Welcome to spring! For some, this is a happy time of the year with all the flowers and blooms! But, for others in America, spring brought heartache and tragedy through natural disasters. Parts of the South suffered great tornado damage, and parts of the Midwest suffered massive flooding. Much of the region where Greg grew up in Iowa/Nebraska experienced some of the worst flooding in years. Let us remember, as we enjoy spring’s beauty, to pray for those who are suffering great loss.
As we write this newsletter, we are celebrating 14 years since we stepped out to become full-time missionaries! Our journey began with England in 2005. Today, that journey has us reaching the lost in the greater Seattle area. What a span of time it’s been, and what an adventure God has placed us on. We’ve seen Him do so many miracles through the years, too many to recall in a simple newsletter. As we recall many of them, they remind us of just how faithful He is. He is true to His word always to be with us (Matthew 28:20)!
One of the longings of our heart, and the command of the Lord, is to “go and make disciples.” This includes our part of the world…western Washington. One thing that makes this part of America so unique is its large number of coffee shops. They are everywhere! We like to view them as “disciple centers,” places to sit down and expound the word with newer believers. Greg has spent quite a number of hours in different coffee shops just loving on and reaching hearts for Jesus around the area. He has begun to do one-on-one discipleship with an older gentleman. Many of those whom Greg has sat down with, including this man, have had hard pasts and many hurts. Another man Greg has met with came away from a past of heavy drug use. He was also homeless for a number of years in downtown Seattle. There are many others Greg has met who have similar stories. The only thing that can change any heart is a personal encounter and relationship with Christ. And, once they come to Christ, Greg can meet with them over coffee and begin to help them grow in the ways of Christ. Of course you can disciple people and share Jesus anywhere, but we love the uniqueness of the “disciple centers” in the area. It’s fun to make use of the local culture in any mission field. Yay coffee!
One of the ministries that we wish to continue working with is the homeless feeding program at St. Luke’s near downtown Seattle. Recently, Greg took Isaac with him to help. He loved it! He helped cook all the goodies and wants to go back. Helping with this feeding program is not only meeting a necessary need in the city, but it also helps us to get to know the ministry of St. Luke’s. By being a part of this ministry, we get to know the workers better, as well as the names and faces of the many homeless who come through the doors daily.
We will be back in southern Missouri from April 27th to May 5th for Isaac’s high school graduation. We’ll share more about Isaac in the next newsletter! Meanwhile, we will be in Missouri on Sunday, April 28, and Sunday, May 5. We’d love to come and share with any churches who would like to hear more about what we’re doing in the Seattle area. If you would like to have us visit and share, you can contact us on our cell phone at 417-280-2052 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, please be in prayer about our housing situation. We need finances to be able to buy the current house we are living in. We really feel that this is the Lord’s house for us! However, we need a miracle to make it happen. Thank you for being there for us as we reach Seattle for Jesus!
Until next month,
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.