Everyone has a Story, here is “Ours”
In the year 2010, my wife and I were Power Hour Pastors, for ages 6 – 11. Our sister and brother-in-law were Youth Pastors at the same church, and they asked us to go to Phoenix, Arizona and attend a Pastor’s School with Tommy Barnett.
Our family has a small business, so I didn’t think it was a good time to be away, however my parents (who were also my boss) disagreed with me, and said that they believed Shannon and I should go to the conference. Now during this time going back and forth, my wife had been praying, “God if you want us to go you will have someone pay our way”. Mind you she was praying this not because we needed help, but because she was not comfortable with flying. Not knowing her prayer, my mom reached out to me again about going and I again told her no. She says to me if you guys will go your dad and I will pay your way, so I called my wife and said to her, “you won’t believe this, but my parents just offered to pay our way”. My wife says, “you’re not going to believe this, but I’ve been praying if God wants us to go that He’ll have someone pay our way”. So, I in return said to my wife, “well, I guess we will be going to Phoenix!”
On a day of one of the conference, in the morning session, Pastor Tommy says to everyone that God put on his heart to open a Dream Center, and he goes on to describe all that the Dream Center in Los Angeles does. He also goes on to say, “I know many of you think you’re here for a particular reason, however at lunch today knowing you can go wherever you want to eat, go outside, grab a sandwich and bottled water, and go up as high as you can on Prayer Mountain. Now Prayer Mountain is this big mountain that’s directly behind Phoenix First Assembly. So, that’s just what we did, now during that time of prayer, God told us to go back and open a Dream Center, and we did, the “East Texas Dream Center”.
We started in a little red house, and then God moved us into the Old Montgomery Hospital. One city block, 56,000 square feet, three stories building, over 110 rooms, and 110 bathrooms built in 1938. We’ve been here almost four years (2017). We’ve been blessed to give out over 2 million pounds of food, feed homeless daily, give away thousands of toys to needy kids, clothe those without clothing including socks and shoes, and more important see God change hundreds
of lives of women and their children. Praise God.
This is a small part of our story we wanted to share with you. The East Texas Dream Center takes right at $25,000 monthly to be able to minister to all these different ministries and outreaches. We are asking you to seek God and ask Him how you can help. We cannot do it without people like you. We receive no grants or government funds. Thank you again for your prayers and support.
We would love to share the rest of our story with you and your church, if you would like us to come and share the rest of the story, please contact Shawn Nelson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org