Mike and Elissa Picconatto

Back to Berlin!


Back to Berlin

Over the last six weeks Mike spoke at three missions conferences and a camp, we made happy memories with both the Saari and Picconatto sides of the family, and our house began separating into boxes that are staying and suitcases that are going.  The five of us will board an airplane and fly to Berlin on Wednesday, July 18!

We have the natural mix of feelings that comes with these big transitions. Goodbyes are still challenging, but we are thankful that this time we are not flying into the unknown! We are returning to a familiar apartment, a language we know, and friends we have made. We are also looking forward to getting to know new teammates, starting a new German speaking church, and taking on new ministry responsibilities. God is good and we are excited to be a part of what He is doing in Berlin.

We are excited because God keeps introducing us to people who are hungry for Him! Last month we wrote to you about a university student named “R”. This month God gave us the opportunity to be a part of another one of His redemption stories. While speaking at the camp, we had the privilege of spending time with a wonderful young lady. One evening she asked to talk with us and shared what was happening in her heart. She has experienced extremely hard things that left her questioning whether God was real. She said that if God was real, she was unsure where He was while she was being mistreated. We then had the privilege of hearing her pray in her own words as she began a relationship with Jesus! A few days later Mike helped baptize her! What a good God we have!

There are hurting people all over the world. In Berlin and former East Germany, people rarely hear about the great, marvelous love of God, so perfectly expressed by the payment for our sins by Jesus Christ. Thank you for your support so we can share that message both near and far!

Please pray that God continues drawing lost people towards Him and introducing us to each other in Berlin as well! God wants lost people found!

Prayer Requests:

Please also pray for:

1.    Safe travel – for us and our luggage!
2.    Good good-byes as we prepare to fly on July 18th.
3.    Good hellos as we arrive in Berlin on July 19th, resettle, and begin our ministry.
4.    Good transitions into new ministry responsibilities.

Updated: July 14, 2018

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