Nicole and I continually look forward to the day when our family will move to Berlin. There’s a certain tension we carry, knowing that our time living in Minnesota is coming to a close, and an expectancy of God continuing to unveil His plan for our lives. Whether we’re studying the New Testament together through the course we’re enrolled in at L.D.I. (Leadership Development Institute) at Hope Community Church in Downtown Minneapolis each Thursday, or watching our older two children make vast progress in learning the German language, we are really enjoying this season of life focused on preparation for being missionaries. We are hoping and praying to make the ReachGlobal Pre-Field Training event this coming October, which is the last formal training event we need to participate in before our departure. In order to attend this event, we need to have raised 50% of the funds required for us to move to Germany by July 1st.
Denny and Nicole celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary in May. They spent a weekend together in historic Charleston, South Carolina.
Isaac is 7 ½ and is in 2nd grade at the German Immersion School. He is learning German so quickly! He likes to read books, play video games, and build Legos. He is a great older brother to his two younger siblings.
Leah is 5 ½ and is in Kindergarten at the German Immersion School. She is also learning German quickly. She likes to create art projects, sing, and play Barbie. Her current project is directing and starring in a play (of her own creation) of the Christmas story with her girlfriends at school.
Micah is 2 ½ and is enjoying days of playing cars and doing puzzles. He has the ability to use random German vocabulary words. He enjoys weekly coffee dates with mom and her various friends, sometimes there are other little ones there to horse around with.
How we’ve been preparing:
Over the next few months, Nicole and I will complete our first front-to-back study of the New Testament. So far we’ve read through the gospels (the three synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and the Gospel of John.) and the book of Acts. We’re going through the book An Introduction to the New Testament by D.A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo. I’ve really enjoyed looking at the different ways the texts have been criticized in various ways, and the historical care that people have taken over the centuries in maintaining the Scriptures as we have them available to us today.
Nicole and I also just finished the book The Lost Letters of Pergamum by Bruce W. Longnecker. This book is a ‘Historical Fiction’ about the person “Antipas” who we know to have been martyred from the text in Revelation 2:13, and his interactions with the Apostle Luke through written communication. Both Nicole and I really enjoyed reading through the book, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to read that might help deepen your historical understanding of the First Century, when several of the books in the New Testament were written.
Revelation 2:13 HCSB
I know where you live-where Satan’s throne is! And you are holding on to My name and did not deny your faith in Me, even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness who was killed among you, where Satan lives.
I have also been going through The Merged Gospels compiled by Gary Crossland. The premise behind The Merged Gospels is to take the first four books of the New Testament, and harmonize them to tell a single story, as well as assembling them in sequence by date, so as to have a more linear story as you read it. I’ve really been enjoying studying this book with a group of eight other men in what’s called a Disciplemaking Learning Community (DLC). We’ve also been looking at the Songs of Solomon together (as we look to God’s word to help us strengthen our marriages), and a booklet called the Disciplemakers Journal published by Cadre Ministries. The focus of this time together is to examine the Bible to see how Jesus lived as he invested in the lives of 12 men to make disciples of them, and using that help shape us into disciplemaking men of God.
A few weeks ago Nicole and I got together with seven other husbands and wives for dinner with my DLC group for a ‘date night’. We each brought something to share for the meal, and spent the evening hanging out and getting to know one another better. It was a great time of fellowship.
Nicole and I have really been enjoying getting together with friends and family to talk with them about God’s call on our lives, and the mission to Berlin. If you’d be interested in getting together with us to find out more, share a meal or coffee sometime, please let us know. It would be a privilege for us to have some time with you and to hear how God has been at work in your life. Please also let us know if there are any specific ways we can be praying for you.
Fundraising Progress Update:
We are currently at 13.5% of monthly commitments of what we need to raise to move to Berlin after the Pre-Field training event.
To Give Online you can go to this link:
http://efca.org/give-now and type “Denny and Nicole deBruyn – 1197” in the “Designation” line.