Greg and Debbie are currently in transition and planning to move to the Seattle, Washington area this year. They formerly served in Crewe, England for over eleven years, working in areas of youth, children’s ministry, discipleship, local outreach, schools work, prayer ministry, and church work. They also assisted in planting a new church in 2010.
In 2013, Greg and Debbie began praying about a new mission field they felt God put on their hearts: Seattle, Washington. According to internet sources, the Pacific Northwest has the lowest church attendance and the highest percentage of atheism in the US. While Seattle has much to offer in way of beauty, culture, and business, the city’s spiritual climate is very dark. A few churches exist, and Christianity has very little influence.
Drug abuse, human trafficking, and homelessness are rampant in Seattle. Seattle is also considered to be one of the most liberal and progressive cities in the US. This is the mission field Greg and Debbie feel God calling them to. Even in a spiritual dark area there are hungry hurting people.
Greg and Debbie particularly hope to reach out to university students and immigrants. With multiple colleges and universities in the city, Seattle apparently has one of the nation’s highest percentages of graduates. Like Crewe, Seattle is very multicultural. Though, statistically, Seattle is predominantly white, there is a large, growing population of people from Asia, particularly China, Philippines, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea. They’ve also been told that there is a large population of immigrants from Russia and Ukraine.
There are many opportunities to reach out to the people in the Seattle area. Greg and Debbie wish to see a spiritual awakening in Seattle and beyond. They want to see people repent of their sins, open their hearts to Jesus, be set free from bondages, find healing, and grow into strong disciples of Jesus. Their goal is to glorify Jesus and change lives.
Please keep the Nissen family in your prayers as they transition to Seattle, and pray that the right doors will open for missionary work in that region of the US.