Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Last Goodbye

I wanted to personally thank everyone that has so lovingly said goodbye in the last few days. It has been a real blessing and comfort to know and see how much we are loved and will be missed. Thanks to all who have come by to pray and to those who brought food, I think we have eaten better this last few days than in the last few weeks. Friday was a huge blessing as Mike had stated before  but from the bottom off our hearts thank you to all that participated. This will be our last stateside post for some time as we leave tonight. We are all packed up and ready to go all our luggage is in the van awaiting transpo. We greatly covet the prayers of the saints lifting us as a family and a ministry. There are so many areas we need prayer but just to name a few that will be fairly constant for the first three months and that is adaptation; to a new culture, lifestyle, parenting, language, education; for myself and our kids, and the ministry that we will doing teaching kids and building relationships near our new home. As more specific prayers arise they will be posted here so please check atleast weekly. That is about the frequency we will be able to update our info....until then May The Lord Richly Bless You, our dear friends and family.

                                                                                              Joe and Family

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Nelson Home

Hi gang,

Here are some photos of the home that the Nelsons will be living in during their tenure in the Philippines.

Remember to keep them in your prayers as they go about the Lord's business!!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Schedule of Events

Hi Gang,

This is Mike and I wanted to give you the latest and greatest information concerning the "marching orders" for Joe and Sarah as they prepare to embark on their journey to the Philippines.

Joe will be going back to school once they get settled in. He will be a student in the Calvary Chapel U-Turn For Christ School of Ministry in Eastern Samar. This will continue for at least the first three months of their stay. He will also be assisting with the aquaponics program. It is a cost-efficient program that could produce a yield of three or four crops per year that will supplement the church and school.

One of Joe's main duties will also be to perform physical upkeep of the facilities on the East Coast. This will be in addition to the spiritual duties already mentioned. He will be working closely with Pastor Bong on various projects.

Also, for the first three months, Joe will be serving as the youth assistant teacher at the church in Lalawigin in E. Samar.

Sarah will be teaching the children English instruction through the bible twice each week. She will also be assisting CC U-Turn For Christ Lalawigin with the Children's Ministry at Sunday School during the worship service.

At the end of the three months there will be an evaluation and then Joe may be moving into a teaching position with the School of Ministry and possibly teaching through the gospels in English.

That is the schedule thus far. Joe and Sarah would also like to extend a very heart-felt THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the "Thanksgiving Dinner." It was a wonderful time of food, fellowship, and testimonies. We stayed for four hours and listened to a number of people sharing about their lives and about how Joe and Sarah have touched them and influenced them over the years. Many tears were shed as people reflected on the past and also contemplated the future as we prepare to see Joe and Sarah off this coming Tuesday, Oct. 26th. Their flight actually leaves at about 1 AM early Wednesday morning and so we'll be bringing them to the airport and seeing them off late Tuesday evening.

As updates come in, we'll be sure to keep you all abreast of things. Please keep the Nelson family in your prayers. It's an exciting time and yet big moves like this always bring stress into our lives. Pray that the Lord's perfect peace would accompany them each day and that He would place His angels around them and protect them and bless their every step.

Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you!!

Mike on behalf of Joe and Sarah

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tonights fundraiser

Thank you to all who attended, helped, cooked, or thought about any of the three and anything I missed. There is now a link to our blog through sheppsstaff.org as well as the church website calvaryvallevista.org. Follow us a stay in the loop!