We’re writing this month from a very snowy Port Orchard, WA. It has been over a month now since we were given the opportunity of renting our new home. We don’t know what the future holds for us with this house, since we’re on a 6-month lease, but we’re so grateful and happy to be here in Washington! Port Orchard is a nice town across the Puget Sound from Seattle. We have easy access to the city, but we have the blessing of much less traffic to contend with!
After Christmas, we drove our moving van and one car to Washington—a 4-day trip. After a week of acquiring the most necessary furniture and appliances and unpacking some needed kitchen items, we flew back to Missouri to pick up the kids. This time we took 5 days to drive our other car—a very long but easy trip. The kids were very excited to see their new home.
During the past month, we’ve mostly focused on slowly unpacking boxes, arranging rooms, and trying to acquire more needed furniture (we came with very little). We also registered to vote, changed our car plates and driver’s licenses, got a library card, and took in our letter of intent to homeschool (required in WA). Now, even though our house is still a wreck from continued unpacking, we feel like we’re official Washington residents. We waited for over two years for it to happen, and it finally has!
Greg has also been working on making ministry contacts on this side of the city. We’ve attended two churches—one here in Port Orchard and one in Tacoma. In both places, we’ve talked to people who are interested in what we’re here for. Both churches are mission and outreach-minded, so we’re working on making good connections for doing mission work in the area. Seattle itself has so many needs, but even Tacoma and Port Orchard have opportunities for outreach. We’ve been told, for instance, that the homeless problem is increasing even here in Port Orchard. When we talk to people at church, they all agree that the need in Washington is very real.
We recently walked around downtown Port Orchard, and Greg ended up witnessing to a pirate. You read that right…a pirate! Actually, he was dressed up as a pirate as part of a group that does it for entertainment purposes. Unfortunately, we didn’t think to ask him for a photo (that would have been cool), but the conversation was good. He believes in God and Jesus, but he takes issue with parts of the Bible that don’t fit the world’s ideology of the current times. Still, he appreciated Greg taking the time to talk things out in a respectful manner, and we hope a seed was planted.
Please be praying with us for two things in particular: 1) that we can make the right contacts for ministry opportunities, both locally and in Seattle/Tacoma and 2) for our finances. We moved here by faith—faith that God will supply the money for the move itself (cost of the trip, the moving van, and buying what we need for our house) and to continue living here (rent, other living expenses). It’s definitely not cheap. We desperately need an increase, but we believe God orchestrated this whole move. He will supply!
The Nissen family
About Greg & Debbie Nissen
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.