Special Financial & Prayer Update | April 2012 | Project Odessa Life

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In next months update we will return to our regular update style, and plan to officially and publicly thank everyone for all their generosity and hospitlaity in helping us out on this trip. It is remarkable how God has taken care of us through all of your service and we have been blessed to meet so many remarkably blessed people!

Our missions presentation meetings have been going very well! Listen to me speaking on Palm Sunday at Calvary Chapel Woodland here:


We still have three more weeks to go with quite a few meetings left. Please pray for our upcoming meetings as we now have less than three weeks left before I return to Ukraine!


This month we are taking a break from the usual monthly updates because it seems it would be a good time to bring some clarification of our ministry need and goals. We would like to send out a gentle reminder to everyone who has committed to being apart of this in a financial way, by taking one of our information packets we provided when we met, that it is necessary for us to have those in as early as possible.

And if you like you can take a look at our rendition of

“Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus”


Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus | Remixed, Uncut & Raw | Spoken Word

Scroll to the bottom for this months prayer requests.

-Taxes $209.92 (Claiming 1 exempt. Overhead and Health Ins. is not taxed)
-Tithe $197.50 (10% of salary)
-Savings/Invest $200 (10%)
-I.M. $325 (13%)
-Health Insurance $200
-Rent & Housing $450
-Food $300
-Other $617.58

TOTAL $2,500

Other includes:

-Other bills
-Cat Food & Litter

Not including (to be partially covered by the extra $5,000 above the minimal $30,000 annual need)

-Education/Book Allowance
-Ministry Expenses
-Future Work/Church Plant
-Return trips to the U.S.

We plan tentatively to come to the U.S. every 3 or 4 years.

Our rent is $350/month and the rest is housing bills. It is Ukraine, so it is possible this could go up without much warning. We need to raise $2,900-3,000/month in order to reach our annual goal. Our monthly income (or minimal need) is $2,500.

Monthly Need $2,500 (minimum)

Annual Goal $35,000 (minimum)


We received last month a total of $3,352, including one time gifts. However, please don’t make the mistake of thinking we dont need any more givers, when in fact we still need a lot more faithful monthly supporters.

We have a team of 80-90 people who have said they would support us, although this number seems to be growing almost daily, the actual number of people who give any given month to this point has been anywhere from 5-10 people each month, so unless these numbers become actual givers instead of potential givers we may not reach our monthly need. Please consider being a part of our faithful monthly support team. Last month we received $3,352.87 but $2,945 of that was in one time gifts and is largely due to the fact I am here in the U.S. in person. Once, in Ukraine we hope to have a team of faithful givers.

In March we received $407 in monthly gifts, which is about what we have been receiving for the last 3-4 months, $400-500. This means it hasn’t actually shown an increase at all since we started working in the U.S. building a financial support team.


Although God has blessed us with some substantial one time gifts, because of traveling, and helping Lera live back home, we are actually in debt $3,470 (plus interest) with forthcoming travel expenses through Southern California and Arizona and have $2,874.05 in the bank (so technically we are in debt $595.95). Additionally we need to raise a total of $3,500 to live for May and June before we begin receiving support through International Messengers in July.

So to be fully supported we need to raise $4,500, plus an additional regular $2,100 (minimum)/month in monthly gifts (unless God continues to provide through one time gifts), with an additional $5,000/year.

I think a good portion of our monthly team just haven’t got a chance to send their packets in yet.


Currently the Lord has provided us with $6,296.80 in our I.M. account.

After overhead and ministry expenses we have $4,086.27.

At the current rate we will have enough for maybe 4-5 months of ministry before we go further into the red. As you can imagine, it is much better to stay ahead.

Praise be to God we trust our provision to the Living God and wait upon Him!

“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!”

Psalm 37:3-7


To join the faithful monthly financial team of Project Odessa Life click here:


Made checks payable to International Messengers and indicate it is for Jacob and Valeriia Nelson.

Send to:

International Messengers
PO Box 618
Clear Lake, IA 50428



1. Please pray for our upcoming meetings in the U.S. before I fly home May 1st and for abundant financial provision for this ministry.

2. Please pray for the lost in Odessa and Ukraine. Missions exist because worship doesn’t.

3. Please pray for everything to be worked out with the owner of our new flat regarding needed ammenities in the apartment.

4. Please pray for the planning of our our upcoming English Camp in July.

5. Please pray for the president and future president of the United States and the upcoming election.

Thank you so much and God bless your April! Let us know how we can pray for you!

Much love,
Jacoby & Lera



If you live in the So Cal area be sure to visit us at one of our upcoming missions presentations!


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