Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nelson Newsletter - September 2017

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. Go!” Luke 10:2-3

Dear Ministry Partners,

Fall is officially here, even though it still feels like summer with temperatures in the 90’s here in Atlanta. Football now captures the attention of many, including us Clemson fans. ;-) It’s a team sport. For a team to do well, each member must be “All In” as one coach has admonished his players. 

The body of Christ, the church, is no less a team effort. We need you to be all in. You need me, and each child of God, to be wholehearted in loving and serving the Lord. You are our teammates. Here are some answers to your prayers for this ministry! Thanks for being all in!

House Church God led us to consider what “next steps” He wants us to take to reach lost people. Each of us prayed about this, shared our specific steps with one another, and then compiled them in a document for us to pray for one another. We’re getting more serious about “going!”

Clemson Outreach This week, September 27-28, I will be evangelizing at Clemson University with Rich Suplita and a couple from Texas. Please pray for us as we join campus minister, Brian Bridgeman, to share the liberating message of Christ with students.       

Hispanic Outreach Our friends, Abel and Francesca, now have both trusted Christ for eternal life! Danelle and I meet with them weekly to read the Bible and pray. Francesca wants her two sisters and their families to come to know Christ! Pray for God to save all of them!                                                            

Prayer Requests

1. Atlanta House Church Pray for us to be faithful to pray for & practice our “next steps.”

2. Outreach to College Students Pray for the Clemson outreach September 27-28.

3. Persons of Peace Pray for Abel and Francesca to grow and be powerful witnesses. Pray for the Spirit to bring her sister’s families to the Lord. Pray for Danelle and me to train them well.

United with you on mission,
Steve & Danelle                            
                         11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Are You Ready To Die?

No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death. – Ecclesiastes 8:8

Are you ready to die? That may sound like a strange question to you. It may sound morbid. Actually, if one is not ready to die, then one cannot live wisely and freely. When we know that our eternity is sure, and our destiny is to live in the presence of the Almighty, then we can live life with the end in mind. With the ending secure, we live wisely. We know why we are here and what truly matters. We live backwards with our eternal destiny in mind. That is the only way to make the most of your life.
A few months ago I thought I might go be with Jesus in heaven. I had vertigo on the way to airport as my wife and I were going to Ukraine to minister where we had lived for six years. By the time I got to the airport, I could not walk. Two and a half hours later we missed our flight, and they attempted to take me to the doctor. Instead I ended up in the hospital. While in transit, I passed out and began vomiting and having convulsions. I thought I might be going home—to my eternal home. It scared my wife and children, to say the least! After an exhaustive number of tests, the medical staff didn’t find anything. We went to Ukraine three days later and had a fantastic time.

Live each day as if it is your last. Don’t get caught off guard. Be ready; like the Boy Scout motto says, “Be prepared.” Live each day to be faithful and fruitful for Christ, for “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).

Friday, August 18, 2017

Nelson Newsletter - August 2017

“I will also make you a light of the nations so that My salvation
 may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

Dear Friends,

House Church Conference (August 11-13) Churches from Gainesville, Raleigh, and Atlanta met for our annual house church conference in Rincon, GA this year. It was a different feel this year as we not only gathered to sing and pray, but we also had “learning communities.” We spit up into our respective churches to evaluate what God has done this past year, and where we are currently. We discussed our challenges, and what do we think God wants to do with us. We concentrated on hearing from God personally and speaking into one another’s lives when we assembled back together. It was truly edifying and practical needs were addressed. Thank you for praying for us! Keep up the good work. We praise God for having you on our team!

College Students I plan to join Rich and Katherine Suplita to do some outreach this fall at the University of Georgia and at Clemson University. Indeed, as the Lord Jesus implored us,

“The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. Therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

Recently, our church read The Great Evangelical Recession by John Dickerson. (I highly recommend it!) We were shocked to read that so many college students give up their faith when they leave home. One study said that over 700 a day turn from Christianity! Therefore, please pray for us as we join Brian Bridgeman and others to share the powerful message of Christ with Clemson students. It is an urgent need. Your prayers now will prepare hearts for our outreach September 27-28!

“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.           Isaiah 54:10


                                            2017 House Church Conference

Prayer Requests

1. House Church Conference Please pray for each church to act on what God showed them during the conference. Pray for us to stay encouraged in the Lord and His love for us so that we can boldly share truth with people in our communities. Pray for the Spirit of God to make many new converts. Finally, pray for us to keep learning how to hear His voice by the Holy Spirit, through His word, and through one another.

2. Outreach to College Students Pray for Rich, Katherine, Brian, and I for our evangelism September 27-28 at Clemson. Pray for the Spirit of God to bring students into a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you!

3. Outreach in Atlanta Please pray for Timmy and Kenyon who just moved to Clarkston (in the Atlanta area) to reach internationals. It is the most diverse square mile in America because of the thousands of immigrants and refugees who come to live there. There are many opportunities.

Also, pray for our friends, Abel and his wife Francesca, to continue to seek the Lord with Danelle and me. They have been more open than ever. A young Christian couple, Chris & Maria, have agreed to help us translate to reach the many Hispanics God has brought into our lives.

Finally, pray for everyone in our church to grow in our love for the unbelievers all around us so that we can share the good news of Christ with them. The harvest is plentiful here too!

Yours in Christ’s love,
Steve & Danelle    

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nelson Newsletter - July 2017

“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” Isaiah 12:4-5

Happy Summer Dear Friends!

Who doesn’t enjoy eating a sweet, juicy watermelon on a hot summer’s day and spitting the seeds out on the ground? It is fascinating to think that one seed contained everything necessary to grow the entire plant and its fruit!

Summer is the time for many of us to slow down, enjoy visiting family, go on vacation, watch some baseball, swim, or go fishing. It can also be an opportunity to build friendships with those who don’t know our Savior – to plant some spiritual seeds! I was encouraged the other day when my son-in-law told me how he volunteered to help a new neighbor move in. I was proud of him for sacrificing his time (on July 4th at 10:30pm!) to sow some seeds by showing the love of Christ to a stranger in hopes of telling him the gospel in the future. 

Here are some opportunities we have had to sow God’s seeds:

Students in Orlando Danelle and I traveled to Orlando to participate in the annual LINC training program for college students. Steve spoke on, “Leadership Is For Everyone,” one evening to the enthusiastic participants. What a great group of young people! We also joined these young people on the UCF campus sharing the Christ with the students.  Danelle and I were struck with the lack of understanding of right and wrong. The moral compass is either missing or broken in so many of their lives. They truly were “like sheep without a shepherd,” as Jesus described the lost to His disciples. Please pray for God to awaken the youth in America to His purpose for their lives!
Danelle sharing Christ on UCF campus. The sign seemed to explain what we were doing, except our “counseling services” were Christ-centered!

The students at LINC during our teaching on Leadership.

House Church Conference (August 11-13) The churches in Gainesville, Raleigh, and Atlanta will gather for our annual house church conference. We plan to have more personal care, interactive Bible teaching, prayer, and fellowship this year. Please pray for us to hear from the Lord, be encouraged, and refreshed in the mission of reaching the world. We want to sow more seeds!                                                          
Prayer Requests

1. LINC Pray for the students at LINC to apply the truths about leadership they heard. Pray for their last few weeks to be fruitful with personal growth and people coming to know Christ. Pray for those who come to know Christ to become part of the church in Orlando and grow in their faith.

2. House Church Conference (Aug 11-13) Please pray for the Spirit of God to prepare our hearts to hear and obey all that the Lord Jesus shows us. Pray for our love and friendships to get stronger. Pray for our passion for the lost to increase. Pray for God to be glorified in our entire time together.

Sowing God’s Seeds,
Steve & Danelle  

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