A new chapter.

Life is like a book. Different seasons equal different chapters. We are getting ready to enter into the most unique, even extreme chapter in our life as a family. Let me share with you an announcement that we made at church today. Please pray for us, and check this blog often as I will be posting often.

In January 2005 we brought a group from Calvary to Passion Conference. One of the speakers shared about New England and how unreached the region is.

I was moved by the challenge and stood when asked to pray about launching a church there.

During this period of time we were in the middle of our adoption of our kids from Russia.

We genuinely believed we would be in Jupiter until Jesus comes back.

Flash forward to October 2009.

Pastor Jeff and I went to the Catalyst Conference. To be honest my expectations were very low, but the Lord had different plans. I randomly chose a breakout to attend. Little did I know my heart was going to be stirred so deeply.

The speaker challenged us to be have real faith. I was challenged because our last real faith move in our life was our adoption. The Lord has recently closed that chapter by providing the complete payment of our adoption debt.

Our church wide fast was the following week, October 12-14.

On Tuesday morning, early I awoke to spend some time in prayer and study when the Lord very clearly spoke to me: “Chris I want you to move to Lebanon, NH to start a church”. I was shocked and moved. I know this voice. It is the same voice that spoke to me to talk to my wife about adopting from Russia. The same voice that called me to be a pastor. The same voice that spoke to me about being the student pastor here at CJ.

It is an unmistakable voice.

On Wednesday I tried to ignore and put off the call. On Thursday I said, It was just a Fast-high!! But the whole day I kept hearing the call. I shared with my wife that day after work. She was surprised yet not shocked.

Interestingly enough we had made prior plans to have dinner with Pastor Dan and Cheryl.

I asked Dan how his fast was and he said it was good. I said, well mine was interesting and shared with him the encounter I had. He said I can see this, and believe that this could be possible. He encouraged us to seek confirmation(s).

The following days were challenging as Penny and both knew the Lord was stirring our hearts but it was not clear yet as we awaited confirmation. Penny was not at peace at all. We prayed and asked for a sign. Ten minutes later in our car Penny says “Punch buggy black, no returns!” I was immediately drawn to the license plate and the writing on the vehicle. New Hampshire plates, and advertising of the state on the vehicle.

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Penny said, “I’m gonna’ be sick, that’s a sign isn’t it!” we looked at each other and knew that the Lord was doing something.

Over the next several days the Lord did a major work in our hearts for the region and our calling to go.

I kept in constant contact with Pastor Dan over the days as we were seeking the Lord.

My family confirmed the call as they have always known that the Lord has a calling on our lives.

The leadership and staff of the church have confirmed this calling.

We are excited to announce today that CJ is sending us out to be messengers to the most unreached most educated region in America.

It has been said the New England is more irreligious than Africa and Asia.

We will be leaving on January 1st to go launch a church in the Upper Valley region of NH/Vermont.

We love our church (Calvary Jupiter), the staff congregation and the Jupiter area. This is the hardest thing that we have ever done or will ever do, but our calling is greater than this love.

Pray for us as we sell everything and go. Pray that the Lord will provide opportunities, resources and all that is needed to launch a church big. Pray that the people would show us favor. That we would reach the people of the Upper Valley with Jesus and provide them the opportunity to be growing followers of Jesus.


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7 Responses to “A new chapter.”

  1. J Dub Says:

    Wow…big news! The Goeppners will be in our prayers as y’all start your new life up north. I guess now you’ll have to get GamePlan now to watch the Canes. 🙂

  2. jmwest Says:

    You’ll do great! Your folks are very proud!
    We will miss you!
    We have been wanting to visit New England and now we have a reason.
    Thanks for all you have done here and the lives that have been changed because of both of you.
    God Bless! Gotcha in prayer….
    Mike & Mary West

  3. anthonyjtaylor Says:

    Chris, I think it is exciting that the boys will develop Kennedy-esque accents. Erraaahhh

  4. unclesam22 Says:

    What wonderful and exciting news. I’ll definitely be praying for you guys as you head into this time of faith and growth and reward. It is definitely a wide-open mission field and I know you and Penny and the boys will be wonderful at it.

  5. bryonm Says:

    I will definitely be praying for you guys. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help…

  6. Phillip Santillan Says:

    This is awesome Chris! I’ll be praying for you, your family, and the opportunities of ministry that God will be opening up for you through this “new chapter!”

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