Mike and Elissa Picconatto

Merry Christmas from Familie Picconatto!


As another year comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support and more. May you each experience the joy and wonder of Jesus as we remember the Christmas story. It´s such good news!

We have been back in the United States on Home Assignment since July. The past few months have been a mix of settling into life in Staples, MN and lots of wonderful opportunities to speak about ministry in Berlin throughout Minnesota and South Dakota.

Here is one of our favorite stories from this month that demonstrates how we`re all in this together:

Pastor Steve Walters pastors Hillside Community Church in Vermillion, South Dakota. He organized a fantastic program that allowed Mike to share with a variety of people, including having lunch with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and CRU students at USD.

Following lunch, one of the FCA athletes noticed a student from Germany and introduced him to Mike. R was excited that he could have a conversation with Mike in German. He recently started taking faith more seriously, believing that there is something more to the faith traditions he experienced in Germany. He is meeting weekly with someone on campus to talk about faith and expressed his desire to be in a Bible Study (something the FCA student and the Pastor at Hillside are able to help with!). R also shared that he has some concerns for his sister. Mike, Pastor Steve, and the FCA athlete prayed with R right there. Mike prayed for R in German, R's heart language.

Who could have known that the Alliance's investment in language learning during our first term would make moments like this possible in the United States too! Thank you for your faithful giving to the C&MA, which makes our ministry to German-speaking people more effective, no matter what side of the ocean we are on.

The GCF helps us all team together to share the hope of Jesus Christ with those who have no meaningful, impactful Christian presence where they live. As 2017 comes to a close, would you consider contributing to the work of the Alliance around the world through prayers and finances? You can give to the Great Commission Fund which supports work around the world by clicking here. This link will bring you directly to a page where you can also give directly to our support.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for a good Christmas season with family in the US.

Please pray for us as we visit churches again in January - March.

Pray for the kids in school.

Pray for health through the long Minnesota winter!

Updated: December 15, 2017

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