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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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Nelson Newsletter - January 2022

 

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

 

Happy New Year Dear Friends!

A new year often brings reflection, evaluation, and resolutions. We may resolve to exercise more, improve our diet, and spend our money more wisely. We may especially want our relationships to be healthier and invest our time with a more eternal perspective. These are all good things. God encourages us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to, “examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” Every successful business, government, and organization periodically evaluates itself. Of course, following through to change is another thing altogether.

Change can be difficult. As Christians, we have a tremendous advantage! We have the Holy Spirit living in us to give us the motivation and power to change. “For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 1 Timothy 1:7 We also have the benefit of the church family for support and role models. “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Our plans must also be surrendered to the Lord and open to change. If He is truly our Lord, then we will entrust all that we are to Him and allow Him to intervene any time. I encourage you to give all your plans, possessions, relationships, and desires to Him daily. Surrender yourself fully to His loving care and leadership. “Into your hand I entrust my life; you will rescue me, O Lord, the faithful God.” Psalm 31:5

Here are some of our plans that came to fruition, others that changed, and how we are listening to Him and following His leading.

House Church – Learning Flexibility & Perseverance Covid-19 continues to make our church plans be flexible. We could not meet in person for weeks now, so we resorted to Zoom – again! It still enables us to find out one another’s needs, pray together, build each other up by both sharing and studying God’s word, and to worship Him. It will make our in-person fellowship sweeter when it happens! “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 “The precious possession of a man is diligence.” Proverbs 12:27

Speaking at MOPS Danelle and I were invited to speak to a group of 25 mothers of preschoolers (MOPS) recently. God worked and touched hearts! We shared our testimonies, principles about child-raising, and sold copies of Steve’s three of Steve’s. They were an engaged group that asked many heart-felt questions during the meeting and afterwards. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

         (Small group discussions before we spoke)

House Church Conference Plans Change We were planning a regional House Church Conference in North Carolina next month. But, due to the recent spread of Covid, we rescheduled for October 14-16.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

Yours In Christ’s Unchanging Love,

Steve & Danelle                      

                                                                      


                                                                                                 
                                                     

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - December 2021


“For God so loved the world that He gave...” John 3:16

Christmas is a time when we give gifts to family, friends, and others. For those of us who have come to know God, it is a time when we remember His precious gift of the Baby Jesus who came to earth to die on the cross for our sins. We celebrate with songs of praise and prayers of thanks for God’s gift - “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” The Bible says that God is love. Whereas there can be giving without love (motived by obligation, guilt, or even pride), there cannot be love without. What can we learn about this amazing Giver?





God Is The Ultimate Giver

God gave us LIFE! In the beginning, God created mankind and He gave us life! “Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” Genesis 2:7  He wanted people made in His image that He could have an intimate relationship with. He wanted people He could give life to and who would be totally satisfied with Him and His gifts.

God gave us FREE WILL! God gave Adam and Eve a free will. Without a free will, there could be no sincere worship of their Creator. “The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”” Genesis 2:16-17  As we all know, sadly, they chose to disobey God. The Bible calls this rebellion sin. Sin brought death – physical, spiritual, and eternal. But God did not stop giving!

God gave us SALVATION! God is merciful and gracious to sinners. He wanted to redeem us, to rescue us from sin and death because of His great love. “The free gift of God is eternal life.” Receiving God’s gift of Jesus Christ is not by our works or good deeds. It is free! It cost God everything, but His gift is given freely to everyone.

We love God because He loved us first.  “…Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:2

 


 God gives each of us the opportunity for NEW LIFE! God wants to give new life to everyone! “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13  

It can be difficult to admit, but by nature, we are all takers. Yes, we will give to others, but often expecting something in return. It is totally unnatural to give like God gives – self-sacrificially, forgiving others, and loving our enemies. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Amazing love!

God simply asks us to turn from our sin to Him and receive His gift of eternal life in Christ. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” We cannot save ourselves by our good works. God saves us! The blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin and He makes us a new person in Christ!


God gives the HOLY SPIRIT to make us Givers of the Gospel! Every Christian receives God’s gift of the Holy Spirit when they believe to transform our lives from takers to givers of the gospel. “Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Now we can be God’s instruments of grace and take the GIFT of Jesus to our lost world. Praise God!!!

Thank YOU for demonstrating the love of God to us and a lost world by giving of your finances and prayers in 2021! Thank you again for your generosity! You are God’s gift to us!

We are praying that you will have a wonderful Christmas enjoying our Lord and Savior who loves you so much!

Steve & Danelle                       

 


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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

 

Nelson newsletter

November 2021

It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night.” Psalm 92

Dear Friends,

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded how good it is to be thankful. A heart filled with thankfulness to the Lord is evidence of the Holy Spirit living in us and ruling in our hearts. Thankfulness is a fruit of the Spirit. It is not natural to practice, “in everything give thanks.” Thankfulness is a choice of our will often going against our feelings or circumstances. Thankfulness is an expression of our faith in a good God who always has our best in mind. Therefore, may God give you grace to praise Him for all things, even the hardships, knowing He has a purpose for them and His love for you never changes! Here are some things we are thankful for:

Atlanta House Church - Baptism  A few weeks ago our church celebrated the new birth of one of our members, Ari Warshaw, by baptizing him in Lake Allatoona. We enjoyed a time of worship, prayer, hearing from God through His Word, a delicious meal, and then baptized Ari. He was raised in the Jewish faith in New York. He told us his fascinating story of finding Christ, or, as he would say, how Christ found him! (Ari is wrapped in a towel next to Chelsea, his wife.) We are thankful for this new brother!



Pastor’s Conference Pastors throughout the Southeast gathered together for 2 days of fervent prayer for ourselves, our families, our churches, our country, and our world. It was awesome!!! Thank you for praying for us!

What I Am Thankful For This Thanksgiving Season:

Ø  50 Years Of Knowing Christ! Yes, 50 years ago I experienced God’s love as never before when I asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sin, come into my life, and surrendered control of my life to Him. He cleansed me and made me His child. I was saved by grace. There was nothing I did to earn eternal life. It was 100% His gift! Since that day in 1971, Jesus has been faithful to His promises, kind, patient, and He has never stopped loving me! “He who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” I Peter 2:6                                                                                                                                                          

Ø  46 Years Of Marriage To Danelle! God graciously gave me an excellent wife who loved, served, and supported me wherever the Lord has led us. She has inspired me like no other!

“An excellent wife, who can find?  For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:10-12, 30.

Ø  Our 7 Children & Their Spouses! All our children & their spouses know and love the Lord Jesus. They have honored and loved us. They also love each other and their children. They are gifts from God!

Ø  Our 21 Grandchildren.  They are our joy! Some are Christians! We pray they all come to Jesus!

Ø  My Loving Family – My mother, brother, sister, and their spouses are all tremendous blessings!!

Ø  Friends - including each of you! Your friendship is priceless to Danelle and I! Thank you!

Support Of Our Ministry  First of all, Danelle and I appreciate your kind and generous support of our work in the gospel. Many of you have been loyal friends of this ministry for decades. Know too that the Lord appreciates your heart for Him and His children, including those who are not His followers yet. “For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.” Hebrews 6:10

That said, some of you may feel led to give a special year-end gift for our ministry. If so, you can go to the Reliant web site, or mail your gift to our office. (Both addresses are below) Our account is #5951. Thank you again for your love for God and trust in us. We covet your prayers to continue making disciples of Christ for His glory!

We are sincerely thankful for each of you!  

Steve & Danelle         

                        

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Nelson newsletter

October 2021

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”3 John 4

Dear Friends,

Whether it is our own children, or our spiritual children, there is nothing we desire more than to hear that they are walking in the truth! To see them come to know Christ, and grow in the grace and knowledge of Him, is what we long for. We pray for them to be saved and then grow in their relationship with God and bring others to the Lord Jesus as their Savior. That is what Danelle and I see happening in our church and in our own family. God is transforming lives! Praise Him!!

Atlanta House Church - Men’s Meeting  The men of Atlanta House Church meet monthly to share their lives, pray for each other, and build one another’s faith. We have seen them grow in their love for God and His word, their families, unbelievers, and one another. Just this week one brother shared Psalm 101 and asked for prayer that he would be a godly father and husband. His honesty and humility set the pace for the entire time. I sat there amazed how the Holy Spirit led the time as they ministered to one another. It was beautiful!

Pastor’s Conference (October 22-23) Our regional pastor’s conference will be in Atlanta this year. Please pray for us as we spend a significant amount to time praying together for our churches as well as our own lives. I will be teaching that Friday night about love, unity, and forgiveness. It is always a blessing to be with men who are serious about spreading the gospel and multiplying disciples.

Friend of the Ministry  Steve and Joanne Saulinskas have been our friends for many years and loyal supporters of our work in the gospel. We are sad to say that Steve passed away on October 8th - moving on to life in the presence of his Lord. He will be greatly missed and always remembered as a man who consistently lived for Christ, loved and supported his wife and family, and enjoyed serving others. Please remember their family in your prayers as they grieve with the hope of seeing Steve again in heaven.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

We are humbled by your consistent support and prayers!  

Steve & Danelle         

     

                                                                                                     


                                                                                                       


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