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2013 ANNUAL REPORT
Project Intercept - Community Outreach - Street Ministry
Connect. Equip. Transform.
Mission: Possible! Austin exists to connect the Body
of Christ across the greater Austin area with
individuals in under-resourced areas for personal
transformation through life-on-life relationships.
Mission: Possible! Austin’s vision is to see
generational transformation in under-resourced areas
through Christ-centered community development.
Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with God and man.
Inspired by successful inner-city programs in another
town, and believing that something similar could happen
in Austin, Tim Pinson Sr. started Mission: Possible! Austin
in 1992. Modeled after Backyard Bible Clubs grown out
of government housing complexes, Project Intercept
was born to connect with children in East Austin. Then,
in 1993, Church Under the Bridge began to meet once
a month to reach Austin’s homeless population. At the
same time, Camp Nikos, an idyllic outdoor summer camp began for at-risk children. In 1996, Mission: Possible!
Austin became a 501c3 and the following year officially moved to its Eastside office once known as “Owen’s
Garage.” In 2003, Mission: Possible! Austin purchased what is now the Mission: Possible! Community Center, and
in 2007, we acquired two additional properties at East 12th and Chicon Street. This allowed us to stake a claim for
profound good in the heart of East Austin. Now, over 20 years later, Mission: Possible! Austin has proven that if we
can influence the WHOLE person—spiritually, emotionally, relationally, physically, and mentally—we can help affect
lasting, real change to WHOLE communities, across WHOLE generations!
Everything we do at Mission: Possible! Austin is geared toward building and nurturing life-on-life relationships. Our
numerous programs center around these three categories:
Project Intercept- Designed primarily for children and youth, Project Intercept meets weekly as well as having six
camps a year, where volunteers connect with at-risk children and youth as positive and caring role models.
Community Outreach- Focused on individuals and families in East Austin, Community Outreach includes everything
from providing groceries for the homebound (B.A.G.S.), community home repairs (C.P.A.), and a Community Center
that partners with many other Austin nonprofits.
Street Ministry- Geared toward helping care for Austin’s homeless population, the Street Ministry’s primary venue has
been Church Under the Bridge since 1993. In addition, we have “Beyond the Bridge” programs that include a weekly
community Bible Study and dinner at the Mission: Possible! Community Center.
A Letter From Our
I want to personally thank you for your faithful support of our
ministry to the East Austin community. Donors and volunteers,
as well as the people they reach, become the recipients of the
transformation that God allows to happen - what we call the gift of
reconciliation. With our ongoing children’s programs, presence in
the community and ministry to the individuals living on the streets,
there are many opportunities for the Body of Christ in Austin to
connect and be involved in someone’s life; someone may even
be looking for a friend like you. Success in the Kingdom does not
always mean changing where or how people live. Instead, it is
focused on helping people develop Godly character and trusting
Him to change external circumstances as He deems necessary.
Over the last two years we have seen significant external changes
in the central East Austin community. The 50-year-old “open air drug market” is no longer thriving. Community
organizations are partnering with law enforcement to allow this transition to have a positive impact on the lives of those
once lost in hopeless strongholds. Our Big Fish Clubs are pursuing new opportunities in community housing
developments and schools by modeling effective ways to care for children that will leave a long term impact.
Our long awaited dream to bring economic development to this once thriving community is quickly becoming a reality.
What was once a tavern and brothel will now serve as a coffee shop, bakery and food trailer court that will bring
needed services to this growing community. In addition, it will create about twenty-five jobs, giving individuals from all
walks of life an opportunity to earn an honest wage.
God has called us to this region of Austin (78702), placed us strategically on this street corner (12th & Chicon), and
asked us to reach this community. Thanks again for your faithful prayers and contributions to this vital ministry.
Tim Pinson Sr.
Mission: Possible! Austin Executive Director
It was lights out on the last night of Camp Nikos, but my Camp Buddy Ben and his friend Kevon were still talking to
each other in a whisper. I decided to join them. Casual conversation quickly turned into 100 questions. They asked if
I had ever drank alcohol or did drugs, and wanted to know where I came from. It quickly became an opportunity to
share my testimony with these boys who had already faced some difficult challenges in their lives. I shared about my
mistakes and several of my friends who are in gangs or in prison because of their choices, which led me to discuss
the way God saved me and transformed my life. Without missing a beat, Kevon started sharing about his life.
In a wonderfully surprising moment, Kevon asked if he could pray for me. I joyfully responded yes, and we bowed our
heads and closed our eyes. Ben reached across to hug me as Kevon took off his hat and placed his hand on my head.
It was a genuinely sweet moment. He immediately began to thank God for me and for saving me from my past. He
prayed that my friends would know God, and continued to pray the Gospel into my life.
That night was proof of the Holy Spirit transforming these kids before my eyes. God is working in the lives of these
kids, and I’m so thankful that he’s using me to help.
Jon Rector, Nikos Counselor
Faith Like a Child
Familes Participating in Programs.................114
Camps Held Annually.......................................6
Restoration Art Center Weekly Volunteers.....10
Restoration Art Center Participants...............45
2013 Project Intercept Expenses........$228,207
Designed primarily for children and youth, Project
Intercept meets weekly as well as having six camps a
year, where volunteers connect with at-risk children
and youth as positive and caring role models.
2013 Project Intercept Statistics
Letter From a Nikos Counselor
Project Intercept Programs Include: Fuze, Big Fish Club,
Big Fish Art Day, Nikos Camping, The Restoration Art
Center, Little Fish Club and Big Fish Gardening
Sam Cole found Mission: Possible! Austin after hearing Pastor Duane Severance preach on the corner of 6th and Congress
in 2003. Ever since, he’s been a fighting force for the Kingdom and an absolute blessing to Mission: Possible! Austin.
After walking away from what Sam calls a “hard lifestyle,” and into the Mission: Possible! Austin family, Sam took over the
upkeep of the gardens behind the Mission: Possible! Community Center at 12th and Chicon. He’ll tell you that he grows
veggies, eats a few, and waters and breeds plants, but Sam does so much more than just take care of a garden. He shares
the passionate joy of Jesus with each person who visits, and won’t let anyone walk away from a conversation without mak-
ing sure they know about the salvation God offers them.
Where Sam really shines, though, is in his photography. He takes brilliant pictures of the beauty God has created for us to
enjoy. He’ll tell you that he takes pictures with Romans 1:20 in mind, quoting “For since the creation of the world God’s
invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been
made, so that people are without excuse.” Sam works in a great many ways for the good of the Kingdom. He is a shining
example of what Street Ministry should look like: people so impacted by the Gospel, that they might turn and impact
2013 Street Ministry Statistics
Weekly Church Under the Bridge Attendees.........250
Monthly Host Churches..............................................7
Weekly Church Under the Bridge Volunteers...........40
Meals Served Annually........................................7200
Sleeping Bags Passed Out....................................300
Great Thanksgiving Banquet Meals Served........600
Annual Outreach at 12 & Chicon Volunteers.........300+
People Reached at Community Center Daily.........40+
2013 Street Ministry Expenses......................$122,398
Geared toward helping care for Austin’s homeless population, the
Street Ministry’s primary venue has been Church Under the Bridge
since 1993. In addition, we also have “Beyond the Bridge” programs
that include a weekly community Bible Study and dinner at the
Mission: Possible! Community Center.
Street Ministry Participant
Street Ministry Programs Include: Church Under the Bridge,
Beyond the Bridge and Outreach at 12th & Chicon
Doris Roland might be the sweetest lady you’ll ever meet. She’s lived in East Austin for years, just a short distance
from Mission: Possible! Austin’s front door. Doris has spent the last eight and a half years serving with Mission: Possi-
ble! Austin’s B.A.G.S. program, which delivers boxes of food to those who need it most in the East Austin community.
The B.A.G.S. program is an excellent way to support people in need, but Doris has gone a step further,
developing incredible relationships with the people she serves. Several of her clients even have a chair in their living
room reserved just for Doris - excellent opportunities for talking, serving and showing Christ’s love.
On top of Doris’ loving attitude, she often goes out of her way to serve her clients. She’ll personally deliver hot meals
on Thanksgiving, and even gives her own items when the need arises. Doris loves the people where she lives, and is
deeply appreciated by them all.
Food Deliveries each Month........................................45
Weekly B.A.G.S. Volunteers.........................................12
Annual Service Projects at Community Center.............11
People Reached Through Strategic Partners..........1,175
2013 Community Outreach Expenses.................$65,871
Focused on individuals and families in East Austin,
Community Outreach includes everything from providing
groceries for the homebound (B.A.G.S.), community home re-
pairs (C.P.A.), and a Community Center that partners with many
other Austin nonprofits.
2013 Community Outreach Statistics
A Chair for Doris
Hope Medical Clinic
People Reached: 590
Anger Management &
Weekly Meetings: 3
People Reached: 485
Community Outreach Programs Include: B.A.G.S. (Food Delivery),
C.P.A. (Home Repair), His-Story (Live Nativity), Strategic Partners
(Hope Medical Clinic, Life Anew and Chicon Pregnancy Resource
*Dental Facilities ready to open, contigent upon Dental Strategic Partnership
Project Intercept Volunteer Hours 32,611
Street Ministry Volunteer Hours 11,560
Community Outreach Volunteer Hours 4,552
Total Volunteer Hours..............48,723
Volunteer Value Added....$1,140,118
The numbers above are based upon the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Texas Standard for value
per volunteer hour. Your continued donations are being used effectively to further the Kingdom, and to help ensure the
success of the East Austin Community.
$1 donation equals $2.37 in value added
to Mission: Possible! Austin Ministries
In step with our mission to equip individuals towards God’s
calling on their life, Mission: Possible! Austin has many internship
positions available. Internships are offered in Communications,
Storytelling, Development, and in each pillar of Mission: Possible!
Austin’s ministry. As an organization we partner with other area
nonprofits, churches, and universities to provide these
opportunities. These organizations include Austin Community
College and Hill Country Bible Church. We also hope to offer
year-round residencies in the near future.
Our interns garner support, plan and lead various Project
Intercept programs, help reach the homeless community, and aid in putting together marketing and
communication materials! It is clear that God is using the next generation of students to serve the city of
Austin. The Mission: Possible! Austin staff and interns alike are excited to be part of the transformation taking
place in the under-resourced areas of Austin.
In addition to partnering with local nonprofits and churches to find new interns, Mission: Possible! Austin is
beginning to equip members of the East Austin community to serve as interns themselves. There are few
things more beautiful than seeing a high-school or college student whose future once looked bleak begin to
serve their community in a consistent and fruitful manner.
We are incredibly proud of our interns and the work they are doing, and cannot wait to see how God uses
them in the future!
2013 Internship Statistics
Value Added to Mission: Possible! Austin.............$59,904
Mission: Possible! Austin
Economic Development Plan
Community Center Purchased
Operation with Partners Begins
1816 & 1818 12th Street Property Purchased
Gandalf’s Prayer Cafe, Offices
& Potter’s Hand Open
1206 & 1208 Chicon Street Property Purchased
Build Haddie’s Food Trailer Court
1816 & 1818 12th Street Renovation
Partner with Local Coffee Shop
Open 12th Street Bakery
Cost to Complete
Total Funding to Date
Haddie’s Food Trailer Court
Coffee Shop / January 2015
12th Street Bakery / Spring 2015
The 12th Street Development project has not gone without challenges. We are currently working to align our development
of 1816 & 1818 12th Street with the regulations of the City of Austin, an often frustrating task. However, we are constantly
reminded of the good this development will bring, and how signifcant the task is. The amount of resources and man-power
required to accomplish Phases 3 & 4 is great, but with God all things are Possible!
Mission: Possible! Austin
“Now God who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will
cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow. You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every
occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, because the service of this ministry is not only providing
for the needs of the saints but is also overflowing with many thanks to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:10-12
Actual Income $470,801
Debt Free Assets Including Building & Land.........$1,052,883
Faith Budget Operation
Mission: Possible! Austin operates on a faith budget. We have no guarantees for future funding. Our
projected budget is based solely on history. The income stream is strictly a forecast of what we are asking the
Lord to supply. Over the years, the Board of Directors has managed a cash reserve in order to maintain the
fiduciary needs of the ministry. By faith, we have set our spending limit at approximately $43,000 per month.
Each month demands prayer and prudence on the behalf of the Mission: Possible! Austin Staff and Board of
Directors. This ministry is sustained by God leading His people to give to this vital ministry.
This year, we operated on an Actual Income nearly $50,000 less than budgeted. When our funding equals our
budget, we will be able to more adequately address the transformation taking place in the East Austin
Community. Your donations are crucial to this ministry’s funding and future.
Fundraising & Administration $63,407
Distribution of Actual Expenses
Project Intercept $228,207
Includes 50% of General Ministry Budget
Includes 30% of General Ministry Budget
Includes 20% of General Ministry Budget
Sources of Income
*taken from residual funds
Business & Church Sponsors
Your Cause, LLC
Austin Fuel Injection
Calverley Family Living Trust
Denver Mattress, LLC
Emeth Enterprises, Inc.
Leonard Family Corporation
Network For Good
Printer Connection, Inc.
Sigma Phi Lambda
Asian American Campus
Compass Christian Church
Hope in the City
Hyde Park Baptist Church
Rolling Hills Community
St. Phillip’s United Methodist
University Lutheran Church
Tim Pinson Sr.
Executive Director & Founder
Current Board of
Directors & Staff
Chairman of the Board
Organization & Development Coordinator
Project Intercept & Family Outreach Director
Restoration Art Center Director
Facilities & Maintenance
Street Ministry Director
Street Ministry Liason
Community Outreach & Operations Director
Facilities & Maintenance
Mission: Possible! Austin
P.O. Box 142076
Austin, TX 78714
Mission: Possible! Austin
Austin, TX 78702
2013 Annual Report