Greetings from…Missouri! Yes, as we write this, we are back in Missouri to prepare for Isaac’s high school graduation. Before we knew a house would open up in Washington in January, allowing us to move there, we had already committed to Isaac graduating with a homeschool group in Missouri, so here we are! In the next newsletter, we will share more about the graduation. For this newsletter, we want to reflect a bit on all the goodness God has bestowed on us in the past several months. We have so much to be thankful for, and we encourage all of you, as well, to take time and give thanks for all that God has done in your lives. This truly does help to overcome all the negative that surrounds us on a daily basis!
The first thing we are thankful for is the house and town that God has planted us in. Before November 2018, we had never heard of Port Orchard, WA. Then Greg took a trip that ended up leading him to the current house we live in. We spent many hours praying and seeking the Lord for THAT special place. On previous trips that Greg had taken, he had looked at some houses, even trekking as far as Yakima, but nothing was available for us. Still, we knew that God had a very special place for us. Through a series of circumstances, and through our God, who does the impossible, the door finally opened up for us to move to the greater Seattle area and begin renting a home. It was truly a miracle of the Lord. The moment we knew the house would be ours to live in, we were so overjoyed! We thank the Lord for placing us exactly where He wants us.
Secondly, we are very thankful for the church the Lord has connected us with—a church we can work alongside as we go and make disciples for Christ. We knew it would be vitally important to find a church that shared our vision and heart for equipping believers and reaching the lost. We found what we were looking for at a church called Harborview Fellowship in Gig Harbor, WA. We are so thankful for the heart of prayer and missions that flows out of our church, and we feel there’s a sort of spiritual DNA there that matches what’s in our hearts for what God wants to do in the Pacific Northwest. We have become friends with so many wonderful saints of God, and we feel like we found a family of believers passionate about the things of God and passionate about reaching all the hurting and lost souls of the region. One of the issues in the Pacific Northwest is the lack of healthy, thriving churches, and those churches are needed to advance God’s kingdom. We are very thankful that we found a church that not only gives us a launching pad for reaching the greater Seattle area for Jesus, but also provides us with a place we can grow spiritually and find prayer support.
Thirdly, we are thankful for all the people God has led across our path for us either to disciple or to minister to. Currently, Greg is focused on discipling two men. As stated in a previous newsletter, Greg often meets up with them at one of the local coffee shops around, which we like to refer to as our discipling centers! Greg uses the StartRite program (which we also used in England to teach new believers) to walk them through many principles found in the Bible and to teach them the basics of living the Christian life.
In building relationships with these men, Greg is also able to hear their hearts and listen to their struggles, and he can encourage and pray for them. Seeing these men grow to know and obey the Lord brings us great joy, and we’re thankful for the privilege we have in working with them.
Fourthly, we are thankful for the ministry of St. Luke’s in Seattle—a church that has faithfully made it a key goal to feed the homeless. From time to time, Greg and Isaac have ventured across Puget Sound, via ferry, to Seattle to connect up with all the lovely folks who help make sure the homeless have food to eat. It really is hard to explain just how bad the homeless situation is in Seattle. Much of it is fueled by drugs. If you would like to have a bit of an eye-opener to the problem, we encourage you to go online and watch the hour-long documentary called Seattle is Dying by KOMO News of Seattle. It truly paints an accurate picture of the huge homeless problem there. It is very refreshing to see Christian ministries that are doing their best to reach out to a population that is desperately bound by sin, homelessness, and drug addiction.
And finally, we are so very thankful for all of those who stand behind us faithfully every month in financial support to help us live here and touch lives in this dark corner of America. We simply could not do what we are doing without the faithful prayers and support of others. Our partners in faith make reaching souls for Jesus that much easier! There is a price tag to going and making disciples, to leaving the comforts of life, and to live in a place so very different from what we grew up with. Seattle may not be a third-world country, or even a foreign nation, but it truly is a place with many desperate needs…a place outside of our comfort zone. Having great partners in faith helps alleviate the battles and struggles of missionary life. We are very thankful for all of you!
We would like to end this newsletter by encouraging believers in Christ to support worldwide missions. The gospel must go forth, especially as our world grows darker in wickedness and sin. People NEED Jesus all over the world as well as here in America. If you are looking for a place to financially invest in missions, we’d love to partner with you! There is an enormous cost to living in the Seattle area. Yet, we know that this is where God has called us! Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us as we go and make disciple for Christ? There is no pressure on our part, but we would love to have your backing financially to be able to continue on with the work God has placed us in here in Washington. And, if you feel this is not the sort of thing you wish to partner with, we encourage you to pray and ask the Lord more specifically where He would have you support missions. If you are not going, then you are sending through prayer and financial support! We encourage Christians everywhere to get on board with what God is doing in these last days, because as the world around us grows darker, we believe His light is going to shine even brighter, and it’s both exciting and necessary for believers to join together for His glory and to fulfill the Great Commission.
Many blessings to you all,
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.