DAILY NEWS photo by Christine Weber
Pastor James Scott of Hyattville traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 9 to share the gospel during the National Finals Rodeo. The program centers around individuals sharing the spotlight for three minutes on how Christ changed their lives.
Hyattville pastor speaks
at National Finals Rodeo
By Christine Weber
HYATTVILLE — Pastor James Scott was in his true element Monday
when he spoke at the National Finals Rodeo at the Alexis Hotel
and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
A cowboy first, Scott passed along a unique program of only three minutes in length. He wasn’t alone in this program. Several individuals from North and South Dakota were also present sharing how Christ changed their lives.
“It all started two years ago,” said Scott. “I regularly travel to Sturgis, S.D., during the bike rally and witnessed several bikers talking about Christ. I told them I wanted to take their story to Vegas.”
Scott passed along the information to the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention and folks at the convention had never heard this type of story...let alone from bikers.
“When you finally surrender yourself to Jesus, he can take you places you’ve never been,” said Scott. “I gave my life to the Lord in 1995, but started living my life for the Lord 10 years ago.”
Scott never planned to be a minister, but that all changed when he surrendered his plan to Jesus.
“I love to motivate people and encourage them,” said Scott. “I’m not talking about a religion but a relationship. I’m just planting seeds for Jesus.”
Becky Hernandez, part of the Friends of Kely and Troy Nelsen committee, stands next to the Homak pro series combo that will be raffled off to help pay medical expenses for Kely Nelsen who has West Nile disease. The Homak chest which comes complete with a cart can be seen at NAPA Auto Parts in downtown Worland. Tickets are $10 each or $50 for six and can be purchased through one of Worland’s local volunteer firemen or by calling Hernandez, 431-1330. Drawing will be Dec. 20 with the winner announced in the Northern Wyoming Daily News.
Friends of Kely and Troy Nelsen hold raffle
By Christine Weber
WORLAND — The friends of Kely and Troy Nelsen are rallying
around the couple after learning of Kely’s diagnosis of West
The 36-year-old woman and mother of a three-year-old boy was diagnosed with West Nile over four months ago. She hasn’t been able to work since Sept. 18 and is in danger of losing her medical benefits, according to co-worker Becky Hernandez and part of the Friends of Kely and Troy Nelsen committee.
Kely Nelsen developed encephalitis and was bedridden at the beginning of the diagnosis. She now suffers from horrible headaches, fatigue and is extremely sensitive to noise.
Kely Nelsen is employed with the Driver’s License Bureau. State employees have donated vacation and sick leave in order for Kely to keep her medical benefits.
“State employees can only donate up to 16 hours per calendar year and Kely was three hours short in December,” said Hernandez. “An employee must have 80 hours of work time each month in order to qualify for medical benefits. It will cost Kely $1,600 to purchase these benefits.”
To help Kely with her medical expenses, the Friends are raffling off a 41” Homak pro series combo with cart. The chest can be seen at Napa Auto Parts. Tickets are $10 each or $50 for six and can be purchased through one of your local volunteer firemen (Troy Nelsen’s co-workers) or Hernandez at 431-1330. The drawing will be on Friday, Dec. 20 and ticket holders need not be present. The winner will be announced in the Northern Wyoming Daily News.
One in five infections results in West Nile fever, according to the Web site WebMD. Once considered a relatively mild illness, the CDC now says people with West Nile fever can be quite ill for quite a long time. Some develop meningitis, others become paralyzed, many more die.
“I don’t know the ending to this story,” said Dena Bower, part of the Nelsen Friends. “I can’t wrap my arms around nothing.”
Kely Nelsen is currently under the care of a Riverton neurologist. She told her friend and co-worker Becky Hernandez, “I’m not going to give up.”
It’s that positive attitude that can truly help in her healing process. In the meantime, her friends are behind her 100 percent and fighting right along with her.