“God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.” Eph. 1:5 NLT
To God’s Adopted Children,
Here is a beautiful truth - You were adopted into God’s family! Three of our grandchildren were adopted. It is a special way of saying, “We chose you to be in our family. We wanted you to be our child and you will always be a member of our family!”
That is what God did with us. He chose us before the foundation of the world. If you are His child, it is because He wanted you! There are many others out there waiting to be adopted, but they do not know about God’s offer or how to respond to His love. That is where you and I come in. We are taking this Good News to those in darkness who are lost, broken, and unloved.
Nelson Thanksgiving Almost all our family was able to come for Thanksgiving. We had 35 in all! The day was filled with feasting, fellowship, playing wiffle ball, ultimate Frisbee, watching football, and going on walks. I was encouraged by the love I saw among our family. Danelle and I give God all the credit! Before the evening meal, I asked, “Who would like to thank the Lord for us?” Immediately our 10-year-old granddaughter, Corabelle, responded, “I would!” She prayed a heartfelt prayer that touched all our hearts. That was indicative of our day. God is good!
Christmas 2023 It has been God’s plan from eternity past that we would be adopted into His family through His Son, Jesus Christ. Joy to the world! What a wonderful season of the year Christmas is. We celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ! We are praying that during your Christmas season God would calm your heart and give you His peace so that you can hear His Spirit speak to your heart of His deep love for you!
Prayer & Praise
1. Nelson Family – Christ Followers Danelle and I praise God that He has adopted our children, their spouses, and most of our grandchildren into His family - the church of Jesus Christ! We continually pray for their parents to be filled with wisdom, love, patience, and the truth of God’s word so they can model Christ-centered lives and marriages before their kids. We ask God to adopt all our grandchildren into His family! After they have repented and trusted Christ, we help them grow as His disciples. All these parents and children need the grace of God. Would you please join us in praying for them? Thank you!
2. House Churches Please pray for the churches we serve in Atlanta, Illinois, Portsmouth, and our new friends in Richmond, to grow in their devotion to Christ, their love for each other, and their desire to see new people adopted into their spiritual families in 2024. Thank you!
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Working with you in God’s adoption service,
Steve & Danelle