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