Sunday, September 19, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - September 2021

 Dear Friends,

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

Baptisms Our grandson, Isaac, was baptized last month along with several other youth in the Virginia church! Two more of our grandchildren have also expressed their desire to be baptized as a confession of their faith in Christ! They are reading the Bible with their parents to know why we follow Christ in this way. And a young husband in our Atlanta church is also interested getting baptized. We are studying the Bible together to better understand the purpose of baptism. It is exciting to see everyone’s desire to please God in this way! 

(photo: David, holding Esther, is teaching the children about baptism.)



 Friends of Our Ministry Two good friends of our ministry, Dr. Chris Jernigan, and David Jones, passed away recently due to illness. They were men who loved the Lord Jesus and their families with all their hearts. They were also committed to sharing the good news of the gospel around the world. They will be greatly missed, but their legacy lives on in the many lives they touched! Please pray for God’s supernatural comfort and hope for their families.

New Grandson Please welcome Caleb Isaac Evans to Merry and Nathan’s family! He joins our 20 other grandchildren to keep Danelle and I forever young, or at least trying to be. 😉 Caleb and Merry did well during the labor and delivery. Please pray for this growing family!

Thank you for your love and prayers!   

Steve & Danelle                                                                                                                     


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

Nelson Newsletter - August 2021



Dear Ministry Partners,

In this newsletter we wish to highlight our partner church in Portsmouth, Virginia. Our daughter Stephanie, and her husband David, started this house church a few years ago. David took a job with Old Dominion University and began working on his doctoral degree. God has given them a passion to share Christ and make disciples. He has added to their number faithful men and women with a similar passion for Jesus and His mission.

David and Stephanie request our prayers and counsel on a regular basis. It has been an honor for Danelle and I to mentor them and intercede for their church. Here are some of the encouraging works God has done and a few prayer requests for upcoming events.                                                                  

                                                          Ladies celebrating birthdays and Mother’s Day

One of the couples in the church, Jennifer and Brian, are pregnant with their second child after 6 years of infertility! Praise God! Please pray for a continued healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Youth getting baptized August 22nd! Isaac (David and Stephanie’s middle son), Kebar, Zion, and possibly others are getting baptized! They have seen them grow in wisdom and understanding!  Although they are young, ages 5-7, Stephanie said they are already learning to listen to God and do what He says.

                                                                                    Sunday Morning Meeting     


                   Shirley Family              


                                                Esther learning how to play the  djembe with David Sunday morning                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Prayer Requests

1. Virginia Church 

- To reach their neighbors & coworkers for Jesus, and to seek opportunities to minister as a church body.            - For their Sunday morning gathering and the weekly men’s and women's group to be focused on Christ.                - For their church camping trip August 13-15 to be worshipful, uniting, and inspire them to reach others.               - For the baptism a wonderful celebration of Christ’s redemption in these young people.

2. Merry’s Baby Pray for a safe delivery and healthy son for our daughter Merry. Pray for Danelle as she helps with the labor and delivery. Merry is due any day now! Thank you!


Thank you for your prayers and support!   

Steve & Danelle

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - July 2021


Nelson newsletter

July 2021


Dear Friends,

Our God is alive and working in and through His people in many beautiful ways! Here are some things He has done in answer your prayers. Glory to God for His love!

Twins Adoption Finalized!  Grace and Ward are officially the parents of Will and Fred Bearden! After two long years of an on-again, off-again emotional roller coaster ride, the boys were adopted July 6th. They are excited, relieved, and grateful! Thank you for standing with us in prayer!! Now, at last, we can also show you photos of the twins.

Here is a photo of Beatrix Nelson at her 1st birthday party last week. Such a happy girl growing up in a loving family! Danelle and I officially have 20 grandchildren to love and pray for! Merry is due next month with number 21 – Yes, another boy! (14-7!) The other photo is of Merry, Elijah, Nathan, and grandmother Danelle.



Steve’s New Book God is answering your prayers for, What Is Better Than Free? “Restoring The Lost Work Ethic” Today, Steve gave Jade a copy. She is the coffee shop manager who inspired the title of his new book. She said she was eager to start reading it as we discussed again the importance of a good work ethic and how she became a good example. Pray that she, and many others, will come to know Jesus personally because of reading this book.  Maybe you know someone who would benefit from reading it. It is a great tool for parents too! You can find it on Amazon in paperback and as an e-book.

Fellowship With Old Friends Recently I met our friend, Park Ashley, for lunch at the Varsity as he and his son drove through Atlanta. Park was a student at Georgia Tech who was part of our campus ministry many years ago.

Danelle and I took our friend, Martha Cornette, to her favorite restaurant -Chick-fil-A! We enjoyed rich fellowship with both of these dear saints who continue to love and follow the Lord Jesus Christ!

Prayer & Praise

I love the Lord, because He hears my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1-2

1. Bearden Twins - Pray for Grace and Ward to parent well - with God’s grace, strength, and patience. They have their hands full with these two active boys! Pray for all 7 our children to raise godly grandchildren who come to know and love the Lord Jesus and then learn how to others.

2. Merry’s Baby Pray for a safe delivery and healthy son for Merry and Nathan. Danelle plans to assist in the delivery. She is due August 11th. Thank you!

3. New Book Ask God to use Steve’s book to bring Jade and many others to know Jesus Christ. Pray for God to raise up more faithful, hard-working young people as powerful testimonies for Christ.  

Thank you for being our prayer warriors!   

Steve & Danelle



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

Saturday, June 26, 2021


Dear Prayer Partners,

House Church Thank you for praying for us! God answered your prayers as I met with Titus last week for 2 hours! He told me he made a profession of faith as a teenager. Pray for discernment to know how to help him. When we were parting, I gave him Secure In An Insecure World. He is reading it! May we imitate Paul’s heart and pray fervently! “My heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.” Romans 10:1

Steve’s New Book – What Is Better Than Free? “Restoring The Lost Work Ethic” is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle! Praise God for His grace to finish this huge project! Thank you again for praying!!!  Pray for God to use it in lives across the nation and the world! It can bring many to know Christ, grow as His followers, and adopt a Biblical work ethic as a Christian testimony.

Twins Adoption The adoption of Will and Fred is scheduled for July 6th! They just turned 2 last week, so Grace and Ward are excited and thankful to see this answer to many prayers, including yours!

Mother’s Recovery My mom is at home recovering well from her surgery to repair the compression fractures. Thank you for praying for her! Another praise to our God!


                                                Prayer & Praise                                                                                  

1. Atlanta Church - Pray for Titus and others we know to turn from sin to Christ! Pray for us to value lost people more and more, including our family members, and to pray fervently for their salvation.  

2. Mother - Pray for Alice to be patient as she heals. She is eager to get out and play Bridge. Thanks!!

3. New Book – Ask God to publicize Steve’s book and use it to transform lives, families, and the church.

Thank you for being our prayer partners!   

Steve & Danelle

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

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - May 2021


Dear Ministry Partners, 

House Church God continues to give us opportunities to share the gospel with people here in Atlanta. Recently I met Titus, a 35-year-old single man, at LA Fitness. He shared how both of his parents died of cancer when he was a child. Then he told me how unhappy he was living apart from God. “I prayed yesterday, God would you take control of my life.” We spoke about how to know God personally through faith in Christ and that salvation is not dependent on our good deeds. He listened intently! Danelle and I would like to have him over for dinner soon. This photo is of recent Sunday morning. We are discussing John 13. Our daughter Stephanie, far right, joined us. She and her husband, David, lead a house church in Virginia which is healthy and growing in love and commitment.

46 Years of Marriage I asked Danelle on May 10th if she would marry me again. She said yes! God united us in marriage on May 10th, 1975, and it has been fantastic! We were talking recently about how we are not the same two young people we were back then – not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. God has dramatically transformed our lives through our marriage, and we are the better for it! At our wedding we sang Psalm 34:3 “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.” Please pray this will continue to be our mission together!

Mother’s Fall
My dear mother, Alice, fell a week ago and had compression fractures. She has been in a lot of pain all week. Yesterday they did a Kyphoplasty procedure, injecting cement into the 3 fractured areas of her back. It provided immediate relief from some of the pain. Today she was cleared to enter a 24-hour rehab center. She will go there in a few days. We are trusting God to take care of her.

                                               Prayer & Praise                                                        

1. Atlanta Church - Pray for many people to come to Christ, including Tony, Diana, Jade, Ken, Titus, and Mandy. Ask God to move our hearts because time is running out as Jesus said, "We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work." John 9:4   

2. Mother - Pray for Alice to heal, learn to walk safely, and be able to return home soon. She told me how grateful she is to be feeling better, able to walk again, and for more opportunities to love others!

3. Our Marriage - Pray for continued growth in our love for one another, our passion to share the gospel, and for wisdom to help others have Christ-centered marriages that will impact the world, starting at home.

Thank you for being our teammates!   

Steve & Danelle

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

Monday, May 24, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - April 2021


* For some reason I forgot to publish this last month. Even thought some of this is old news, it is still encouraging and the prayer requests are still relevant. Thank you for giving my grace!

Dear Friends,

We have been putting this command into practice lately, “But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 NET Your prayers and gifts are making an eternal difference!

Atlanta House Church Our church is committed to life-style evangelism with neighbors and co-workers. Recently my beekeeping allowed me to meet Diana and Tony, who are engaged to be married in August. They came over for dinner last night, and both Danelle and myself shared how we came to know Christ personally. Two days ago, I was able to tell a young man named Chris that I befriended at LA Fitness, about the hope I have through Christ.

Pray for our church to care deeply about unbelievers and share Christ with them. Photo of Tony (right), with our old friend Bill Hollis, at Costco catching a swarm of bees (in the white box).

Pastors & Wives Conference -April 9-10 Danelle and I enjoyed our marriage conference. It is always helpful to stop and evaluate one’s relationship and make any heart changes God shows you. It was also a treat to be with so many dear friends who love the Lord and are committed to the Great Commission. Here we are pictured with Larry and Corey Messer from Gainesville, Florida.


                                          Prayer & Praise                                                                                        

1. Atlanta Church - Pray for many people to come to Christ, including Tony and Diana. Ask God to grip our hearts with His love for unbelievers so that we build friendships with them and help them find God.   

2. Our Family - Pray for our two sons-in-law who are interviewing for jobs. Pray for our daughter Merry who is expecting in August. Finally, pray for progress in the adoption of the twins. It is looking hopeful! 

3. Steve’s New Book - Pray for insight during the editing process and for attractive illustrations.

Thank you for being our teammates!   

Steve & Danelle

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

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - March 2021


Dear Saints,

It is imperative that we know who we are in Christ so that we will live with courage in this fallen world. Paul addressed the Christians in Rome this way, “to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:7 May this truth cause you to live victoriously for Christ. Here are some recent victories we have experienced.

Mother’s Birthday My dear mother, Alice Marie Turnage Nelson, turned 95 this month! We thank God for her good health, sharp mind, and generous heart. Jesus lives in her as evidenced by her many loving deeds. Many of her family celebrated with her. She, Danelle, and I have also been vaccinated! Praise God!

Danelle & Grandchildren My beautiful wife and I will celebrate our 46th anniversary in May. God has been so good to us! She recently had injections in both of her knees with the hope that she can walk pain-free. Our youngest daughter, Merry, is expecting their second son in early August! That will give us 21 grandchildren. Therefore, we need to be healthy to be able to run around with this growing multitude!

Atlanta House Church & Family Our church is growing and continues to seek to know Christ and make him known in Atlanta. We see our devotion to one another getting stronger. Some members of our church, and our family, have major decisions to make. They need God’s wisdom and His provision.

Pastors & Wives Conference Danelle and I will join other leaders from the Southeast for a Couple’s Conference, April 9-10, at St. Simmons Island, GA. Pray for us and the speakers to hear from God.

                                             Prayer & Praise                                                                                       

 1. Atlanta Church & Our Family - Pray for the major decisions for God’s wisdom and provision.                         2. Danelle - Ask God to heal her and keep her encouraged no matter what the outcome.                              3. Pastor’s & Wives Conference (April 9-10) - Pray for refreshment and growth in our marriages.

Thank you for your prayers and support!    

Steve & Danelle


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

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - February 2021

 Dear Ministry Friends,

We appreciate you! Here are some answers to your prayers for our recent work in the gospel…

Discover House Church (January 30th 10am) Our experiment to help the larger body of Christ was a success. We hosted a Zoom teaching called “Discovering Relational/House Church.” After I taught for 30 minutes, we fielded questions. The discussion was open, honest, and edifying with much participation. If you wish to watch it or pass it on to others:

Gainesville Leaders Matt Gordon, in Gainesville, Florida, invited me to speak to their church leaders about how I became a pastor. I shared what God did in my life 43 years ago - taking an immature young man and raising him up to shepherd God’s people. It encouraged me too, as I recalled what God did in my life. There are many others, especially my wife, who patiently helped me mature over the years. Then I answered a few questions. I was thankful for the opportunity to serve, even if it was not in person.

Twins Adoption Grace and Ward now have an adoption lawyer and things are progressing, albeit slowly. Pray for the completion of the Social Security paperwork necessary to finalize the adoption.


Prayer & Praise                                                                                   

1. Discover House Church Meeting - Pray for God to use the recording to help others understand house church. Pray for Ken, an old friend from Clemson, who has joined our church because of this outreach.  

2. Twins - Ask God to bless Grace and Ward with closure on adopting the twins next month!             

3. Southeast Churches - Pray for the churches we serve in the Southeast to keep growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ, sharing the gospel, and increasing in their love for one another.

Thank you for your hearts for God!    

Steve & Danelle


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

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Nelson Newsletter - January 2021

 Dear Ministry Partners,

Thank you for your faithful and generous support of our ministry! Your prayers make all the difference in our work. That is why we publish our monthly letter with current needs and gospel opportunities.

Discover House Church (January 30th 10am)  This Saturday at 10am we are hosting a Zoom meeting for anyone interested in discovering more about House/Relational Church. We will host an hour meeting with teaching about how to be the church on mission with each person following Jesus and learning how to love one another, serve one another, build up one another, and encourage one another. If you, or someone you know, wants to participate, please use this link. Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 828 6522 8086 Passcode: 238401

Twins Adoption  After 18 months of fostering, Grace and Ward have been given new hope in the adoption of the twins. Their mother signed over her rights and said she is very thankful the boys will have such good parents and be raised in a Christian home. Pray for the final paperwork to be completed soon.

New Book  Steve is writing a new book about the value of a good work ethic and how to help adults, as well as children and teenagers, embrace God’s eternal values for their lives. Please pray for the grace to be disciplined and for the Holy Spirit to inspire him as he writes. Thank you.

Prayer & Praise

1. Discover House Church (Zoom Meeting) - Pray for God to bring the attendees, and for those of us who will be leading to have God’s wisdom and meet the needs as we answer their questions.


2. Twins - Ask God to bless Grace and Ward with closure on adopting the twins in February!


3. New Members - Pray for the new people gathering with our church to catch God’s vision of every member a minister, lifestyle evangelism, and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.


4. New Book - Please ask God to help Steve write this book with a view to inspire many embrace work!


Thank you for being our team in the gospel!


Steve & Danelle            




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