Let it snow! That was us when we saw the first weather forecast for snow early in February. After at least four snowstorms, one right after the other, we got more than we bargained for—measuring around 24 inches at our house! The month of February was rather slow for us, as we were pretty much house-bound. Everything closed down, and our roads weren’t cleared for several days. The snow that hit western Washington was a record-breaking amount. We made the most of it and took plenty of pictures and built a huge snowman. However, we’ve had plenty now, so springtime, please hurry up and get here!
Since coming out of our wintry hibernation, we have been fairly busy. We’re still settling in, and Greg is really focusing on sowing into our work here through prayer. Along with praying at home, he also takes prayer walks around the town of Port Orchard and has plans to do the same in the city of Seattle. We feel strongly that prayer is vitally important to any sort of mission work. It would be next to impossible to do the work of the Lord without taking time to spend time with Him and getting His guidance and wisdom. Prayer was a recognizable theme of Christ. He walked in communion with the Father, doing only what He saw the Father doing. Prayer is like that in many ways, an act of submitting to the will and ways of God over that of our own. In Romans, Paul calls believers to be “devoted to prayer” (Romans 12:12c). So, we devote ourselves to praying over the region we are doing mission work in.
Secondly, we’ve been on a quest to find a home church to work with. We are not lone soldiers, and we need the love and support of other brothers and sisters in the area. We’ve made a few friends at several of the churches we’ve come to know in the Seattle area; however, we were searching for a church that we felt had a similar heart and vision for active outreach and ministry work. All of the churches in this region are valuable when you consider how few there are, and we hope to be able to work with several of them—with a sense of unity among God’s people. We did this with our mission outreaches in Crewe, England, when we were there. Hope Church and several other local churches worked together to spread the Gospel…and continue to do so. What a beautiful thing unity is!
Just recently, Greg attended a “Hearing from God” seminar at a church in the Tacoma area. At these meetings, Greg was very encouraged, not only in hearing from God, but also in speaking God’s words to each other—as a married couple, with our family, to other believers, and even to those we reach out to. God longs to communicate with people—not just us praying to Him but also listening to what He has to say to us!
Through attending this seminar, Greg met several of the speakers who are part of a church in Gig Harbor, just down the road from Port Orchard. He had an instant connection with several of them and realized they shared the same vision we have. We visited the church and really believe we have found our home.
One of the pastors even lived in England for three years! We really feel that this is a church we can work with, and we look forward to what God has for us there and how He will use us as part of a mission to reach our communities here on the Peninsula, in the greater Seattle area, and throughout all of the Pacific Northwest.
Another thing Greg has been doing this past month is meeting up with individuals for coffee and sharing. When we were in England, and God was preparing us for transition to Seattle, He spoke to Greg and said, “I am calling you from the people of tea to the people of coffee.” Of course, the Seattle area is a definite coffee culture! It’s a wonderful environment for discipleship, study of God’s word, and spiritual growth, all while enjoying a pleasant cup of coffee at a local coffee shop.
One thing we want to note in this newsletter is that it seems that God is calling people from all over the world to this region of the United States. Before we ever moved here, Greg visited a church in Fife, WA. The pastor shared with him that there are a lot of people coming to the area because God had called them here. We can’t help but wonder what God has for the Seattle area. People ask us what brought us here, and we always tell them that God called us. It’s amazing how many other people we’ve met who can give the same response—God led them here. It could very well be that a day is coming where there is going to be a great spiritual awakening happen, and God is sending in reinforcements from other areas of the world to meet the needs of repentant souls coming to the Lord here.
Greg heard a word from the Lord about this, one which he wrote down. The word was this: “In the midst of a godless culture, I need godly people. This is why I am positioning and transitioning my people to the Pacific Northwest.” We are here for His cause! We are here simply to serve Him and let Him fulfill His great commission through us. Whether there is a great spiritual awakening that takes place or hard ground that needs plowing, we are here because of Him and His purpose for Seattle. Some plant, some water, but God gets the glory for it all!
We feel like God has been answering our prayers for making connections here, and we continue to pray about finances. We are praying for the funds to purchase our house as well as increased monthly support to pay all our bills and continue to live and do God’s work here. If you feel God is calling you to support us, please know that your money is helping further the gospel. We are definitely not in this work for the money! We only want to have the freedom to be missionaries for His glory without having to worry about paying the bills and feeding our family. We are grateful for any amount, whether big or small. Every little bit helps. If you aren’t able to help, please do pray for us. Pray for our health and safety. Pray for all the right doors to open. Pray that we’ll have divine appointments. Pray for our finances. And, please do send us your prayer requests on the enclosed remit envelope. We do pray over those! You can contact us by phone (417-280-2052), email (email@example.com) or either of our facebook accounts.
We pray God’s blessings on each of you!
Your missionaries to the Seattle area,
The Nissen family
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About Greg & Debbie Nissen
Greg and Debbie moved to the state of Washington at the beginning of 2019 to begin a new work. 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.