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Greg & Debbie Nissen August 2019 - Fire International

Dear friends and family,

First of all, we’d like to thank you all for praying about our housing situation! A lot has happened since we wrote our last newsletter at the beginning of July, and we have seen God’s abundant goodness. Two days after our rental home was listed on the market, it sold. We were shocked at how quickly it happened, and we felt sad because we truly loved that house and neighborhood. However, our landlord had mentioned us to a friend from his church because this friend’s father had a house that would soon be ready to rent, only 11 miles away from where we were. The house address is in Gig Harbor, but it’s actually in between Port Orchard and Gig Harbor and right on the county line. We called up the man and arranged to see the house, which would be the same rent we had been paying. Like our first house, we would not be required to have an income of three times the rent in order to qualify. Nearly all rental properties have that requirement! While this house is not as new and not nearly as lovely as the one we were in, it was the perfect situation for us, so we signed a rental agreement. 

While there are definitely things we miss about the house we were in before, our new home has some pretty nice benefits. One is that it has plenty of space, including an enormous bonus room we can use as a homeschool room, something Debbie has always dreamed of having. Another bonus is that it sits on about 2.5 acres of land, including an abundance of yard space with plenty of room for the kids to play and to have guests over for cookouts. It even has a fire pit—so cool! One of the best things about the place is that it’s owned by a Christian couple who were long-time missionaries to Morocco. They and their whole family (grown children and grandchildren), live all around us, and they also homeschool. At least two families who live right close to us go to our church!

We are now fully moved into our new house. We had several friends who helped us with the move, which was a huge blessing. Now, here we are, after 7 months of living in Washington, in a house piled high with packing boxes again! Once again, we are searching boxes trying to find our dishes, our bath towels, and even our peanut butter. It may take several weeks, but we will have a home again, and this time, we don’t have to worry about a contract that will end. We can live here until we are ready to move elsewhere. So, again, thank you for praying. The Lord certainly worked it out for us!

In other news, Isaac is home! He flew by himself from Springfield, Missouri to Seattle, and we are so excited to have him back. After Isaac’s graduation at the beginning of May, we returned to Washington and left him with Grandma for most of the summer. He not only enjoyed plenty of time with his friends and going to church youth group, but he also did a lot of work for his grandma, including lots of mowing and helping with projects she needed done. At the end of his time, he spent a few days volunteering at the Hammond Mill Bible Camp when the younger kids had their camp. Immediately after that, he remained to participate in the teen camp for a week. Getting to go to camp was his main reason for staying in Missouri for the summer, as he loved going last year. He told us that this year was even better. We’re happy that he had such a great time in Missouri, but it’s so nice to have our whole family together again.

Gabriela got to go on a camping retreat with our church’s middle school group in July. It was a 3-day, 2-night tent-camping trip on a lake here in Washington. Along with boating, tubing, swimming, and fun games, the kids had a wonderful time worshipping and praying together and just learning about what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, about prayer, and about respecting others. She absolutely loved every minute of it!

That’s all for this month. We’ve been very busy with packing and moving, so that has occupied much of our time throughout July. Even then, Greg has had lots of opportunities to share Jesus with people! Please continue to pray for our finances, for our health and safety, for ministry opportunities, and for those we’re ministering to. A few of the guys Greg has been doing discipleship with have some major needs in their lives—situations that seem impossible. Please do pray for them, and pray that God will give Greg wisdom in speaking into their lives and into those situations.

Many blessings to you all,

The Nissen family

Greg & Debbie Nissen

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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.