Dear friends and family,
As we move into summer, there is some hope of quarantine restrictions starting to be lifted. Since we last wrote, our church has been allowed to have drive-in services. These have been early Sunday morning worship services with the regular online services following. Just getting to see people, even from a distance, has been so good for the heart! In a few weeks, we’ll move to meeting in small groups, and later to meeting in the church with certain restrictions. We look forward to seeing each other again, even if it’s different than what we were used to.
Though things are looking up, we still see a lot of fears and frustrations, mostly vented on social media. It’s understandable. We’re all frustrated with the changes in life. So many opposing opinions are being expressed about covid-19, social distancing, face masks, the shut-downs, and government restrictions. In all the confusion and frustration, we can be thankful that we still have our Father God to turn to. He sees all and knows all, and He cares about us.
If you read the Bible and read history, you’ll find that no one has ever been immune to trouble. Where can we turn, if not to the Lord? Meditate on Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” His peace is perfect. Let’s keep our minds on Him and trust in Him. Remember John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” He gives peace freely, and we are commanded not to be troubled or afraid! Finally, stand on John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” No matter what happens in the world at large or in our personal lives, He still wants to give us peace, and He also wants us to be cheerful. He has overcome!!!
As our church slowly begins to reopen, the Edge Student Ministries is coming to a close for the summer (see our most recent youth group challenge photo to the right—the theme was dessert, and we went British!). Our regular zoom meetings will conclude soon, and regular youth gatherings at church will probably not happen until September. However, we are looking at meeting in small groups throughout the summer as restrictions lift. It has been a fun year for Debbie and the kids, and we look forward to meeting up with everyone in person again. Isaac, though he graduated from homeschool last year, continued to take part in youth this past year because of his age and birthdate (he started and finished school a year early compared to kids in the US). That era is now at an end. Isaac will be moving out of the youth group and into the young adult group. How is it possible that our son, born just shortly before we began writing these newsletters in 2001, is now a young adult?!
Greg has begun meeting again with those he was mentoring and discipling before the pandemic. He also continues to do Uber, UberEats and DoorDash as a way to be out and about in the greater Seattle area. He has met many new restaurant owners, employees and repeat customer along the way who have come to enjoy the service he provides. It has created a way to show the love of Christ through action!
In other news, we finally received our airline vouchers after contacting British Airways again. We have until April of 2022 to make our trip to England. We were given vouchers for the same amount that we paid for our original package deal, so we’re praying for the right time to go and for another good deal that will fit within that amount. We will get to England eventually! Right now, it’s too early to tell when flights will be open and quarantine restrictions lifted in both countries. Recently, the kids got to join a zoom meeting with the youth group at Hope Church in Crewe. They totally enjoyed seeing their old friends again and meeting new young people, too.
We want to thank everyone for your prayers and financial support during this season, which has been a financial struggle for many. Thank you for being faithful to support the work God is doing here in Washington. We do need continued financial support, especially as we approach the summer months. If you would like to give, you can send a check through the enclosed envelope or use a credit/debit card online at fire-international.org or through the Fire International app. No amount is too big or small.
We love you guys! Thanks for reading our newsletter this 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.