A new year has begun, and it marks our one year anniversary of moving to Washington! The Lord has answered so many prayers this past year, and we’ve been in awe of His ways, which are so much higher than our ways. His plans and thoughts are far superior to ours, and we are expecting even more in 2020.
One prayer that God recently answered was a job for Isaac. We prayed some very specific prayers about this job, and what happened was exactly what we prayed for. Isaac has been working at Ace Hardware in Gig Harbor since mid-November, and he loves it. It’s a full-time job, and the work environment is excellent. He really likes his managers and coworkers, he’s learning lots of new skills, and he’s great with customers. We’re so proud of him, and we’re very thankful to the Lord for providing this job.
Just after Thanksgiving, Greg flew back to Missouri for a little over a week. While there, he helped Debbie’s mom with some pre-winter chores, met up with some friends, and spoke at two churches. He also brought Debbie’s mom back to Washington with him so she can spend a little time with us here (including Christmas)! We want to thank Spring Creek Community Church and Hilltop Chapel, both of West Plains, MO, for allowing Greg to share about our work in the Seattle area. You all have been such blessings to our family over the years, and we appreciate you!
Christmas came and went quickly, but we had a nice holiday season. From helping with the youth group’s Christmas tree fundraiser to Gabriela singing in the children’s Christmas program, as well as meeting up with other friends and then just having a wonderful time as a family, we really enjoyed our first Christmas in Washington.
Just after Christmas, our church had a baptism service, and we got to witness 3 of the David’s House men get baptized. It was so powerful just to hear their testimonies and where they’ve come from. Greg is a life coach for two of these men, and one of them got to have his dad baptize him—it was like the prodigal son story in the Bible. We were all in tears by the end of it. Please continue to pray for these young men as they grow in the Lord and live life through His wisdom.
We’d like to use the rest of our newsletter to share a little of what God is doing through a ministry tool we did not imagine having! Since last spring, Greg has been driving for Uber to supplement our income. We depend mostly on financial support from those of you who have promised to partner with us. Washington is a very expensive place to live, and we really could not live and minister here without that faithful support. However, Greg needed to find an additional source of income to make up what we still need each month. While he didn’t initially set out to find a job here, being an Uber driver has been ideal. Not only is it bringing in the extra income we need, but it is also very flexible, with Greg being free to choose his own hours and still have plenty of time for ministry and discipleship. The best part is that it has become one of his best means of outreach.
As with any ministry, Greg prays for wisdom and for divine appointments each time he goes out. He doesn’t set out to witness to every person who enters his car, but doors open! He has shared the Gospel and prayed with several people, and we’re often amazed how open people have been. Greg drives mostly in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, and while these cities are largely populated with people who either refuse to believe in God or hate the name of Jesus, there are still hungry, hurting people out there! We firmly believe that God personally selects the people who ride in Greg’s car. He’s prayed for people with terminal illness and talked to people who used to serve Jesus but have run away from Him. He has talked to business owners and military men. He has talked to drug users, drunk people, homeless people, and even people from other countries. Many of them are trapped by lifestyles of getting drunk, using drugs, or gambling. Many of them make a lot of money…a whole lot of money. But, they’re unhappy. They’ve tried everything the world has to offer, and they’re empty…they know they’re missing something.
Greg has a lot of stories and testimonies from his Uber driving, and we’d like to share some in the coming months. We plan to share extra stories on our facebook page as well; if you’re on facebook, you can find us at “Our Seattle Adventure.”
Please pray for Greg as he does Uber driving. Many times, he’s out most of the night, transporting drunk people. Pray for his safety, as well as for divine appointments with people who are ready to hear or who at least need a seed planted in their hearts—a seed of hope found in Jesus Christ. Pray that these people will come to know Jesus in a real and lasting way, and pray that they’ll find freedom from their sinful lifestyles and addictions.
Many blessings to you all!
Your missionaries to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest,
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.