May 14, 2010

Dear Friends and Family,

As we wrap up spring and enter into summer we are blessed to share so many changes in our lives with you. These last two months have been exciting and very full. They began in March as we received unanimous approval from the Elders at Eastern Hills Community Church of Aurora, CO for our one-year residency. This residency period will help us establish a strong foundation for the church plant. We will work to acculturate into the local culture, learn from Eastern Hills and how they do missional ministry, begin to develop a core group who will partner with us in launching, and identify a particular neighborhood for this new church.

We are now officially endorsed by Home Missions of the Christian Reformed Church. This endorsement is a huge answer to prayer as it provides not only financial support, but also to develop invaluable relationships with established CRC planters.

We concluded our time in Albuquerque on Easter Sunday with a wonderful celebration of three baptisms. Through our time in New Mexico God blessed us with all kinds of learning opportunities and we are happy to report that Chelwood CRC is on tract to call a full-time minister. God is good!

As April continued we spent some relaxed time with family as we contacted various churches throughout Michigan and the Chicagoland area. We also attended Exponential, the national new church conference in Orlando, FL with over 60 CRC people. This conference gave us a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from some of the great minds in the church-planting world. We were encouraged as we joined 3000+ planters from all types of denominations to learn more about how God is working throughout North America.

Finally we have another blessing to share with you. We are pregnant and expecting our first child! As we write this Sam is 11+ weeks pregnant and doing well. We are excited at this new blessing in our lives and look forward to how God will shape us in parenthood.

As far as what comes next, we are moving to Denver the last week of May and we being working June 1 at Eastern Hills. We thank you for all of your prayers and support leading up to this point. We believe that through your prayers, God has guided each step in our journey to Denver. God honors preemptive prayers. We also ask that you continue to hold us in prayer as we settle into a new city, look forward to a new baby, and begin our work on God’s new church.

We thank you for your financial support as well. Through your faithful giving, through Home Missions, Classis, and a couple of key churches we’ve already raised just under $60,000. This is a testimony to God’s faithfulness! We also acknowledge that we still have a significant amount to raise, nearly $40,000. Below you will find a breakdown as to how the finances are working out. We ask that you continue to support us as we begin this process of planting. God is working through your faithful giving.

Supporters Amount Raised
Family and Friends $23,000
Home Missions $25,000
Supporting Churches $8,000
Classis Rocky Mountain $2,500
Total Amount Needed $96,000
Total Amount Raised $58,500
Total Amount Yet Needed $37,500

We hope that as we’ve shared how God continues to lead us, you too are encouraged to follow more faithfully after him. For he is a God that calls us all on a journey. May you walk closely with him.

Blessings,

Nate and Samantha DeJong McCarron

P.S. Donations are now being accepted by Eastern Hills Community Church. Please make a notation that your gift is for “Nate and Sam.”

Eastern Hills Community Church

25511 E. Smoky Hill Rd.

Aurora, CO 80016

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