Meet the Nelson family and hear Mrs. Nelson's journey from preschool mom to faithful preschool teacher:
My name is Sheli Nelson. I am a Pre-k teacher at BCS. I have been teaching here for two and a half years. My family consists of my husband of 25 years, Rex, my son, Brett (20) and my son, Jared (17). As I reflect on my faith journey, I am reminded the way God tends to catch our attention in many different ways. God caught my attention years ago through my then 3 year-old eldest son. In 2000, I met a woman and her young daughter at a local park. This woman invited me to attend a Mother’s of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting. I was not sure what to expect and I was hesitant because I had minimal knowledge of God, but I was open to meeting new people with small children. The next week, I put on my brave pants and decided to attend. The meeting went well and my son, Brett had a wonderful time. Week after week, we attended this amazing group. During this time, I had no idea that God was working on me and my son.
After every meeting, Brett would come home and ask questions about God. Questions I did not know how to answer, like: “Who is Jesus?”, “Why did Jesus die on the cross?”, Why do we not pray?” and “Can we go to church?”. These questions were being placed on my heart at the same time, but I pushed them aside. My son, however, was not as easily satisfied. My curiosity and desire to answer my son’s questions sparked my husband and I to find answers. The process of finding answers began with the journey of searching for a church that could help us learn and grow. In 2002, our family found a church home at Monument Presbyterian Church. On May 18, 2003 our family was baptized into the kingdom of God. It was one of the best days of my life. As I reflect on my life before becoming a believer in Jesus, I can see how God orchestrated my journey all the way back to my childhood. He did this by bringing people into my life that planted many seeds of faith in me. But it wasn’t until God caught my attention through my 3 year old son’s child-like curiosity that I professed my own faith in Christ as an adult. I praise God for this gift every day!
“We are called to a have child-like faith.” Mark 10:15
Thank you to the Nelsons for sharing their journey and to Mrs. Nelson for being a special part of the Bookcliff family and faithfully teaching our children!