The Nielsen Family

Prayer Update ~ October 8, 2020

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Lake Chapala, Mexico!

We hope this letter finds you well.

In the dark and risky days of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Today, many of us are facing trials, unlike anything we ever expected just one year ago. The COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of loved ones,  political and social upheaval,  job losses, social isolation, the closure of churches, the fear of a Socialist takeover–on and on goes the list.

There are so many issues at hand in all of our lives. Besides the pandemic, the United States of America is facing the most crucial election since 1860. We are in a civil war and so much is on the line next month!  I believe with all my heart that God is up to something. He wants to bring revival and reformation. But as always, there is resistance. As we study scripture, it is clear that none of God’s blessings are automatic. They come with a price. Jesus paid the price but God still calls us to stand in the gap through prayer to see the full fruition of God’s purposes on earth.

What to do? We must turn our hearts to the Lord. So many precious passages in the Psalms of David come to mind:

“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
    fulfill your vows to the Most High,
and call on me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:14-15)

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies…

In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came before him, into his ears.” (Psalm 18:3,6)

We as a family were so blessed to participate–through live stream–with “The Return,” the Washington DC  Prayer focus on September 26th. No doubt many of you did as well. What a powerful time it was! If you didn’t have a chance to participate, you can pull down the link HERE.

John Wesley once said:

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”

Let’s keep praying, saints! And BE SURE to vote! If anyone reading this newsletter is still on the fence because you aren’t sure which candidate’s personality you like the most, we would encourage you to vote the issues! There is no issue more important in our generation than the life of the unborn We have included a video clip by Lou Engel, a mighty man of God who has been instrumental in advancing prayer across the nation.

Our Family Crisis

We just received the news this week that our 20-year-old daughter, Destiny Rose, has experienced a mental collapse. We are not sure if it is a result of some specific trauma or simply the culmination of stress. Whatever the cause, our daughter Lauren and her husband Rudy drove down to Laredo and admitted her into the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Tests show no drugs and the CT scan came out normal. The problem is she is acting incoherent, has experienced bouts of memory loss, and the psychological evaluation denotes severe depression. As you can imagine, we are devastated, crying out to God for His deliverance.

Destiny has been active in a thriving youth ministry and has been carrying a full load of on-line studies at Texas A & M International University. We are not sure what happened, but we have begun plans to take a road trip to Texas in a few days to see if we can sort things out. We are awaiting funding for the trip. Please remember Destiny and our whole family in your prayers.

Remember: you can Submit A Prayer Request  to us directly which we will post on our LightHouseNetwork Prayer Wall.

May the Lord bless and keep you…

In His Mighty Grip,


John and Stasia

Please pray for Destiny’s complete healing and restoration!

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