The Nelson Clan

The Nelson Clan

Saturday, January 17, 2015

World Race and Exciting News

Up and running again sorry for the delay

I bet you all thought I forgot and fell off the map again... NOPE, still here, busy as ever. As promised I wanted to give a brief update in regards to what has been happening over the last month or so.

Over the last few months we have been in contact with World Race, a missions organization that puts young adults on the missions field for 11 months at a time. With the team members being in a 11 countries in 11 months. We have been approved as a Host ministry, and hosted our first team this November. The team was made up of 6 girls. Not exactly what we were expecting or had prepared for really but that is what the Lord had in mind, not our plans but Yours O Lord. Although not what we had expected, everything turned out wonderfully.Due to the fact it was an all girl team it actually opened up the doors for ministry I should not, actually cannot do. A majority of their time was spent on Bangla Road, the local red light district, in the bars ministering to and loving the bar girls. For obvious reasons not a ministry I can do. Sarah was able to go on several occasions and began to make contacts there for future ministry. While the team was here the Lord also opened the door wide for the University ministry. We made weekly, almost daily trips to the Uni to teach English and have a great time with the students there. Again we have many new contacts within the University that we are currently working with on a regular basis, as we build relationships towards the Gospel. It was really nice having the girls around, both for us and the kids, the kids don't get much English fellowship and the girls really felt the Lord leading them to encourage the kids, praise the Lord, they really need it. Thank you Lord for the World Race team and we look forward to hosting more

Ministry at the University has been slow going but we were blessed with the opportunity to host one of the Professors for Thanksgiving, he joined us and got to experience a Christian Thanksgiving, not only hearing of all the great things the Lord has done in our lives but enjoying some really great traditional Thanksgiving food.

Some other things that had been in the works before the team came were some individual ethnic studies.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, we did an outreach to the Burmese, it is now a weekly fellowship meeting with worship, and teaching, along with a great time of actual fellowship. The original group was about 5, we have seen the Lord draw His people and the last two weeks we have had over 10 in attendance. This study begins at 12:30am and we try to finish before 3am, Yes that is AM. The Lord has also brought some Pakistani asylum seekers into the English fellowship. They have been coming weekly now for several months as the Lord frees their demanding work schedules. Upon talking to them we discovered there are actually more that would like to come but they cannot due to work or other things... But given the opportunity they will attend fellowship. SOOO we have also begun a Pakistani fellowship. Actually as I write this I am preparing to head off to fellowship with them. The Pakistani fellowship has grown to 5 and begins after work on Wednesday, 12:00 am. We generally finish about 2. The Lord is beginning to reveal the leaders in both of these groups already and some real kingdom building desires. Both fellowships will be independent in ministry yet joined as the greater body of Patong International Fellowship.  Please pray for these and other studies we would like to start as the Lord makes a way. In our immediate area we have Russian, Khmer, and Vietnamese, as well as the groups we are already working with and of course Thai.

On a personal note we had a beautiful Thanksgiving with turkey and all the fixins' it was great. For the most part we are all healthy and excited for the work the Lord is doing, as always remember us in your prayers and check back often to stay caught up. If you like you can subscribe and be updated automatically.

Burmese Members at the Christmas Party

World Race Team and the Family

Some Pakistani Members singing at the Christmas Party

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Finally all caught up

I promised one last "Catching Up" post. Sorry it took so long it is hard to get a good picture. The last part of catching up is possibly to biggest, atleast physically. About 6 months ago we had a few friends visiting from both America and the Philippines to assist in the Bible Training Center, both were guest teachers. As many of you know we were blessed with an old truck a while back, during this time, when we had visitors it decided to die. Quite literally. The repairs on the truck were almost $800, an amount we could not afford and also an amount that was becoming rather frequent. The truck although a huge blessing from the Lord, was quickly becoming impossible to keep on the road. We had a very large problem on our hands, guests, no transportation and no money. It is funny when we find ourselves in this position, that is when we are most driven to prayer. The Lord has always been good to us in His perfect provision for all things, and we continued to trust Him in this. Since our arrival in Thailand we have been praying for reliable transportation and we have been mobile almost upon arrival. Not always reliable but in HIS perfect timing all things worked out. As we prayed, especially in times like this, the kids sometimes almost mocked us, by saying things like do you really think God will just give us a "new" car. All the while we just encouraged them to have faith and see just what God had for us. Mind you they were really the ones that suffered the most. In the back of a truck with minimal air flow at best, uncomfortable and like most kids a little embarrassed by the state of the truck. God is SOO amazing! As we really cried out to the Lord in regards to transportation I received a call from a fellow Christian, working and leading a church North of here about 4 hours. He had found a new job, in China, and wanted to know if I wanted his car. If I could make the payments, which I could not, the car was ours. Car check. One step down many to go.  Naturally we began to crunch numbers and really pray that God would make a way, because honestly there was none. We also asked our friends to join us in prayer regarding this opportunity, never did we imagine what God was doing. I dropped our visitors off at the Bible school for the week with a commitment to continue to pray for this. When I went to pick them up they informed us that the Lord had placed it on their hearts, they would commit to make the payments until enough others had partnered with them or we were able to make the payments ourselves. Car Check, monthly payments...CHECK! As we began to find out what else this entailed  we discovered there was considerably more to transfer the loan name change remove old co-signer etc. Next step find a co-signer (Thai national). I wont go into all the details but lets just say God showed up in a huge way. We were able to sell the old truck for just enough to cover the repairs that were made and the transfer fees to  Toyota. As of November 6 we have made 5 payments on THIS....

It is a 1 year old Toyota Avenza. 7 seater. When we received it, it had 8+++ kilometes on the odometer. Do we think the Lord is just going to give us a "new" car.... well no not exactly. But we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt He had something great in store for us. Never could we imagine it would literally be a BRAND NEW CAR!  Now to Him who is able  to do above and beyond all that we ask or think  according to the power  that works in us to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

We thank you for your prayers and continued support.

Coming soon.... World race and New Bible Studies!! Check back often to stay "in the loop"

Monday, October 27, 2014

Flash Forward

There is yet one post in the "Catching up" fashion, however we would hate to be catching up forever! We just wanted to share quickly about two Fridays ago. As we continue to partner in growing Patong International Fellowship, a mostly English speaking congregation, we began to think about the other Ethnicities that live in the area. Here in Patong we are surrounded with many different people groups from South East Asia. We have Vietnamese, Filipino, Cambodian, Laos, Myanmar (Burmese), and of course Thai. Our ministry has really been strictly to English speakers as that is all we can effectively share with, and definitely the only group we would be able to teach and tend to on a more regular basis. So in the course of thinking and praying about how to reach these other groups, we rested on going with what we know, Burmese it is. We have, as most of you know, been ministering both with and to the different tribes from Burma for several years now, and thus have many contacts within the Burmese Christian community. Even some that are free to translate! As a team we (PIF) prayed about doing an outreach to the local Burmese community. We spoke with Pastor Ehkhaw from Calvary Chapel Ban Nam Khem, where we used to live, and he came with a small team to assist. Due to the strict work schedules these dear people hold we decided on holding two, one at 7pm and one at 11pm. This allows those that work regular jobs to come and be reached without having to stay out all night. The rest mostly shop workers could join when they were off work around 11. We prepared for 100 people between the two services and ended up with about 70, Praise the Lord. The outreach consisted of several "Gospel" songs, songs that preach the Gospel, the Gospel, and then a nice meal. As we prepared for the event we were so blessed to have a local business owner donate 20 kilos of fish for the feeding. What a blessing that was to be able to give tuna and sea bass, both of which are beyond most peoples budget, along with chicken, vegetables, and fish sauce. The fish sauce is a cultural dish that cannot really be explained, but if you have ever been here you know what I am talking about. Joe was blessed by the opportunity to share the message both services. The first we ended up with only 1 non-believer while the second was split about 50/50. The whole evening was a huge blessing and actually ended about 2 hours after scheduled, nearly 4am. We have a young Burmese man, Zarni, that will be joining us for the month of November to assist in tending to the group of both believers and non-believers that showed interest in going further. There were about 6 Burmese Christians that have no fellowship to attend and roughly 4 non-believers that heard the Gospel and want to learn more about Jesus and Christianity. Please pray for this all month as you remember, if we can get a group started, Dec we will begin formal services at Patong International Fellowship. We are also hosting a World Race team of 6 girls this November, more info to come on that later.
Nelson Kids Clownin around

Stuff for the Kids

Joe and Pastor Ehkaw sharing the Gospel
Food and good Fellowship