By now, probably everyone in the Seattle church knows Scott and Lynne will be leaving the Emerald City next January to begin a new missionary work in Berlin, Germany. Already numerous preparations and changes are in play for them, including the daily study of the German language. The Greens have handed off most of their local responsibilities, the chairmanship of the Northwest Family of Churches (replaced by Jay Kelly) and will be making preliminary trips to Berlin at the end of the summer and in October. In the meantime they are “officially” leading, and leading with the Berliners via the miracles of Skype and email. Only in this 21st century would this be possible.
What may not be as well known are the ways God has been working in all this and continues to work for the sake of global missionary connections and unity. Even a year ago, making this move would have seemed impossible—Scott was finishing off requirements for a clinical license as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Lynne would not graduate from Gonzaga Graduate School until this past May. When the New England churches and the International Missions Society approached the Greens in February with the proposal—pending local Berlin approval—of leading in Berlin, the time was finally right.
The future portends more. Seattle will continue to support the Greens for 3 months each year for three years, beginning in 2014. This means Seattle sacrifices are directly supporting the mission work in Germany. In addition, Seattle, along with the other northwest churches, supports the Flemings in Birmingham, England out of the annual missions contribution. In every way, God seems to be opening wide the door from the Northwest to Europe. Pray for victory in Missions and Maturity all over the European continent. Have vision to visit the churches over there, especially the churches of Birmingham and Berlin. Spread the word of opportunities for our young high school and college graduates to serve over there.
Perhaps we should have all seen this coming when Hannah Templer—soon-to-be wife of Brian Fisher—arrived at the University of Washington in the fall of 2007. Her father Mark, a veteran of church plantings in India and longtime director of HOPE worldwide efforts there, has preached for us at conferences and at our July 28 Westside service. He and his wife Nadine used to lead the London church as well. Hannah’s uncle Franck, visiting the northwest during this wonderful wedding time, preaches July 28 on the Eastside. Franck works and lives with his family in Lyon, France, and used to lead churches in Milan, Italy, and Paris.
Besides all this, Seattle has seen numerous disciples come over for college from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. More than we might be aware, God has used the Seattle church to build worldwide ligaments and to make new life possible for many churches across the oceans.
Scott Green, Elder/Evangelist