The Nelson Family has deep ties to the country of Guatemala, beginning in the year 2006 when we first pursued adoption. Two of our four children were born in Guatemala and came home in 2008, at the age of 13 months, to complete our family! We have had the honor of returning to their birth country on several occasions with mission teams.


 Our biggest blessing of 2021 is to move to Antigua, Guatemala and reside there for one year! 


We plan to homeschool Grace and Luka and spend the rest of our time serving with El Amor de Patricia! Kirk, Shelley, Luka and Grace will work alongside our incredible staff to serve the needs of the children at the hogar (children's home) and in the impoverished village of Yalu! El Amor has built an English Immersion school in Yalu with a community education center and coffee farm. 


Meanwhile, Sam (age 26) and Samantha (fiance) will hold down the fort in Minnesota residing in our home and caring for pets! Kristine (age 23) continues her work with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and will leave in September for her second time to South Africa.


We are so grateful to everyone for their prayers and support! 


Thank you for the bottom of our hearts.

Kirk, Shelley, Sam, Samantha, Kristine, Luka and Grace


1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."