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Thank you so much for being a vital part of what God is doing in our lives in Odessa. We want you to know that we cherish your participation and are deeply grateful for this expression of kindness. We are very humbled and encouraged by all that this means to us and what it means in light of the Eternal Gospel. We strongly desire to give ourselves wholly over to Christ’s mission. That the nations might worship Him! Again, thank you!

Please let us know if your situation changes and after making a monthly commitment to team up with us you are no longer able to do so.

Here we will provide you with a few clarifying instructions to avoid any possible hang ups or misunderstandings in how to go about giving. “Project Odessa Life” is the name we use for our blog, and is symbolic of the vision we have for Odessa and Ukraine. It is not an officially registered ministry name, although perhaps it may become this in the future. “International Messengers” is the name of the missions organization umbrella we are under. is an online service which serves various missions agencies and ministries. They are similar to a Paypal, only more for ministries and non-profits, and slightly more expensive. I do not recommend giving this way. Many people seem to prefer it, despite the high transaction fee. I understand that giving online has it’s conveniences.

All contributions go into an account at International Messengers. They pay us a predetermined monthly allowance we’ve budgeted out according to our monthly cost of living. Everything is allotted and carefully budgeted. These monthly allowances begin when we begin our internship in July and continue as long as we remain missionaries, and God continues to provide. Our intent, wills fully submitted should anything change, is to serve as missionaries all our life. Please consider small monthly gifts as opposed to large one time gifts.

Support sent directly to International Messengers has a 13% fee deducted for taking care of all the office work. This is normal for most missions agencies. Giving through has an additional 4% taken for the transaction. At the end of the month sends a check to International Messengers. It is important our personal names are indicated on the donation and that it is sent to International Messengers, so it goes into the correct account.

Please consider printing the accompanied form for monthly auto withdrawal and mail it in to the office. It is the most convenient way of giving, as you don’t have to remember to write a check and send in a stamped envelope each month and you avoid the extra fee.

So you can be in the know, the bulk of our living expenses goes to taxes, tithe, giving, ministry expenses, saving (if possible), mandatory health insurance, rent, utilities, food, other miscellaneous items we need to survive, and a healthy, frugile, amount for a date or two, and occasional entertainment. If, by God’s grace He should provide more than we need, the extra funds will be put towards savings, for things like missions, outreach, church building, or translation projects. We strive, by God’s grace and to His glory, to steward every area of our lives with excellence, live simply, remain accountable and transparent in all doings, and protect our hearts from covetousness, the love of wealth, or excess stuff. We are solely dependent on God’s provision through his people, with a ready willingness for tent-making if needs be, so your gift really counts, with unending ramifications.

There are a few options for how you can give:


SEND TO: International Messengers, PO Box 618, Clear Lake, IA 50428

Make checks payable to International Messengers.

Be sure to indicate, by name, who it is for, and leave a return address for a tax deductible receipt to be sent.


Simply fill out the form at this link and mail it in to International Messengers along with a voided check. FORM


Donations made through are safe and secure. Donors will receive a receipt from JustGive for tax purposes. Designate gift to International Messengers for Jacob and Valeriia Nelson. Being as giving through has an additional 4% taken for the transaction, please consider giving by way of the above form.




Thank you for involving yourself in God’s global work in this way! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Grace and peace multiplied!

Giving is going!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19