Mike and Elissa Picconatto

The Power of Coaching


Coaching isn´t traditional “Missions” work, but in Matthew 17 Jesus called us to “make disciples.” Part of being a disciple of Jesus is learning to live the way God has created us, at home, at work, and in the church.

In the Spring of 2016, our ministry center hosted a C.O.A.C.H seminar, in which participants learned some of the basics of life coaching. Life Coaching is an ongoing relational conversation that uses intuitive questions to help people make personal discoveries about themselves and help them take action to make progress in their lives.

Following this seminar, Mike began working on his accreditation as a coach. This requires an additional series of classes and 100 hours of practical coaching.

One of the men Mike began coaching (we’ll call him “Peter”), was someone Mike already knew. Peter is a believer who works for a large company in Berlin. Peter felt “stuck” in his job and had also reached a point in his life where he wanted to learn more about himself. Mike and Peter met regularly, and Peter began to discover his core values. Over time, he worked on expressing his personal life vision. During the process, Peter began to see the kind of working environments that fit him best. He also understood more clearly why certain things frustrated him and discovered more about the way God uniquely shaped him.

Recently Peter contacted Mike again, not just looking for a coach, but also looking for a friend and some spiritual guidance. Peter has been going through some very challenging situations. The situations are far from resolved, but Peter is learning to turn to God, relying on God’s guidance and practicing spiritual patience. These challenges, combined with his reevaluations, led him to pull out from a signed dream job employment contract as he works on resolving them. He said that if he hadn´t had the coaching sessions with Mike, he wouldn´t have been secure enough in his own identity to have been able to handle the situation he now found himself in. And he now wants to continue to progress, placing an increased focus on his relationship with Christ.

Coaching opens doors for more spiritual conversations. Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the people God brings into our path. Please also remember Peter and his family as you pray.

Your giving to the Great Commission Fund keeps us and the hundreds of other Alliance workers serving in 70 countries around the world on the field. Thank you for being part of the team! To give to the GCF, you can click here. Click here to give specifically to support the Picconatto Family through the GCF.

A separate fund known as our “Work Funds” provides finances for us to take special classes and seminars like C.O.A.C.H. These funds help us continue to receive training, acquire necessary ministry resources (books, computers, etc.) and pay for other ministry needs. Would you please consider giving to our Work Funds in January in addition to the funds you normally give to the GCF? As we prepare to return to Berlin, our work funds could use a healthy boost!

Prayer Requests:

Mike is visiting churches throughout January, February, and March. Please pray for safe travel.

Mike has been sick - please pray for a return to health.

Elissa has a displaced rib (not 100% sure how that happened!) Please pray that it responds quickly to treatment.

Our kids are involved in some fun school activities. Thanks for praying for good integration for them in the US on our Home Assignment. Pray for them to do well, and continue to enjoy their time here.

Updated: January 31, 2018

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