Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nelson Newsletter – December 2011

Dear Friends,

Merry Christmas! We hope that you are enjoying your Lord and Savior during this special time of the year. It is a challenge in America to not be distracted from our devotion to Christ with all the activities and busyness of the holidays. Paul wrote the Corinthians, “I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3. The Amplified says, “that your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” We pray that you would be able to hear God’s voice when you read His word, love your family and friends, share the good news with the lost, and worship Jesus Christ without distraction!

Columbia House Church Conference Danelle and I helped lead a house church conference with Riverbend Community Church in September. There was a lot of enthusiasm to learn and make disciples in Columbia and throughout the Southeast. Just this week Danelle and I met with Robbie McAlister, Sarah Bedi, and Ray Vaughn to evaluate, plan and pray together for 2012 and how we can be a part of a church planting movement. Look for information about conferences next year which train and inspire us.

Giving Danelle and I thank you for your support! Many of you have stood with us for years. Some of you may wish to send a special year-end gift, and/or being to support us monthly. Please visit the GCM website, or call the office, 407-671-9700 and they will help you. Thanks again!

Ukraine and Latvia in February In February Danelle and I plan to return to Europe and work alongside our good friends and missionaries, Timmy and Kenyon Powers. We plan to travel to Riga, Latvia and work with Andris Dekants and his new wife Alicia (left). They have a heart to reach their country with the gospel. Then we will also return to Odessa, Ukraine to encourage Gennady and Lena Grazdanken (right). We will be teaching the believers in each of these countries for several weeks.

Tanzania Mission in May Lee Gordon, from Gator Christian Fellowship in Gainesville, Florida, invited me to join him and a small team to go to Tanzania in May for three weeks. Our desire is to see a church planting movement started in the remote villages of Tanzania. I have been told there are very few churches in these remote areas, so I am excited to see how God will use us. We will also drill wells and minister in orphanages. We will need your prayer support and will send more information later.

Faithwalkers Conference Danelle, Merry and I will attend the Faithwalkers conference in Asheville again this year. I will be teaching seminars, one on house church and another on relationships, based on

the content of Secure In An Insecure World. BTW, you can order my book for Christmas gift from our web site, or as an e-book from Barnes and Noble, Amazon or I Tunes.

Housing Update Thank you for praying for us about this. God heard and provided an old house near my mother. It took six intense weeks of remodeling to get it ready to live in. We have been in our house for a week now, but it will still take a few weeks to finish unpacking and finish all the little things - like hanging light fixtures. We praise God that we will be settled, organized and better able to serve others. It is a huge emotional blessing for us to be at this point!

Prayer Requests

  1. Faithwalkers Conference. Our teaching at Faithwalkers to minister to everyone’s needs and be a blessing. Pray for God to encourage all who attend. We would come away abiding in Christ and rejoicing in Him more consistently.
  2. Latvia and Ukraine. Pray for wisdom to discern their needs and equip them to do the work of making disciples who will multiply throughout each country. Pray for an effective serving with the Powers
  3. Tanzania Mission. Pray for our team to be united. Pray for us to have discernment to be fruitful in this culture. Pray for God to raise up many men and women of peace, teachable and filled with faith in God.
  4. Please pray for the finances for Danelle and I to minister overseas and here in the Southeastern US.


Yours in Christ’s unfailing love,


Steve and Danelle

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nelson Newsletter – September 2011

Dear Friends,

Finally! There is a little chill in the air here in Atlanta and we are loving it! We are also excited about what God is doing here in the three house churches. One of our members recently went through an ordeal with her husband’s health. She said, “I think God brought you back just for me!” We continue to seek God, learning how to hear from Him through His word and His Spirit, minister to one another, and reach the lost.

Gospel Opportunities Recently, our son Scott, who is also in one of the house churches, gave a contractor a copy of Secure In An Insecure World. Today this man was working on my mother’s house and said he finds my book very interesting and useful. He told me he is on his fourth marriage and really needs help with relationships. Please pray for him to come to know Christ!

Columbia House Church Conference The weekend of September 30th Danelle and I are going to South Carolina to help lead a house church conference with Riverbend Community Church, which has 3 house churches at this time. We are eager to see what Jesus Christ will do to build His church in practical ways.

Support Danelle and I greatly appreciate your support! As we continue to adjust to life back in the US, it greatly humbles us to know you have confidence in us. Your sacrifice for God motivates us to be people of integrity. Your gifts help us pay the bills so we can devote ourselves to serving people. They also build our faith in God and affirm we are doing His will. If you wish to send a special gift, and/or support us monthly, you can visit the GCM website, or call the office, 407-671-9700.

Housing Update Waiting! Who likes to wait, and wait, and wait? Not me! Maybe you have been waiting on God for a new job, a spouse, children, or to change the heart of someone close to you. God has been teaching us to wait on Him to provide a house for us close to my mother, to enable us to be settled. It has been challenging to wait for months, and to look at hundreds of potential homes, especially when we already feel a little out of sorts living in the US. “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31 God has given us grace to persevere and wait. We finally have a contract on a fixer-upper house just a few minutes from my mother. Praise God! Please pray we will close the middle of October and be in by Thanksgiving.

Prayer Requests

  1. The believers in Atlanta to grow in love for Jesus, one another, and be faithful to share the gospel.
  2. The conference in Columbia, SC. Sept 30-Oct 1. God would inspire, lead and meet the needs.
  3. Our financial support increase to keep us going strong.
  4. Getting settled in our home by Thanksgiving. There is much remodeling work to be done.
  5. Multiply disciples and simple churches in Atlanta, South Carolina, and beyond. (Remind you of Buzz?)
  6. We would like to return to Ukraine this winter to minister in Kiev and Odessa. Pray for God’s leading.


Yours in Christ’s love,


Steve and Danelle

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nelson Newsletter – July 2011

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition to living in America. We have been told numerous times how returning is more difficult than moving overseas. We believe it! So much has changed here, as well as in our own lives, that adjusting has not been easy. God has given grace, and your prayers are very valuable to us for these times. We are still in the “unsettled” stage, as they call it. We have been told it can take between 6 months to a few years! We praise God that He never changes - His love, care, and faithfulness are immovable. We have struggled to believe this at times, but here are some people God has used to help us move forward.

Missionary Debrief In May we attended DAR, “Debrief and Reentry,” at Mission Training International in Colorado with missionaries from all over the world. It was a wonderful, beneficial time of teaching, reflection, and fellowship with ones who could empathize with us and vice versa. Steve also received good counsel at the Pastor’s conference in June.

New Job Description Steve will remain on staff with Great Commission Ministries serving churches in the Southeast and continue his work overseas. He will mentor leaders and begin a network of organic churches in the Atlanta area; assist Riverbend Community Church with their house churches; and help the new house churches in St. Petersburg and Gainesville, Florida. Steve and Danelle will continue their work with Great Commission Europe to assist nationals in discipleship and multiplication of simple churches. They plan to return to Odessa, Ukraine in the next few months. Steve will also continue to write materials for evangelism, discipleship, leadership, and the Faithwalkers devotional. His book, Secure In An Insecure World, is in its third printing and being used around the world. It can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and I-books now!

Support Opportunities You all have been an amazing team of supporters while we worked in Ukraine. Thank you very much! As you can imagine, the cost of living, health care, and travel expenses are higher here than they are in Ukraine. Therefore, Danelle and I will need more financial support ($1,000/month) to serve on staff with Great Commission Ministries here in the United States. Also, GCM allows returning missionaries to receive a one- time housing bonus to help cover their initial housing expenses. Therefore, please prayerfully consider sending a special gift, and/or increasing your monthly support. Some of you may want to start supporting us each month for the first time. You can do so by visiting the GCM website (, or by calling the office, 407-671-9700. We are still full time missionaries for Jesus, and we need you on our team. Please pray for us.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Our financial support needs to be met so we can return to serving full time.
  2. Finding and getting settled in a home.
  3. Starting new simple churches in Atlanta and serving those connected to Riverbend in South Carolina.
  4. Wisdom to help churches multiply disciples. The harvest is plentiful here!!!


Yours in Christ’s love,


Steve and Danelle

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nelson Newsletter – May 2011

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

We are now back in America, adjusting to life here, and seeking God for where to serve next. Leaving Ukraine was a very emotional experience. We became very close with Timmy and Kenyon Powers and David and Mindy Henson, so saying good bye was difficult for all of us. Parting ways was the same with

Powers, Nelsons, & Hensons Tuesday Night Bible Study

our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Christ. Danelle and I attended our European missionary conference in Greece last month. While we were there, we took a day trip to the ruins of Philippi. We studied Paul’s letter to the Philippians during the week and I had the privilege to teach from Philippians 1 about how Paul felt about his fellow laborers, “It is only right for me to feel this way about you because I have you in my heart.” This is exactly how we feel about the Powers, Hensons, and so many others in Ukraine. They will always be in our hearts and prayers!

Leaving Ukraine was an exhausting process - visiting numerous friends to say good bye, packing, selling, or giving away our belongings, and finally traveling back to our native country. We thank God for the opportunity to serve in Ukraine. He changed many lives during the six years we were there, including ours! We praise Him for His grace which has been sufficient! We thank you all for making this possible with your prayers and financial support. You all have been fantastic! We would like to sit down with as many of you as possible to exchange stories of His amazing grace in all of our lives. Lord willing, we would like to continue serving with Great Commission Ministries overseas and here in the Southeast. Our future is in His hands. Here is a comforting verse God has given us that may be relevant to you too.

“O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; for You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1

Prayer Requests:

  1. Counsel during the Missionary debriefing May 29-June 3 & the Pastor’s conference June 13-15.
  2. Quality time with our supporters, friends, and family this summer.
  3. Wisdom for future ministry overseas, in the Southeast, as well as Atlanta.


Yours in Christ’s love,


Steve and Danelle

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nelson Newsletter – March 2011

Dear Friends,
We thank God that He continues to change lives here in Ukraine. Danelle and I spent last Friday evening with women from one rehab center. We met at the Power’s apartment
Danelle, Natasha, and Oksana
for dinner, fellowship and a great Bible discussion about how to avoid temptation. We have begun a weekly meeting with the leaders of the rehab centers. The past two Mondays I taught, first on how to develop Biblical convictions, and then on how to love and preserve the unity in the body of Christ. It’s always a pleasure to teach these dear saints because they are eager to learn and grow!
Rehab leaders meeting

The Ukrainian house churches also continue to grow; leading others to Christ, and expanding the Kingdom. They are now completely led by nationals; therefore, we believe our ministry in Kiev is winding down. As you know, we have helped churches in Odessa, Ukraine and other countries like Moldova and Latvia.  In the fall, we may live in one of these places to train leaders and help them in evangelism. We would also like to help new house churches in Atlanta and the Southeast this summer. We will remain on staff with GCM, and we always appreciate your support!
In late April we will move out of our apartment in Kiev, and plan to spend the summer in Atlanta.  It will be a time of being Mom and Dad and Granddad and Grandmother, as well as a time of assessment and planning.  We will participate in a missionary evaluation at the end of May with Missionary Training International (MTI). They will help us evaluate our ministry in Ukraine, and give us guidance for our future ministry. I will also be attending the Great Commission Pastor’s conference in Indiana for encouragement and guidance.  Please pray for us as we seek God and His will for our future.

Our Prayer Requests:
1. Wrapping up ministry in Kiev and graceful closure with our friends.
2. Wisdom for our future ministry overseas as well as in Atlanta this summer.
3. Spirit-led counsel at MTI and the Pastor’s conference.
4. Quality time with our family, friends and supporters.

Yours in Christ’s love,

Steve and Danelle

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Nelson Newsletter – January 2011

New Year The New Year is a natural time to stop and evaluate one’s life. For those of us who know and love Jesus, it provides an opportunity to examine our lives from an eternal perspective. We are here on earth but a short time. Someone once said, “Life is short, death is sure, sin the cause, Christ the cure.” James described our life as a vapor, “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” Therefore, we need to make our one life count! Moses said, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 “Is what you are living for worthy of Christ dying for?” someone once asked. It is spiritually healthy to examine what you are doing. Are you accomplishing the goals God has for you? If not, why not? What needs to change and how? Please pray that we too would do some healthy soul searching - to be very fruitful and honor God in all that we do here in Ukraine. Thank you!

Columbia, SC Danelle and I always enjoy visiting our friends at Riverbend in Lexington, South Carolina. On Thursday, we attended a house church where my sister and her husband are involved. On Saturday, we participated in their house church leadership meeting. Then, on Sunday, we attended the church service and held a luncheon and a Q and A time with friends and supporters of our ministry. It refreshed our faith to see their desire to reach the lost and make disciples in Columbia and beyond!
Christmas God is so good! He gave us a rich time with our family and friends in America. Here is a photo of the Nelson Christmas, including the Newtons by Skype! :-)

Faithwalkers Danelle, Merry and I attended the Faithwalkers conference in Asheville, with David and Stephanie Shirley, and David’s mother. Hundreds gathered to seek God and learn about discipleship. Steve enjoyed teaching two seminars. You may listen to all the teachings at:

Steve teaching “The Gospel: Pure and Simple”

Andre’s Father Pastor Andre Skyped me in America to tell me the good news about his father’s salvation! I rejoiced as he told me the story. Their church decided to go through Evangelism Explosion to learn how to share Christ. They were encouraged to pray for their lost family and friends and to practice communicating the good news with them. Andre spoke with his father, and he decided to trust Christ as his Savior and Lord. Andre and I made a covenant more than ten years ago to pray for our father’s salvation! Why do people become Christians? The Holy Spirit convicts them of sin and reveals their need for Jesus. God also uses our prayers and our speaking the good news of Christ dying for their sins, and their need to repent and believe. It is so simple eh? How do we miss it?

Our Prayer Requests:
  • For Ukrainian leaders who would mobilize believers to spread the gospel and make disciples throughout this nation.
  • For Kostia to become a Christian. We had another excellent discussion about salvation recently. He is seeking the truth about God, but only the Holy Spirit can open his eyes.
  • For Scott and Maria’s second son who is due at the beginning of March.
  • For Timmy and I. We will travel to Odessa to teach house churches January 28-31.

Yours in our Savior’s love,

Steve and Danelle