"Bread" for Guy & Julie
Organized by: Dieter Scholz
Guy & Julie - Final Update
November 20, 2016
UPDATE 11/12/2016 Dear Friends, 99% of the work is complete on the Nelson home. Thank you so much for all the monetary donations, the materials donated, and all the incredible labor! Most of the work was done within 3 weeks. The results are amazing! I have added a few before pictures to the left. Use the arrows to cycle through them. The best way to see the "after" is to view this video at the link below. I will try to get it loaded directly in this website as well.
Thank you again for all your efforts and sacrifices. Many worked long hours to make it possible. This project clearly had God's blessing and it was a joy to be part of it.
“Cast your bread on the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Give a share to seven or even to eight, for you do not know what disaster will occur on the earth.” (Ecclesiates 11:1,2)
If you have found this website it is because, like me, you know and love Guy and Julie Nelson. Likely you have heard of their recent trouble and want to help in some way. Please let me provide some background so you understand the situation a little better.
As you know, Guy and Julie have been very active for many years in Jehovah's organization. They have worked tirelessly in the RBC. If you have any concrete less than 25 years old at your Kingdom Hall in the southern half of Minnesota, it probably has the Nelson's finger prints all over it – as well as a piece of their heart since they really put their heart into their work. Additionally, for many years they spent a month or months at Bethel, both in the United states and at other Branches and missionary homes outside the USA. Julie's unique set of occupational therapy skills and training ability has helped many of our dear older full-time servants and the support staff that care for them. If you visit Bethel and talk to anyone that works in the infirmary, mention Julie Nelson and you will be amazed at the response.
Needless to say, their RBC work and the Bethel volunteer work has all been done at their own expense. They are always glad to contribute in that way.
Locally, the Nelson's have been very self sacrificing. Julie pioneered for many years and Guy has pioneered as well. Their zeal for the ministry has been exemplary. They have helped many in our congregation in various ways: assistance with building projects, support in the ministry, shepherding, and always encouragement. They are always generous with smiles and personal interest.
So now for the trouble: For more than 10 years Guy has suffered from a kind of incurable blood cancer (essential thrombo cythemia that progressed to mylo fibrosis – Google it for details). He has not let it slow him down much, but it has taken its toll on him. Nearly 2 year ago Guy was diagnosed with a another cancer. It was a tumor in his throat. The tumor was treated successfully with radiation and chemotherapy earlier this year. While the cancer is gone (at least for now), he was left with an ulcer in his throat that is incredibly painful and very slow to heal. This has been present for some months. It makes it difficult or impossible for him to even speak and he cannot eat food. He has been on a feeding tube during his cancer treatment and since he has had this ulcer.
Because of the cancer and the subsequent consequences, he has not worked for about 2 years. Additionally, there have been significant medical bills as you can imagine. The blood cancer will require treatment until the New World. The shortage of income and the medical bills has resulted in some financial difficulty. Medical insurance for someone recovering from cancer is very expensive! Julie has done all she can working secularly and the Nelsons have continued to be as self sufficient as possible.
At this time they need to sell their home and move to an apartment to continue being self sufficient. However, their home needs some work to get it ready to sell and they do not have the funds or ability right now to do that work. Many skilled brothers and sisters have volunteered to assist in the work without charging the Nelsons for the labor. The supplies for the work are not free though. This is where we can help. The cost to bring the house up to salable standards may be $10,000 or more. There is some urgency as they move to their apartment on Dec. 1. The work on their house has already started and the majority of it will be done Oct. 30 – Nov. 6.
You will note that there is no monetary goal associated with this funding site. In part, that is because we do not know the total cost of the work to be done. Additionally, if the contributions exceed the cost of the actual construction materials, any 'excess' funds can be used to help pay for Guy's past, present and future medical expenses. The Nelson's are very appreciative and certainly would not squander anything contributed.
The scripture at Ecclesiastes 11:1, 2 quoted at the outset certainly applies to brother and sister Nelson. For years they have 'cast their bread upon the waters' by their incredible generosity in so many ways. They have helped far more than 'seven or eight'. Now in their time of need we can send some 'bread' back to them. (See w77 12/1 p. 732 What Did the Wise Man Mean?)
Please note that the Nelson's did not suggest or ask for this funding site in any way. In fact, it took some persuasive reasoning to get their permission to create it. But many brothers and sisters were asking how they could contribute to help them. Like me, many do not have construction skills but we still want to assist in some way. And one way many of us 'unlettered and ordinary' (in a construction sense) can help is with $$. This site was created because of these requests. Thank you for your generosity. You can be confident that whatever you contribute will go to good use.
UPDATE: 10/24/2016 - WOW! Thank you all for your generous contributions so far. In addition the actual cash, some are donating construction materials, which do not show up in the total shown on this page but really contribute to the effort. Guy and Julie want all of you to know how much they appreciate your generosity and kindness. They are deeply affected. Not only has this aided in a material way, it has provided a great emotional and spiritual boost that is worth far more than the contributions themselves. They have never felt more loved by their friends and by Jehovah.