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“Go Therefore…” Matthew 28:19a

We began to meet with the local church in the late 1970's. Having grown up in Christian homes, my husband and I both had been saved in our teen years. But the enjoyment of Christ was something we had never experienced until we contacted the believers in the local church in Chicago. Calling upon the name of the Lord (Isaiah 12:3, Romans 10:12), prayerfully reading over the Word (Ephesians 6:17-18), and a meeting with other believers helped us grow in God's organic salvation (Romans 5:10).

At a Labor Day conference in 1997, a speaker encouraged those there to seek the Lord's desire for our lives. His words, “be sendable and movable" were hard to ignore. So we began to consider before the Lord what His desire for us might be.

During that time, we began visiting the church in Iowa City monthly, where our daughter attended college. Each time we visited, our love for the believers in that city grew. After six months of visiting, we saw a house for sale five doors away from the meeting hall. We consummated the purchase that same weekend. Six months later, we moved in.

After 20 years in a large city, the Lord thrust us out into fields that were white and ready for harvest (Luke 10:2,3). We are here to cherish and nourish the college students, to serve the children, to preach the Gospel in season and out of season, to stand with and support the elders, and to be built up with all the believers into a dwelling place of God in Spirit (Ephesians 2:22). The Lord has given us a way to enjoy our rich Christ in resurrection: by saying amen to His Word, we "go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).

Sue and Bob Nelson

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