Dear Friends and Family,

Hello! It has been a while since we have seen many of you and we want to update you on our lives.  We are very excited as we anticipate what God has in store for us next!

As you may know, for the past four years we’ve been following God through our studies at Calvin Seminary. As we conclude this chapter of our lives, we sense that God is now calling us to a new adventure – planting a new church in Denver! This area of the nation is heavily unchurched – nearly 88% of its residents are not a part of a local church body.

While recently visiting Denver, we saw firsthand the desperate need people have for the gospel.  This need, throughout the city, haunts us and weighs heavy on our hearts. We cannot escape it. And so, after much prayer and reflection, we believe God is challenging us to bring His life-giving light into this dark corner.  Since research shows the most effective way to share the gospel is by starting new churches, we have committed ourselves to becoming church planters.

But we do not embark on this mission alone. Three established Christian Reformed Church plants and their mission-minded pastors: Rick Ebbers from “The Journey” in Longmont, CO; Paul Jorden from “Family in Christ” in Westminster, CO; and Shawn Sikkema from “Eastern Hills” in Aurora, CO. will be assisting us in this effort.  They are the lead team for The Denver Cluster – a group of church planters and plants that focus on engaging the unchurched throughout the Denver area.

Our time serving Chelwood Christian Reformed Church in Albuquerque has been challenging and rewarding work. We love the people here and yet it is not an option for long time service. Once we conclude our time here in April we will move to Denver to begin our yearlong residency. This residency is an opportunity to learn from experienced, successful church planters while learning to adapt to a new culture. We will spend our time working with one of the local churches, supporting their ministry, and surveying various neighborhoods. All in the effort to discern exactly where God is calling us to serve.  Following this yearlong residency we, along with a core group from our partnering church, will plant a church in a Denver neighborhood.

We recognize this is a daunting task and yet we also know there is a tremendous need. We feel called to bring people the good news of Christ’s gracious gift, the good news that transforms hearts, minds, and ultimately culture itself.

We know that God is at work in the Denver area and that He is directing us to join him in that.  But we also know that we cannot join God in this work by ourselves. We cannot bring the transformative message alone. We need others to partner with us in this mission. We need you to partner with us. We are called as a couple, but we invite all of you, our friends and our family, to join us in this calling.

Please consider partnering with us as we seek to shine the light of Christ into the Denver area. Please partner with us in prayer. We need your prayers. You are all people who play important roles in our lives. Pray for discernment, clarity, and courage as we step out in faith. Pray also for the churches we will partner with in the Denver area. Finally, pray for those who are unchurched. Pray for those who God will reach through our efforts, that they may be transformed by the Holy Spirit.

Also please consider partnering with us financially. Our effort to share the gospel is one that requires financial support. We’ve been informed that we need to raise $90,000 for this year of residency and more beyond that to launch the church plant itself. We hope to raise $20,000 by year’s end and have $50,000 in commitments by Easter 2010. One time year-end gifts are terrific. We are also hoping many of you will consider contributing each month and of course all of these gifts are tax deductible. We look forward to updating you monthly.

We know that these are difficult financial times and yet we recognize that the Holy Spirit is at work and God’s message of salvation must be shared. Please consider supporting our efforts. Enclosed is a pledge card that suggests some potential gifts.  Look it over and pray about it. Pray about how God might enable you to partner in the sharing of the good news to the people in Denver.

We thank you for being such a wonderful support system for us both. We praise God that He has surrounded us with an amazing group of friends and family. Thank you for your love. We love you all and we hope to hear from you soon.

Peace,

Nate and Sam

P.S.  Feel free to contact us and share in our excitement.

SamanthaDeJongMcCarron@gmail.com

NateDeJongMcCarron@gmail.com

Sam’s Cell: (708) 203-0937

Nate’s Cell: (616) 450-0239

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