits and behaviors.

It’s from this place of freedom and these life-giving habits and behaviors, that these mature Christians will be able to make free, life-giving disciples of Jesus.
OUR DISCIPLESHIP DISTINCTIVE

The word ‘disciple’ can be unfamiliar — especially outside the Christian community. Often, it is insufficiently defined as simply an apprentice or student. However, a disciple of Jesus is so much more. Being a disciple of Jesus transforms our heart, mind, and life.
We will provide a platform where each believer will have the confidence to move forward in encouraging and resourcing others in discipleship.
We believe that true discipleship happens out of the outflow of one’s identity. We are all created in the image and likeness of God. This identity is intrinsic.
Our Perception Unfortunately, our perception of our identity has been distorted and devalued. Because of this false perception, our heart and mind have been poisoned with negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.
Our Reaction This poison affects our view of God and others. As a result, we cope by fighting or guarding against being hurt. However, these behaviors become habits that poison others while perpetuating our own pain.
Our Redemption Only Jesus can redeem our deep-rooted negative perception of our identity. Acknowledging and receiving the Father’s love through Jesus and trusting the Holy Spirit frees us from the painful poison in our hearts and minds.
Our Response This freedom empowers us with attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that encourage life-giving behaviors. From these new, Spirit-led habits we are able to equip others to be free, life-giving disciple-makers of Jesus.

Lacey was born and raised near Grand Rapids, Michigan. After high school, she traded her desire for politics for a passion to serve Jesus full-time and attended the Rockford, Illinois Masters Commission. In 2002, Lacey moved to Homer, Alaska, where she attended Alaska Bible Institute (ABI) — and met me (Nathan). While there, she worked with a ministry called The Verge, which endeavored to restore the relationships between parents and their children.

Nathan was born in Homer, Alaska with a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This led his family to move to California then on to Wisconsin where he spent most of his formative years being seen at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis for his CF. After high school and shifting his focus from an internship with Industrial Lights & Magic to full-time ministry, he also attended ABI. We were married in 2004. Nathan graduated from ABI’s Christian Ministry Program two years later.

After our time at ABI — and discovering all the baggage we had from our childhood, we moved to Church on the Rock (COTR) in Wasilla, Alaska for counseling. While there, we were introduced to a ministry called, FreshStart. This ministry focuses on forgiving past wounds, hurts, and losses. After several years of counseling and seeing incredible freedom through FreshStart, we became staff members at the church. In 2011, after adopting our two girls — Lydia and Arianna, the church sent us to Ireland for six months to help establish FreshStart at Amazing Grace Fellowship Church located in Westport.

After nearly eight years with COTR we felt God moving us into full-time missions. Based in Homer, Alaska we’ve developed the Christian Living curriculum for Alaska Bible Institute. Also, we work with the FreshStart ministry both in Homer and in Westport, Ireland.

Our desire is to see people receive the same healing and wholeness that we’ve had the grace to experience.


WATCH LACEY’S STORY // 41:00


WATCH NATHAN’S STORY // 33:42

WHAT IS CYSTIC FIBROSIS?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) have CF.

In people with CF, a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

• Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections.

• Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Since then, tremendous progress in understanding and treating CF has led to dramatic improvements in the length and quality of life for those with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

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+ What are the symptoms of CF?

+ How do people get CF?

+ Who gets CF?

+ How is CF diagnosed?

+ How is CF treated?

+ What is the life expectancy for people with CF?

+ Is there a cure for CF?

+ How does CF affect the lungs?

+ Does lung transplant cure CF?

+ Can CF be treated with gene therapy?


WATCH NATHAN’S CF STORY // 43:38

WHY DO WE LOVE ADOPTION?

The Gospel is all about adoption. God has adopted us into His family, Joseph adopted Jesus into his family, and now we continue the story of adoption, redemption, and love in our own family. As a result of Nathan’s disease, we are unable to have our own children. Through the means of adoption, God has been able to bring two beautiful gifts to our home.

In the fall of 2010 we adopted our first daughter, Lydia, from the Alaskan foster system. She is an absolutely gorgeous and “cheeky” Tlingit and Iñupiat Alaskan. Her passive-intellectual humor and her determined personality always keeps us on our toes.

In early 2011 we also finalized the adoption of our second daughter, Arianna, through a private agency. She is a beautiful, feisty bundle of energy with a personality to match.

Both girls are absolute miracles and nothing less than gifts from our Heavenly Father. We are blessed to have them in our lives.

 
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