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Rafiki Foundation  |  God's Word at Work

Andrea and Scott Nelson

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Andrea and Scott Nelson

Serving In: Ghana
External ID: 226

Andrea and Scott Nelson have been servants at the Rafiki Village Ghana since 2015. Currently, Andrea is the Orphan Care Administrator. Scott is the Village Administrator, Plant Manager, and Finance Manager. God guided the Nelsons to the Rafiki Foundation after they read an interview with Rosemary Jensen in Tabletalk Magazine. 

The couple believed in Rafiki's commitment to in-depth Bible study, the discipleship of orphans and national workers, Reformed theology, and classical education. Specifically, Andrea was excited to see on the Rafiki website that there was a need for artists in Rafiki Villages. When the Nelsons came across Rosemary’s interview, they were considering missions work for after their children, Grace and Ian, were grown. God revealed to the couple through a short-term trip to the Rafiki Village Kenya that they could take their whole family to a Rafiki Village. Living in Africa has given Andrea a deeper appreciation for life. It has also helped her slow down and take time to engage with those around her. For Scott, living in Africa has helped him grow in having patience and showing compassion.

Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and gained almost a decade of production experience at the Boeing Company in Seattle. He then completed courses in the medical field and worked as a medical assistant at a pediatric clinic for four years. He also worked as a laboratory analyst at a beverage production facility. Andrea has a BFA in Communication Design. She was a designer in a marketing design company before working in Christian book publishing. After building up a list of freelance clients, she started her own design company, which she managed for seventeen years before entering the field. 

Andrea and Scott have two children, Grace and Ian. Before moving to Ghana, they were homeschooled through a classical curriculum. Over the years at the Village, they have enjoyed a mixture of educational experiences: partly at home, partly at the Rafiki Village School, and partly through internet courses. Now, as a high school student, Ian attends online classes through the Veritas Scholars Academy in preparation for university studies in the U.S. He hopes to pursue training in mechanical engineering. Grace has completed high school and will begin a degree program in nursing. They are walking examples of young people who love to learn!

Prayer Topics

DAILY — Focus on God: Please pray we would rely on God’s strength and wisdom. (Prov. 3:5-6, 2 Cor. 12:9-10)
SUNDAY — Worship: Please pray our time at worship would be pleasing to God and refreshing to our souls. (Heb. 12:28, 29)
MONDAY — Fruitful Ministry: Please pray for the Rafiki children, that they will grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and they would be bright lights shining for God’s glory. (Matt. 5:14)
TUESDAY — Family: Please pray that our family devotions would be rich and that we would be joyful as our family serves in Ghana. Also pray for our family in the U.S. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
WEDNESDAY — Relationships, Communication, and Team Unity: Please pray there would be unity among the missionary team and with the national workers. (Psalm 133) Also, pray we would be clear and careful with our words. (Prov. 25:11, Eph. 4:29)
THURSDAY — Thankfulness: Please pray we will remember all the ways in which God has blessed us and that it is a privilege to serve as missionaries in Ghana. (Colossians 3:17)
FRIDAY — Flexibility & Obedience: Please pray we would be able to adapt to all the challenges we face and seek to glorify God in all that we do. (Ps. 40:8, Rev. 4:11)
SATURDAY — Faith & Peace: Please pray that we rest and rejoice in God’s providential plans. (Phil 4:4-7)
Andrea and Scott Nelson