It’s not news that there’s been some negative attention surrounding the NFL over the past year, but there’s still some good things happening, too. Former New York Jets Wide Receiver David Nelson was back in his hometown of Wichita Falls this morning to speak with the congretation at Evangel Temple Church about his ministry’s mission.
Two years ago, Nelson and his brothers decided to start the organization “I’m Me” to help orphans in Haiti.
“I was blessed with the opportunity to have a loving mom, a loving dad and a beautiful family,” Nelson said. “When I went to Haiti and saw those kids, they didn’t have that. So, me and my brothers made it our mission to go and give them every opportunity to have some kind of family environment.”
“I’m Me” currently has 11 kids that live in a children’s home that the organization has legal guardianship over.
“Right now we’re in fundraising mode to raise funds so we can house more children,” Nelson said. “We just right now don’t have the capacity and the funds to do that.”
On top of feeding and housing orphans in Haiti, Nelson and his brothers have another mission: prevention. “I’m Me” currently affects 375 Haitian kids per day, but there are 165 million orphans in the world. Nelson said he hopes to use job creation and education to decrease the number of orphans on the streets.
“The hardest struggle is believing that I have what it takes,” Nelson said. “A lot of times I’ll start to develop insecurities and the mindset that I’m in way over my head. At the end of the day, I’m like, ‘Who am I to lead this thing?'”
As far as Nelson’s future goes, he says he’s taking it day by day, but he’s excited to see where his path with “I’m Me” takes him.
“I don’t know. I honestly don’t know what’s coming,” Nelson said. “And I find refuge in that. I find peace in that. Two years ago that would have given me extreme anxiety. I am so excited to see the next season of life for Haitians… just to see the direction that they are leading their country into.”
If you’d like to donate to “I’m Me”, you can do so by going to the ministry’s website, www.imme.org.