Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Nelson Newsletter – August 2010

Greetings in the name of Jesus!
We trust that you are walking with God and receiving His abundant grace to do His will. He has provided abundant grace to us this month to keep serving, even with the record temperatures almost daily reaching 100 degrees. We are so looking forward to the fall! We have been actively making disciples, serving the men and women at the rehab centers, attending small group meetings, and devoting ourselves to fervent prayer for needs here and for many of you.
  Recently, we attended the wedding of two of our close friends. They both love the Lord, and will be a good example of a Christ-centered marriage in a country that so desperately needs good role models. In the photo is the new couple, Vitalic and Oksana Rizol, with Pastor Maxim Nicolaev, who conducted the ceremony. Yes, they got married on a dock on the Dnieper River on a sunny afternoon in August! Umbrellas and water bottles were essential fare to survive the hot, hour-long ceremony. It was a beautiful wedding, and Maxim shared some excellent Biblical truths that touched all our hearts.

Marriage Seminar
Maria, a businesswoman in Kiev, read Steve’s book, Secure In An Insecure World (in Russian of course), and loved it so much that she asked us to lead a marriage seminar next month. We will use Steve’s book as a supplement to the four training times at Maria’s Christian Singles Club, in hopes that many unbelievers will come and hear the gospel. We will have discussions about the need for love, respect, and trust in relationships. They will hear how Jesus Christ loves them, can forgive their sins, give them new life, and make them complete and content.

Prayer Requests
1. How to help the Rehab Center graduates successfully transition to normal life & grow.
2. Discipleship Conference Sept. 17-19 in Kiev. Several countries will be represented.
3. GC Europe Conference Sept 23-25. Pastor Doug Brown from Kansas City will teach.
4. Marriage Seminar Sept 8-15. People to be saved and begin Christ-centered marriages.

Yours in Christ’s love,

Steve and Danelle
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