Thursday, March 29, 2007

Outback Upfront

"What will you do if you are not approved by the Missions Organization and if none of these churches support you?" That was the question that I asked Michael Nelson two years ago as I sat on his ordination council at the Winter Haven Baptist Church. He boldly answered "I am going to Australia to start a church." That was enough for me. His determination to move his family to the other side of the world to start a mission no matter what the personal cost, no matter what level of moral support, prayer support, or financial support. Having grown up as a missionary kid, Michael knows the difficulties and joys of planting churches on foreign soil. It is with that burden that he came to the states to study missions and has been interning at Winter Haven for two years. Presently he is traveling with his wife Tammy as they go from church to church sharing their vision and seeking support for this new mission. He will be sharing his vision with Cornerstone this Sunday during both morning worship services and I pray that God will use him to touch our hearts for missions.


Unknown said...

My wife and I were talking about the Nelsons on the way home. Right now we will be praying daily for there ministry. Sandye was saying that the story about Steve Irwin really touched her. He is just one person, and we can't be sure of his salvation. She says she wants to help in any way she can to reach Australia . Thank you Joel for inviting them in to speak to us.