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