Saturday, August 6, 2022

               Nelson newsletter

August 2022

“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 5:29-32

Dear Saints,

We all want to hear the Lord Jesus tell us, “Well done good and faithful servant,” when we see Him. I turn 70 next month, causing me to reflect on finishing the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus. I want to be like the apostle Paul and finish well. Danelle and I are still passionately committed to testifying of the gospel of the grace of God. Here is someone who finished well…


Herschel’s Legacy “Our good friend and mentor, Herschel Martindale, went home to be with the Lord Jesus last month. Herschel lived a life totally committed to the Lord and the great commission- to make disciples of all the nations. We met Herschel during an outreach at Clemson in August of 1973. He and his wife, Mardean (both on the right in the photo) invited us to live with them in Houston, Texas during the summer of 1974 for training and evangelism. They inspired us to start a church in Clemson, from which other churches were birthed in the Carolinas, Georgia, and throughout Ukraine. God used Herschel to impact the world, including Danelle and me! I’m in the dark blue shirt! 😊



Herschel was a great friend who believed in us from the day we met on the campus, even though we were young and immature. He even drove all the way from Houston to marry Danelle and I on May 10th, 1975. These verses describe his life, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “We love you Herschel! Your example inspires us every day!”

Michelle’s Story, I met Michelle when she came to buy my bees for part of her Lyme’s disease recovery program with Emory University. She uses the bees for “bee sting therapy” and she told me it is working. Last week I was able to share the gospel with her. She said, “I have never heard that before.” Please ask God to heal her physically and spiritually through Christ as her Savior.


Family Vacation It is a challenge to get 36 Nelson’s to gather for vacation. It made me wonder how did Moses lead 2-3 million Jews in the desert. God gave our entire family, including all 21 grands, a rich time together! We swam, went for boat rides, hiked, went for runs, played games,

 

Jasper being baptized by Julie



Briscoe with his parents and grandparents

had a night of worship, and enjoyed delicious meals and sweet fellowship together. One of the highlights was when Jasper  and Briscoe were baptized by their parents.

The verse printed on the back of our shirts says it all, "I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. But watch out! The Nelsons like to run!" ” 3 John 1:4

 Prayer Requests

1.      Pray for Michelle and all our grandchildren to choose Jesus and then grow as His disciples.

2.      Pray for Danelle’s total knee replacement surgery, August 18th, and for a quick recovery.

3.      Pray for Ukraine to defeat the Russians so the war can end. Pray for revival in both nations.

 

Your prayers and financial support are essential in our ministry. Thank you for being our partners!

Steve & Danelle                          

                                      


                                                                                                                                                        

 

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Nelson newsletter

June 2022

“For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have appointed You as a light to the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.’” When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed.” Acts 5:29-32

 

Dear fellow ambassadors,

God had mercy on us and saved us by His grace so that we could be a light to others in darkness and bring them His salvation. Danelle and I are committed to this mission – loving unbelievers and bringing them the good news of life in Christ. Here are some of our recent opportunities:



Wedding in Pittsburgh There were numerous opportunities to serve and share Christ at our niece’s wedding earlier this month. Emilee and John had a beautiful and fun outdoor wedding at a local park. We are grateful we could help with setting up for the 250 guests and cleaning afterwards. It also made is thankful for our good health to be able to work hard. 😊 God opened doors for many heart-to-heart conversations during our visit. Thank you for praying!

 


Wedding in Wilmington My nephew, Steve Nelson, invited me to perform his wedding to Kelly Daniels on this scenic beach in North Carolina. The gospel was shared, God’s word was preached, and Christ was exalted during the service! It was exciting for me to hear from their friends and family what God has done to bring them together as husband and wife. God still works miracles among us! I have noticed that many miracles occur over long periods of time, as they did with Steve and Kelly. God used their Christian community to help them mature and be ready for this next step of faith - marriage! God has been faithful, kind, and He answered our prayers! His work is people is Beautiful!

 


War In Ukraine While the attention to the war may have faded from the news, fighting continues all over Ukraine. Even in Kiev this week, rockets hit the capital city bringing destruction and death. Putin also targeted civilians in a mall this week in Kremenchuk killing 18 and wounding dozens of others. We hear reports that, even while this is happening, many are coming to saving faith in Christ. Praise God!!

 

Prayer Requests

1.      Emilee & John Pray for this young couple to embrace Christ and His plan for their lives together. Pray too for the many other family members who still need a spiritual birth through Jesus Christ!

2.      Steve & Kelly Pray that their relationship with Jesus would be the foundation for a godly marriage that fulfills His purpose and is marked by love for believers and unbelievers alike.

3.      Ukraine Please don’t forget these freedom-loving people. Ask God to help them persevere and win. Pray for those risking their lives to bring food and medicine, as well as rescuing endangered people.  Pray for Russia to stop the killing. Ask God to bring many on both sides to Jesus Christ.

4.      Family Needs Please pray for our sister-in-law, Pat Nelson, who is at home recovering from head injuries sustained in a fall. After being in an induced coma for two weeks, Danelle’s brother Jack is now at home and in rehab for his head injury. Last of all, pray for my 90-year-old Uncle Dave who is now in a rehab facility. Pray that both Jack and Uncle Dave would both find Christ during these difficult times.

5.      Family Vacation All 36 members of our immediate family will gather at Lake Keowee, SC for a week-long vacation next month! Pray that our time would be tremendous – fun, edifying, safe, and honoring to God! We plan to have a night of worship as well as a baptism.                                       

 

Thank you very much for your prayers!

 

Yours in Christ’s unfailing love,

Steve & Danelle                                  

                                             

 


                                                                                                                                                    

 

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Nelson newsletter

May 2022

“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:29-32

Dear Friends,

Aren’t you glad that the Lord Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to forgive our sins? He still grants repentance freely to all (Jew and Gentile) who are willing to come. He wants us to seek Him and find Him. He promises, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 And, He is seeking us as well! Jesus said it this way, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 I shared this promise with Ken recently…

Atlanta Church Ken is a fellow beekeeper. He came over to our house to buy a hive of bees, and I asked him about his spiritual interests. He said, “I was raised as Buddhist but did not find what I was looking for. My wife is a Christian, so I tried Christianity. But that didn’t work either. Now I am back to Buddhism, but I am still searching.” I said, “That’s great! God promises you will find him if you seek him with all your heart. The other cool thing is, He is searching for you as well! He wants you. He loves you and wants a relationship with you!” I will see Ken again when he returns some beekeeping equipment and I look forward to following up our conversation. He is one of the many people we are sharing the Good News with here in Atlanta.



War In Ukraine This war is personal for us. Bogdan is a friend of ours who is fighting the Russians on the Eastern front. For more than 20 years, he and his wife Anya, have run a ministry for teenagers who were in state orphanages. Orphans must leave the state-run orphanage at sixteen, and they often turn to prostitution, drugs, and alcohol because they can’t cope with life. Bogdan, and Anya invite some of them to live with them at Safe Haven where they help them transition and introduce them to Jesus Christ. Anya, their children, and most of the orphans, fled the country after the war began, while Bogdan had to stay and fight in the army. Last week, two friends in his group were killed. He went back to Kiev to bury his two friends. One of the teenage orphans, also in his group, was wounded. Bogdan took him the hospital where he is recovering. It is a real war with real casualties! Thank you for praying!!

Family Wedding This week Danelle and I are going to Pittsburgh to attend our niece’s wedding. It will be bittersweet, as her brother, Jack, fell and hit his head a few weeks ago. He was put into an induced coma for a few weeks. He is conscious now but still has several serious issues.

Prayer

1.      Ken Pray for his salvation, along with the others we share Christ with here in Atlanta.

2.      Ukraine For God to protect Bogdan, Genady, and others we know, who are defending their country. Pray for the families who are separated. Ask God to give Ukraine the victory soon.

3.      Family Needs For my Uncle Dave, Sister-in-law Pat, Brother-in-law Jack, who all have serious health issues and need our prayers. Pray for Danelle and me to be an encouragement to her family this week as well. Pray for our niece, Emilee, to have a great celebration and marriage too!

4.      The Gospel to spread in Ukraine, Russia, all of Europe, and the world because of the war.

5.      Ukraine Relief Fund If you still wish to help with the humanitarian needs, please give here: https://reliant.org/ukraine.relief.fund 100% of your gift goes directly to meet the needs of specific Ukrainian refugees we know and to those people who are still in Ukraine. We have heard numerous stories of gratitude from those who have been helped by your gifts! Thank you!

 

Yours in Christ’s unfailing love,

Steve & Danelle            

                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

NELSON NEWSLETTER - April 2022

 

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:4-6

Dear Ministry Partners,

I love these promises! We all need encouragement and perseverance, especially when the tough times drag on.

Ukraine The war in Ukraine drags on with the Russians pulling out of Kiev and northern Ukraine to concentrate on the south and east of Ukraine. A land bridge to Crimea would cripple the Ukrainian economy. The Ukrainians have lasted longer than anyone thought, except them! God is answering our prayers. Praise Him!! As the war continues we need to not give up, but persevere in prayer against the spiritual forces of darkness behind this atrocity.

Pastors & Wives Conference Danelle and I attended this annual conference early this month. The emphasis was on how to strengthen our marriages – how to improve our communication, respectfully express our hearts to each other, and to lay down our lives. It was a good time as always. The highlight was connecting with our friends.

Chicago Memorial Service Our good friend, Marilyn Brown, asked me to lead a memorial service for her late husband, Richard Brown, in Chicago where they were married. It was a small gathering of family and friends, but big on special memories and encouragement from the Scripture. It helped to bring closure for Marilyn and her family.

Florida State University We got home from Chicago and immediately took off to Tallahassee to work with college students. We spoke about Ukraine one evening, had personal time with some of the leaders, and spoke about the value of work at their Sunday morning meeting. I was encouraged by their hearts to learn revealed by their questions and interactions. Praise God!!

                                                    (Photo of Danelle & I with Lee & Hannalee Gordon's family)

                                                                                                 

A few more verses about endurance to help you persevere in prayer:

“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:36

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1

“…knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” James 1:3

“We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.” James 5:11

Please Pray For:

1.      Ukraine to endure and win the war. To retake all their sovereign lands. God to end this soon.

2.      The Russian Army to be convicted of their evil acts, listen to their conscience (the Holy Spirit), and turn to Christ for forgiveness and eternal life.  

3.      Putin Pray for him to be removed from office. He is the main cause of this ongoing tragedy.

4.      The Gospel to spread in Ukraine, Russia, all of Europe, and the world as a result! John 3:16

5.      The Refugee’s their continuing need for housing, food, clothing, and most of all, for healing that comes from their relationship with Christ. If they don’t know Him yet, that they would soon.

6.      Refugee Support Pray for those in America and Europe who provide housing, transportation, food, clothing, and medicine, to the refugees & those still in Ukraine. They need endurance.

7.      Give If you wish to help with the continuing needs mentioned above, please give to the Ukraine Relief Fund that Reliant set up. These funds help meet the needs of the 2,000+ Christians in our network. You can give here: https://reliant.org/ukraine.relief.fund You can also mail your gift to Reliant at the address below. God bless you for making a difference in these precious lives!

8.      FSU Pray for the students to grow in Christ-likeness with love for each other & the lost. Pray for them to be motivated by God’s love to embrace God’s work ethic now as a witness for Christ.

 

Yours in Christ’s unfailing love,

Steve & Danelle                                                                                 




                                                                                                                                                         

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

                Nelson newsletter

March 2022

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9

Dear Praying Friends,

As the war in Ukraine continues, we are amazed and thankful that the Russian army has not defeated the much smaller and less sophisticated Ukrainian army. David is holding his own against Goliath! It is far from over. We don’t know where it will end. The devastation and loss of life is a nightmare. Like many of you, we never expected war to return to Europe in our generation after the two horrific World Wars that began there. But the nightmare is a reality for the millions of refugees fleeing for their lives to Poland, Moldova, Romania, and to many other countries. It is a reality for those who stayed to fight bravely in Chernigov, Kharkov, Mariupol, and Kiev, to mention just a few of the cities under siege. 


Danelle and I have been following closely the events, especially since we spent 6 years in Kiev, and took countless mission trips all over Ukraine. Our heart is there with our friends. Our hearts break every day. But we continue to ask God to intervene. As the verse above admonishes us, let us not lose heart in doing good. Don’t give up fighting on your knees dear brothers and sisters!

Sonich and Vera were trapped in their apartment near Kiev when we Skyped last week. They sat in the dark for fear of being a target for Russian bombing. It made the nightmare more real for us as we spoke and exchanged love and affection for one another. It was sobering. We all cried.


We met Sonich years ago when he drove Grace and Merry to Kiev International School. After a few years of hearing the gospel from our missionary friends, he came to faith in Christ. Later, his son, Sasha repented as well! Sonich had to have his foot amputated a few years ago because of his diabetes, making it difficult for him to travel. He and his wife live in Brovary. You may have seen photos of the tank battles near their home. Good news!! This week they were moved to safety (for the moment) in Kiev.

Another friend recently wrote, “Steve, thank you so much for your prayers for remembering us. My family is now safe in Poland. We help here with refugees; we also fight Russian propaganda with our professional methods.” Most families are separated because the men are fighting while their families fled. Most of these men have no military training, but they are committed and courageous. Genady in Odessa and Sasha and Dima in Kiev are a few friends to pray for.

Please pray for:

1. Ukraine to win the war, no more civilian deaths. and for it to end soon.

2. Putin to be removed from office.

3. The Gospel to spread in Ukraine, Russia, all of Europe, and the world! John 3:16

4. The Refugee’s needs - housing, food, clothing, and most of all, for healing that comes from their relationship with Christ. If they don’t know Him yet, that they would soon.

5. For all those assisting with the refugee crisis here in America and in Europe to have wisdom, strength, and compassion. We anticipate short-term teams going to serve.

      6. Giving. If you wish to help with the overwhelming needs, you can give to the Ukraine Relief Fund that Reliant set up for this purpose. 100% of these funds will be used for relief. The money goes to meet the needs of the Christians we know and worked with in the gospel. You can give here: https://reliant.org/ukraine.relief.fund You can also mail your gift to Reliant at the address below. Thank you so much! We hear daily reports about how your gifts are making  a difference for refugees and those who are still in Ukraine.


 Yours in Christ’s unfailing love,

         Steve & Danelle   

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Monday, February 28, 2022

 

Nelson newsletter

February 2021

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

 

Dear Praying Friends,

Like many of you, we have been watching the horrifying news coming out of Ukraine and praying for God to intervene. Our hearts are broken as many of our dear Ukrainian friends suffer. The invasion of this sovereign nation by Russia is not only a breach of international law but has brought about the death of many innocent lives and the destruction of their economy. The goal of the Russian president is to bring Ukraine, kicking and screaming, back into the Russian fold – under his maniacal control. His actions remind me of the verse above where Jesus spoke about Satan as the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Make no mistake, that is exactly what is going on to the Ukrainian people! Satan is at work.


There are moments where we may feel powerless to do anything to help this desperate situation. Don’t! You and I have the Almighty God living in us, listening to our cries, and acting on behalf of His people everywhere! Please intercede for Ukraine and Russia - for repentance, peace, and revival. There is a desperate need for Jesus Christ, but this war instigated by the narcissist Russian leader, seems to make the spiritual battle more real. God is on His throne! “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

 Virginia House Church – Danelle and I recently visited the church David and Stephanie lead in Portsmouth, Virginia. It was refreshing to our faith to see their faith in God making a difference in their families and giving them a heart for the lost. They have seen people saved and baptized! “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47 Ask God to continue to use them to bring others to Christ and grow in their relationship with Him and love for one another.





House Church Conference Danelle and I visited Victory Mountain Camp in North Carolina where we plan to have our fall retreat, October 14-16. It was a beautiful camp located in the Piedmont with a lake and fine facilities. We expect people from several churches to attend.  Please pray for God to lead this time, to unite our hearts to follow Christ, and to transform lives.

 

Yours, Secure In Christ,

Steve & Danelle                       

  

                                                                         


                                                                                                                                                         

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