Nelly, a native of France, grew up in a covenant home and claimed the promises of the gospel while in her teens. She obtained her diploma in social work. She met her future husband, David when they served with Operation Mobilization. Then they became involved with Arab World Ministries in campus evangelism and in discipleship with people from a Muslim background for 10 years. After, they joined Mission to the World they moved to Lyon in 1998. In May 1999, David went to be with the Lord, unexpectedly. Nelly chose then to remain on the field. She currently serves in Marseille.