Nathan Hardeman was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where his parents were Southern Baptist Missionaries. He spent his entire life there until moving to Athens, GA to earn a degree in International Business from the University of Georgia. Nathan returned home to Guatemala after a period of civil war, when throngs of refugees had poured into Guatemala City from the war-torn countryside. As a witness to this tragedy, he felt a strong call to work with victimized children in the ever-expanding urban slums. He began in 1996 (the official end of the civil war) by partnering with a local church to build a medical clinic and school for children from low-income homes, each of which still serves hundreds of Guatemalans every day. Previously, Nathan and his wife Claudia also organized a successful home-building program and a sports outreach ministry.