Sunday, May 12, 2019

Nelson Newsletter - May 2019

Dear Friends,

Danelle’s Health At the last minute, we were unable to attend the Pastors and Wives Retreat this year due to Danelle’s health. This past month has been one of countless doctor visits and tests for Danelle which all came up very suddenly.  One issue was that her heart rate was stuck at 150-170 bpm. The doctor put her on medication, which has given her a lot of nausea and headaches, but lowered the bpm. Thank God! They also did a PET scan for cancer, since she has had a persistent pain in her side for 10+ years. The results showed no cancer, but instead discovered some issues with her liver that she is still being tested for. All of this has been unnerving, but we are at peace knowing that God is in control. In the meantime, she is just left for South Georgia to help our daughter, Stephanie, who just gave birth to their fourth child. Your prayers are greatly appreciated for Danelle, Stephanie, David, and baby Esther Alice Shirley.

St. Petersburg Church Danelle and I plan to return to St. Petersburg May 17th – 21st to encourage the church and strengthen their faith. They are planning an Outreach while we are there to help an elderly neighbor and we are looking forward to working alongside with them in that as well as touch base with different ones while we are there. We stay in touch with Jon and Pam Trunk between visits through Skype calls.

Prayer & Praise
1. Atlanta House Church Continue to pray for Cathlyn to find an actuary job, maybe even here in Atlanta, so that she can stay with our church. Pray for Anna Groff, pictured here with her brother Michael. She graduated from Georgia Tech and took a new job making prosthesis in Tucson starting next month. Ask God to provide a great church family for her and to continue to use her to bring people to know Jesus and grow in Him. We will miss her greatly!

2. St. Petersburg Church Ask God to give Danelle and I discernment and wisdom by His Spirit to minister to the church next weekend, May 17-21. Pray for their hearts to grow in love for Jesus and others.
3. Stephanie’s Baby Praise God for Ester Alice Shirley, born on May 10th! She came on her mother’s birthday & our 44th anniversary. J She is our 16th grandchild. We are deeply grateful!
4. Danelle Praise God for answered prayers for her health! Pray for continued insight to help her heal & recover.

We are thankful for you and your prayers,        

Steve & Danelle   

                        11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832

Monday, April 1, 2019

Nelson Newsletter - March 2019

 Dear Friends,
Spring is here and it’s March – the month of abundant birthdays for the Nelson family! Danelle shares a birthday with our daughter in law, Amanda, and grandson, Seth. (Photo of Seth learning to catch salamanders)

My mother turned 93 on the 13th! We are fortunate to see her often as she lives only minutes away. My brother and our daughter in law, Maria, also share a birthday on the 21st. We have much to celebrate and be grateful for! We are also grateful for your generous financial support, prayers, and friendship. Isn’t it awesome to be loved by God and born again into His family?

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
St. Petersburg Church We continue to encourage Pastor Jon Trunk, and his wife Pam, through Skype and with phone calls. The church is making progress in their faith as they chart a new course. We plan to return in May to build into their lives and help in any way we can.

Prayer & Praise
1. Atlanta House Church Pray for Cathlyn to find a job. She is a young Malaysian woman who has been attending our gatherings recently. Pray for Anna Groff (in photo far right) as she decides where God would have her continue her career in prosthesis. We would love for both of them to stay in Atlanta, but we know God’s plans are the best!

2. Pastor’s & Wives Conference Danelle and I will attend our annual pastors and wives conference April 5-6 at St. Simons Island. John and Sandy Hopler will be speaking. Please pray for God to refresh our marriages and strengthen our love for fellow pastors and leaders.
3. Brandon & Lindsay’s Wedding Please pray for our nephew and his bride as they get married April 13th. Danelle and I, along with many of our children, plan to attend. Pray that their marriage will begin well, knowing the love of Jesus so deeply that they will lay down their lives for one another and others.
4. St. Petersburg Church Ask God to strengthen their marriages. Pray for the entire church to learn to abide in Christ and His love more and more. Finally, Danelle and I need God’s wisdom to understand their needs and offer godly counsel.
5. Timmy Powers Pray for his trip to Europe, including teaching the missionary conference.
6. Stephanie’s Baby Pray for our daughter to have a safe delivery and healthy baby in May.

Praising God for you and your prayers,        

Steve & Danelle   

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Do You Want To Quit Praying For Others?

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. - Ephesians 6:18
With sadness in her voice she opened up about her 23-year-old son and his girlfriend problems. He had been in a rotten relationship with a young lady for years. There was no doubt, after listening to his mother, that they were toxic for each other. Despite the pain, her son could not let her go—even though they hurt each other often. Everyone saw the relationship was doomed to failure. He would call his mother and pour out his broken heart to her and ask for her advice. Sadly, nothing ever changed. His girlfriend was like having a bad cold that would never go away. She even followed him out to California from Atlanta. My friend was at the end of her rope. She wanted to give up on her son.
I encouraged her with the truth above from Ephesians and this truth from Hebrews: “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end” (6:11). I admonished her not to quit with this promise, “And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Who do you know who hasn’t changed and shows no signs of repentance, much less understands that he or she has a problem? Who are you tempted to quit praying for? What you are feeling is normal, but don’t quit trusting God to change them, ever! It seems like a paradox. They may never change, but we must never stop believing they can. Instead, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9).


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Nelson Newsletter - February 2019

Dear Friends,

Spring is coming soon to Georgia! With spring’s arrival, there is a reminder of new life and the resurrection power of God. He gives new life to anyone who calls on His Son! “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Regional House Church Conference (January 25-27) Churches from Georgia, Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina enjoyed sharing this new life in Jesus at our annual retreat. Wayne Jacobsen (second row center), author of He Loves Me, and  Finding Church,  helped all of us evaluate the health of our relationship with God. He encouraged us to abide in Christ and His love and not succumb to the pressure to perform for God or live under fear. Thank you for praying for us! God answered our requests.                                                                                        


Clemson Conference (February 1-2) Brian & Miriam Bridgeman (in the photo with their children) invited Danelle & I to lead a weekend retreat for Clemson students. Marketa, pictured here with Danelle, is one of those who attended. She is a grad student from the Czech Republic. She made a profession of faith this summer during our outreach. Danelle and I are continuing to Skype with her each week to help her grow in her new relationship with Christ.

St. Petersburg Church This month Danelle and I enjoyed another visit to help the church in St. Petersburg transition to open, participatory meetings and a more organic life together under Christ’s headship (leadership). We spent time with individuals, as well as with the entire church, praying, reading the word of God, worshipping the Lord, and becoming better friends. Robbie McAlister and Matt Gordon were also there one evening for a time of encouragement, as they were visiting some of the Florida churches.

Prayer & Praise

1. Atlanta House Church Pray for us to apply the truth we heard at our conference about God’s love for us, so that we would be more satisfied and secure in Christ, resulting in our love others increasing. Praise God for the new jobs, homes, and friendships that He has provided recently!

2. Clemson Ministry Thank God for the students who attended the retreat and were serious about growing in faith! Please continue to ask God to use Brian, and the students he is working with, to get the Good News of Jesus to students, so they would come to know Him as their Lord.

3. St. Petersburg Church Pray for these saints to continue hearing from the Lord through His word and to be led by His Spirit with courage and confidence. Pray for Danelle & I to have insight into how to help the church grow. We will plan to return in April.

Praising God for you and your support,        

Steve & Danelle