This truly has been a year of new beginnings for our family. We moved to a new state at the beginning of a new year, moved into a new home, and began attending a new church. As we settle into our second new home this year (we’re still unpacking as we write), we are beginning a new school year, with only 2 children this time. Isaac is graduated, and he’ll soon be searching for a job for the first time as well as filling out paperwork to apply for college (he’s taking a gap year before college). Moriah will be starting 10th grade and Gabriela 6th. This means we no longer have children in elementary grades or in children’s church, as Gabriela is now considered middle school. This means she gets to start going to youth group for the first time. We all have made many new friends, and we’re finding new areas of ministry. Transition isn’t always easy, but it is adventurous! We love our new home, our church, and this beautiful state, and we’re so grateful to be where we are. On a side note, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in August. That’s 20 years of adventuring for God together as a couple, yay!
We began the month of August, just a little over a week after we moved, by volunteering for Vacation Bible School at our church. All 5 of us volunteered, and it was so much fun. Greg helped with a little of everything, from media to food prep to cleaning. Debbie oversaw a team of 3 groups of children, each led by 2-3 young people. Isaac and Moriah each led a group of kids, and Gabriela helped lead another group. What really impressed us was the young people of our church. There were 12 groups of 6-8 children that attended VBS, and each group was led by one teenager and helped by a middle schooler. Each team of 3 groups was overseen by an adult, but the teens were pretty much in charge of their groups. We have never seen a group of teenagers so on-fire for Jesus, so eager to volunteer, so amazing with the kids under their charge, talking to them about Jesus and even praying with them. Our kids LOVED working with their groups of children. They are very eager to volunteer again next year. Some of the children who attended VBS were church kids, but we had several children who were not from our church. They heard the Gospel and learned all week that “Jesus rescues.” One result of volunteering for VBS is that all 5 of us are now on the children’s church volunteer schedule for one Sunday a month!
Greg has daily opportunities to share the Gospel and pray for people, and he’s witnessed to people from all walks of life, from the homeless to the wealthy, all equally lost and searching for meaning in life. This is what he does and loves! We’ve also mentioned in previous newsletters about the three men he is doing discipleship with. Discipleship involves Bible study, prayer for needs, conversations about what they’re going through or about questions they have, learning the basics of Christianity for those who are new in the Lord, and just being there for them.
We’ve just learned that there are 2 more men who wish Greg to disciple/mentor them. How exciting! One of these men has recently come out of drug addiction and prison time, but he’s on-fire for Jesus and has a wonderful testimony of how the Lord changed his life completely. We don’t know what types of ministry opportunities are ahead of us, but right now, we’re just taking whatever the Lord gives us, and this seems to be the big need right now—mentors for new Christians and even older Christians who have never had anyone teach them in this way.
Greg will be making a quick trip back to Missouri after Thanksgiving. He’ll be helping Debbie’s mom with some things and then bringing her back to Washington with him for a visit. He’ll also be there over 2 Sundays and a Wednesday, so if any churches would like to have him come and share about what God is doing here in Washington, please let us know soon. He is available Sunday, December 1 (morning and evening), Wednesday evening, December 4, and Sunday, December 8 (morning and evening), as well as any day between December 2-7 that you have a church-related meeting (youth, home group, men’s ministry, senior citizens, etc). You can contact Greg at 417-280-2052 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org, or on facebook.
Living in Washington is not cheap. That’s the plain and simple fact. The Lord called us, and He made a way for us to move and live here, but the truth is that we need to increase our monthly finances. If you would like to partner with us monthly, please know that no amount is too small. It does add up, and every little bit helps. If you’re not sure, please consider praying about it, and remember that we’re happy to discuss it with you and answer any questions you may have. If you’re not able to support us financially, please don’t feel that we’re pressuring you in any way. We ask because we have need, but if you are giving elsewhere, that’s great! Please do remember to pray for us. Prayer support is vital to what we are doing. You can use the enclosed remit envelope to send monthly support or a donation (make checks payable to FIRE International with our names on the memo line), to indicate whether you wish to support us regularly, or even to leave us a note of encouragement or prayer request. We do read and pray for all prayers requests we receive! After all, we’re all in this together! If you wish to make an online donation or set up for automatic giving or text to give, please let us know, and we can help you with that, too. We appreciate all of you!
Your missionaries to the Greater Seattle region,
Greg, Debbie, Isaac, Moriah, and Gabriela Nissen
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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.