Mike and Elissa Picconatto

Boxes and suitcases are unpacked and the Picconattos are ready for one year back in beautiful Minnesota!


Thank you for making it possible for us to spend the last five years in Berlin! We are tired after all the transitions this spring and summer, but are so thankful for God´s love and faithfulness through it all, often demonstrated to us by His children. We can`t imagine going through these times without the support and encouragement of believers in Europe and the USA. We`re reminded again and again of the importance of being connected to the body of Christ. From the German small group that supported us during both sickness and the mission`s withdrawal from a church plant, to the many hands that found a home for us in Staples, MN, even setting up furniture and other belongings before we arrived, we have been very blessed and loved.

Gallery2 celebrated its last show in Freiraum before turning the keys over to a subleaser who will cover the rest of the rental contract. Grown ups and kids enjoyed participating in, talking about and viewing Co.Co. Segeltuch`s community art project. This friendly East German born artist involved the church and friends by using colors that each person chose for him to mix. He then created a series of paintings that show these colors as dots interacting with each other in a variety of ways.

Some of our best connections with new people have been made during group exhibitions, so we look forward to renting spaces short-term for themed shows that will enable us to stay active in the art community without giving so much time and resources to maintaining a long term rental property. Why are we okay with making such a big change? Because we think God is starting something new and we want to join Him!

As we think ahead to 2018, we are excited about starting a small group ministry using creative tools that will connect and resonate with a variety of people, especially artists and Berliners, on their journeys. Our prayer is that Luke 24:15 will be the experience of each person that participates in these small groups. "While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them."

Prayer Requests:

Praises and Prayer Requests
for 5 years in Berlin!
for good reunions with Mike and Elissa`s families.
a sub leaser for our Berlin apartment. Our neighbors and little home in Berlin are dear to us, so it´s a relief to be able to return there in 2018.
our home base is back in Staples.
the kids are registered in the Staples/Motley school system. Hello high school for the oldest two!
a sweet ride- thanks to those who provided us with a car for the year. You`re amazing!
for God`s kids loving each other and a lost world.
that a family in Berlin will take care of our dog Ringo while we`re stateside. They are already his second home.
for safe travels and good health. Because of school schedules, Mike will often travel alone.
for good connections with church families around the district.
for Mike and Elissa as they pray and plan for their next term in Germany.
for the kids to continue to make and renew friendships.
to stay in touch with friends in Germany and being `present` in Minnesota.
for more people to connect with the work in Germany in the ways God has gifted them.

Updated: August 14, 2017

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