Sunday, August 20, 2023

Nelson Newsletter - August 2023


“But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” 1 Corinthians14:24-25

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,  

NYC Granddaughters Jasper (16), and Emilia Dewey (11), both came to stay with us for 3 weeks in July. Their mother, Julie, was here part of the time, but needed to return for work. It was special! Jasper is visiting colleges since she will be a senior this year. Yikes! Do we really have a grandchild that old? She visited Vanderbilt with her mother and Danelle while she was here. And she is learning to drive - braving the Atlanta traffic numerous times! She did volunteer work for both of our son’s businesses, a local church, and even shadowed an epidemiologist friend in the hospital one day. Her sister and Granddad had several deep spiritual conversations that were super encouraging to us! Please pray for all three of them to experience God’s grace and wisdom for college, new school for Emilia, and Julie’s parenting in the months ahead.

Illinois Update David met Paul playing basketball (one of David’s passions!). He invited him for dinner where they enjoyed getting to know one another. They had a good discussion about how to know Christ. Pray for Paul to get saved! Stephanie has also been visiting new (they are all new to her!) coffee shops to start friendships and share the gospel - if they don’t know the Lord. If they are believers, she invites them to visit their home for fellowship. David loves his new job at the university and Stephanie started a new year of home schooling their four children.

Virginia Church The saints in Virginia continue to take responsibility for their growth in Christ! The Shirleys remain in touch to show love, encourage their faith, and to pray for them.

Atlanta Church Last Sunday we had a couple visit us for the first time. The husband is the son of our old friends. Danelle remembers spending time with him and his mother when he was a toddler! He contacted me on Messenger to ask for help in his relationship with God. After I shared some verses related to his struggles, I invited him to join our church gathering. They came and he felt safe enough to pour out his heart during the meeting. He was not sure of his salvation. We all listened, asked him questions, and several shared how they came to know Christ to help him understand grace. He confessed his sin and asked Jesus to be his Savior right there! It was amazing and beautiful to see the Holy Spirit at work in his heart using all the saints! Read the verse again at the top of this letter.  “God is really among you!” 

                                        Prayer & Praise

1. Atlanta Church Praise God for His body working together to share the gospel with compassion! Pray for the new couple to make progress in living by faith in God, and for us to love them well.

2. Virginia Church Pray for these believers to develop their own convictions, support one another, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead them, use them, and encourage them. Ask God to give the Shirleys grace and insight on how to minister to them from a distance.

3. Shirleys In Illinois Praise God for David and Stephanie’s heart for others! Pray for Paul to be saved, more new friendships, and people to come to the Lord Jesus through this family.

4. Jasper Please pray for Jasper to be led by God to wisely choose which university to attend.


Yours in Christ’s unchanging love,

Steve & Danelle





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