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Greg & Debbie Nissen August 2020 - Fire International

August 2020

Summer is in full-swing here in Washington. Unlike the sweltering temperatures of much of the rest of the country, we’re enjoying sunshine and temperatures below 90, usually even below 80. In fact, it’s much like a British summer!

We have now lived in our current house for a year. It’s so nice to be settled after moving 3 times in 3 years. Even in unsettling times, we can find ways to praise the Lord! Our house here has been such a huge blessing. If we had to be quarantined, we couldn’t have picked a better location.

Now, we have only to look ahead to what God is going to do. Many times, it’s when we’re unsettled that God begins to move and show His mighty power. It’s when we have the least control that He steps in and then gets all the glory. In our weakness, He is strong. We don’t know what’s ahead or how bad things are going to get before the year is over, but God knows! And if God knows, we have no need to worry!

Throughout the summer, we’ve had a few youth events. One that the middle school girls had was an afternoon and evening at the lake, with lots of water fun, a meal, and a gathering around the fire pit later in the evening. Debbie and the other middle school girls’ leader led a talk about guarding our hearts and minds and how to respond when the enemy attacks our minds. We have a few more youth events in August. Our summer retreat was cancelled because of Covid-19, but we have another plan in place, so the kids are looking forward to that.

Moriah turned sweet 16 in July! We made it really special for her, with a nice birthday breakfast, balloons and flowers, an ice cream cake, and a dinner of her choice. She went back to her English upbringing and chose cottage pie, which was very nice. She really enjoyed her day, and we thank God for giving her to us. She’s such a blessing!

As more people are getting out, Greg has been picking up more Uber passengers. One thing he’s noticing is that a lot of people are afraid. Even though many of his passengers don’t live a Christian lifestyle but largely live for the world and the next opportunity for getting drunk, it’s evident that they’ve had some Biblical teaching along the way. Many of them are now worried about the End Times and what the Bible has to say about it—it’s becoming real to them, and they’re very open. This has definitely given Greg open doors to share about Jesus. Many of the bars now close at 10 due to COVID.  Greg is now able to come home sooner on the weekends because passengers have to leave earlier than before. It really works out as a win-win situation for him.

Greg continues to mentor and disciple the same guys we have mentioned in previous newsletters.  We ask that you please continue to pray for Mark who has stage 4 cancer.  The cancer is in many different parts of his body, including his bones.  We told Mark that we had mentioned him in our last newsletter and he is so very grateful for all who are praying for him.  He has begun his chemo treatment and asks that we continue to pray for his complete and total healing.  If you have ever been impacted by cancer, you know the battle.  So please join with us as we pray for Mark’s healing from heaven!

We’re also praying for our nation and for revival. It’s so vitally important for the Church to rise up in these strange and difficult times—to repent of our sins, to turn completely to Jesus so that He is Lord of our lives, to pray in unity, to build up our faith by reading the Bible, to stand firm in our Godly beliefs, and to fight the spiritual battles and wars that are to come. We don’t have time to be complacent! What is happening in the world today is serious business. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2). “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). It’s time to be the courageous warriors God has called His people to be.

As always, thank you for your faithful support, whether in prayer covering and/or financial giving. That’s how we do what we’re doing here in Washington, and we appreciate those who have partnered with us in this calling. Let us know if there’s anything we can pray with you about. We’re all in this together!

Many blessings,

The Nissens

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.