Dear family and friends,
As the very interesting year of 2020 draws to a close, we would like to focus on what God has done and what we have to be thankful for. 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NIV). No matter what the circumstances have been and still are, we can still give thanks, for He is still God and always loving and faithful. Psalm 92:1-2: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and your faithfulness at night…” (NASB).
Not one circumstance in 2020, be it Covid-19, quarantine, travel bans, economic crisis, rioting, wildfires, hurricanes, presidential election turmoil…not one of those things can stop God’s faithfulness. He knows about them…He is not surprised by them…and He is fully capable of managing what we cannot. Can we trust Him to do it? Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him” (NASB).
Like everyone else, we have had our share of disappointments and sadness this year. We’ve had plans change. We’ve had a decrease in income. We’ve lost friends to Covid. Yet, we still have much to be thankful for. Here’s our list (and this doesn’t include everything):
- Our family has been healthy, and Debbie received healing from tendonitis and frozen shoulder.
- We have been kept safe from violence and disaster.
- God has provided for every need and even blessed us in ways we did not foresee.
- We have spent quality time together as a family and got to enjoy some of Washington’s beauty during the summer.
- Isaac was able to work through quarantine and was also given the amazing opportunity to receive Stihl technician training, which is ongoing.
- We’ve been able to build great relationships within our church family and youth group.
- Greg’s ministry opportunities have increased, and he has seen a tremendous spiritual growth in the men he mentors.
- We have all grown spiritually in ways we never imagined.
- We are so thankful for the home God provided for us, and we love living here.
- We still have the freedom to worship God and practice our faith…even when church doors are closed.
What are you thankful for this year? In the days ahead, remember Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (NIV).
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.