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About Gracehaven

This is the ministry that our brothers at Veritas are supporting through the “She Has a Name” campaign. They could be helped big time with your vote!

Gracehaven seeks through Christian love to provide shelter and rehabilitation to girls under the age of 18 who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and to raise awareness among young women about the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in order to educate and equip them so that they can avoid becoming victims themselves. We are in the process of completing the renovation of a house outside Columbus Ohio where we desire to establish a comprehensive integrated long term rehabilitation program for girls in Ohio who have been victimized by domestic minor sex trafficking. We are seeking this award in order to be able to hire and train the staff necessary to open our house.

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Nilsen Update: Blessings

Now is a very busy time for Bob with many teams coming one right after another, along with combining people from different groups to form a team. As I type, Bob is on the way to the airport to welcome a medical team.

Right now we have 3 medical interns, so they are helping Bob with much of the organization before the team arrives and then the cleanup after they leave. There isn’t much turnover time right now, so Bob’s really appreciating the help. They all have great attitudes and a willingness to serve.

My energy is returning…Praise the LORD. The thyroid med is finally kicking in and I feel so much better. We realized this week that since we have lived in this apartment, I have NOT had the almost perpetual sore throat, swollen glands and muscle aches I had in the former apartment. It feels so wonderful not to be sick and miserable most of the time. I still have a few ‘off’ days but nothing like this winter. Praise God!

This apartment has been such a blessing…especially with the high temps setting in. We usually have a breeze and only use fans at night for sleeping. Now if we could just eliminate the pesky mosquitos that came with the rain a couple weeks ago.!
Our plans are to arrive in Greenville on August 2 and be in the States into the 1st week of October. We both are ready for a break. Of course, reuniting with family will be wonderful. ~that includes our Greenville Grace family!!!!

In His service,
for both of us

Crystal Fourman’s Testimony

All my life I have been searching for something, I didn’t know what. I was always trying to fill this void in my life with everything you can think of from relationships and material things to drugs. Nothing ever satisfied me. It was great for a little while but then the exitement would wear off and I would move on to the next thing. I didn’t realize until this past summer that Jesus Christ was all I ever needed, he filled that void inside of me.What I was searching for was my soul and he alone made me alive inside. I know now that I was spiritually dead in my sin and I needed a Savior. When Jesus went to the cross for me he took my sin with him and I have been forgiven. I am a witness to his resurrection because I feel the Holy Spirit alive inside of me. I no longer have to carry my shame or guilt of my past life because I have been born again In Christ. By the grace of GOD I have been choosen and will someday live eternally with my precious Father in heaven.

Rachel Wright’s Testimony

I’m getting baptized because I believe in Christ and want everyone to know. To me, getting baptized means telling everyone that I love Jesus and want to follow Him. A few months, I was starting to doubt that Jesus was real. I talked to one of my teachers and she said to keep believing. Then, I started praying about it and God helped me to have faith. I believe that Jesus is my Savior and He is the only way to heaven. I believe Jesus had to die for our sins or we would have to die. I also believe Jesus is God’s Son and died and rose three days later. I’m thankful God has given us His grace so, if we believe, we can go to heaven.

Nilsen Update

Bob flies out tomorrow (Wednesday) for the States. His total time in layovers equals his total airtime = 7 hours 50 minutes! Please be in prayer for the connections, safety and his back (it doesn’t like airline seats.)

Friday he heads to Warsaw for his brother’s memorial on Saturday at 4PM. Please be in prayer for this time. Bob is happy (he says Jealous!) that Dennis is in Heaven, but obviously sad that he no longer has his brother here.

I will remain in the DR while he is gone. With the new apartment that the LORD has provided us, I feel comfortable with staying alone.

Thank you for your many emails and prayers!

Bob & Anna Nilsen

Praises from the Dominican Republic!

Bob & Anna Nilsen, Missionaries to the Dominican Republic

Bob has been fighting an infection in his leg, that at one point looked like it had gone into the bone. Praise God, it was not in the bone and Bob was able to incise and drain it. It is now responding to antibiotics and healing nicely. Praise the Great Physician!

Many of you have been praying for Bob’s brother, Dennis, who was diagnosed with cancer a while back. Last night (Saturday) we received word that Dennis had gone home to the LORD. Dennis loved his Jesus and was ready to go…He told Bob a few weeks ago that he would save a seat for Bob when he got there! So Dennis spent his first day in the presence of our Savior today! Praise the Great Redeemer!

Please pray for Bob as he prepares for a memorial service for Dennis in 2 weeks in Warsaw, IN. It most likely will be the weekend of May 7th-8th. Not sure which day yet.

We have a med team arriving the end of this week. Bob will give them their med orientation, go out with them on Monday and then fly to Dayton either Tuesday or Wednesday. He’ll be in the States probably a week. Praise the LORD that we are now in an apartment where I feel comfortable staying while he is gone. Praise the Great Provider!

Lessons from Nehemiah

To all those contemplating ministry,

In the first installment of this study there were many lessons to be learned about being personally involved in reaching a lost world during our time.  The church of Jesus Christ of each generation has responsibility for reaching its own generation.  The present church is struggling by not knowing what is going on in the world.  The present church in the US is struggling to reach the world because we are not beseeching our Father to send forth laborers into His harvest, not praying for our missionaries, and not praying for open doors to reach the lost.  We have not confessed our sins and drunk deeply of the Word of God.  We are not reaching our generation, because we aren’t prepared or developing a plan.   When there is a plan we usually don’t include ourselves in that plan.  Also, much like Jerusalem of old, our churches lie waste and we are a reproach for failing to fulfill the ministry to our own generation.

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Hola! from the Dominican Republic

We arrived home to our apartment Tuesday at midnight. Only one hour later than expected due to storms in Miami. We were tired, but glad to be back.

Wednesday Bob had a new Medical Team to meet at the airport in the afternoon, Thursday we were in the clinic, and today Bob is out with that med team. So, life is back to normal for us~

Thank you to everyone for all of your prayers, esp regarding Bob and his brother Dennis. We will keep you posted on how Dennis is doing.

Thanks also for the encouragment we received from many regarding our recent move. We knew we needed to move for various reasons. Hearing positive statements from so many of you was reassuring and a blessing to our hearts. The LORD has truly blessed us with this new place and we are very thankful!

We love you all and miss you, but it is so good to be home!

for both of us

The Gospel is Proclaimed

The following report was submitted by Timothy Wolfe, missionary with SCORE International to the Dominican Republic.

02/20/11 Sunday

We had our first church service in the new Juan Dolio church. We had a full house! After service, we had baptism in the SCORE pool; there were six baptized this morning.

02/21/11 Monday

Today we were in La Colina, the church of pastor Jonnie. We got off to a slow start as we waited for Blanco to gas up the truck and the bus. Finally we left but there was a mix-up on lunch and we had no sandwiches for the interpreters or SCORE staff; this got straightened up a few hours later. The CWE groups always prepare their own meals as they are afraid of intestinal problems and take no chances. We had many people show up for clinic and the CWE team was efficient for their first day. There were two dental stations, an eyeglass station, three medical stations and three evangelism stations. We had close to 400 people in clinic and everyone had the opportunity to hear the gospel and respond. We saw all of the adults who showed up for clinic and finished at a reasonable time.

02/22/11 Tuesday

We went to a large village south of Consuelo named Angelina. SCORE hopes to start a church there; another Baptist church Consuelo has tried for two years without success. We saw 399 people today in the clinic and everyone was presented the gospel. Some said that they were not interested in receiving Christ and eternal life but 108 people professed Christ. The people were told that a church service would be held in their town in two weeks by the SCORE pastors. The weather was hot today.

02/23/11 Wednesday

Today Evelyn went with the medical team down the street to the new SCORE church. Again they treated and gave the gospel to around 350 people. I spent the morning on a small construction project for the clinic; it will be open tomorrow or general medical while today it was open with an Optometrist and had good business. In the afternoon I helped Jim Dixon with a maintenance project.

02/24/11 Thursday

We went to San Pedro to a neighborhood church called Nueva Palestina. It is the second oldest of pastor Geraldo’s seven churches. It is a quiet neighborhood and started off a little slow, but as the word got out we had around 350 people in clinic by the end of the day. People on the team are getting a little tired and it was a warm afternoon, but we saw everyone who wanted medical attention. Again, everyone was given the gospel.

In the evening we had a SCORE meeting at the Embassy suites. The entire SCORE family was there as testimonies were given and Ron Bishop turned leadership of SCORE over to John Zeller. It was a long evening and we got home late. Several people were very tired as they had worked in ministry all day.

Frank and Stephanie Szymanski’s Testimonies

I do not see my baptism as the end but only the beginning of my journey with Jesus Christ.

Today I confess my sins before my brothers and sisters and before God.  I ask for your guidance in my Christian walk through accountability, wisdom and the word.

For many years I struggled with faith.  I never felt worthy of joining a church community.  Since attending at Grace my life has changed for the better.  I understand now, I am saved by the death of Jesus on the cross.  He died for my sins and his death is my death.  His resurrection is the resurrection of my soul away from eternal death, to eternal life.  I know now that it is by God’s grace alone we are saved.

I observe examples of the man I aspire to be, by observing the men God has placed here to shepherd me.  Just as in Matthew 3, Jesus’ Baptism opened heaven for all mankind; I feel this church community has opened my heart to Jesus as never before.

My sins died on the cross, a debt I can never repay.  I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I ask for Baptism today both for repentance, and as an outward sign of my faith and commitment.

I was raised in a loving home with good, hard-working parents.  My dad took us to the Catholic Church every Sunday.  But when I was 16, I started going to the Bible-believing church.  I continued going there through high school and became very interested in the things of God.  After high school I attended Cedarville.  It was at that time I had been struggling with the question of was I saved?  I wasn’t really sure.  I became convinced that I needed the Lord as my savior and accepted Him.  All these good and right things I had in my life were not enough to save me.  So after the conference, when I was 18 I had accepted Him as my savior from my sin and Him alone.

About twelve years ago, I was baptized by sprinkling in another church I attended.  But now that we have been attending Grace for about three years, I wanted to be baptized by immersion with my husband to follow Christ’s example because it represents His death and resurrection.

Romans 6:3-5 states that, “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?  Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.”

Christ is that newness of life for me.