Jeff’s Christmas Letter 2009

Christmas 2009

Dear Family and Friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! Usually Kim writes our Christmas letter, but we thought I could give it a try this year. During our time in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, our hearts were being led from a life in school world to a life in church world. Over a few years, we were becoming more and more eager to plant a new church. And then, oddly enough, in the summer of 2007, the Lord very obviously led us to Nashville to help with a school.

During the two years at Pioneer Christian, we learned a lot, met some wonderful people, and developed a heart for the families in the area. We went through a very difficult situation with a loving and gracious Father and a bunch of terrific people. Although the school closed in May 2009, our time at Pioneer was in many ways a beautiful time in our life as a family. And now for the last few months, we have been laying the groundwork for planting a new church on our side of Nashville. We’re looking forward to seeing what the Father has in store for North Hills Church. Long term, our desire is to encourage and support a growing network of new churches in our area. We’re grateful that the Father has invited us on this adventure, and it’s been encouraging to watch Him provide for us in every way.

We’re home schooling this year, and it’s definitely improved our unity and our conflict management skills. I’m incredibly thankful that I have been able to spend so much time around my family. Jesse is a compassionate, magnetic leader, a champion for the outcast and the forgotten. Jonah is a creative designer who believes firmly that what the world needs is more and better parties. Jake is an artistic lover of nature with tremendous insight into the world around him. Julia is a beautiful package of pure energy. She has the gift of gumption. Jeremiah is all brightness and joy, and he conquers everything around him with smiles and hugs.

Kim amazes me. Everything about her is touched with the grace of authenticity. Her awareness of her Abba’s love can be almost overpowering at times. As for me, I’m still becoming Jeff, becoming more and more grateful, becoming more open and aware.

If you’d like to keep in touch, Kim and I are both on Facebook. Kim writes a blog at
https://lovegracepeace.wordpress.com. I’ll be starting a North Hills Church blog soon. Our emails are darnell.jeff@gmail.com and lovegracepeace@gmail.com.

May you see your self and those around you through the eyes of your Father.

Grace and Peace,


2 Responses to “Jeff’s Christmas Letter 2009”

  1. 1 Janet Patton
    December 31, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Hi Kim,

    Rachel and I were reading through some of your blogs and saw where you and Jeff are starting North Hills Church. If that is right, we would love to come and visit. Please let me know where you are meeting. Also, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. We had my sister’s family from Texas in town for the past week. We’re kind of ready for things to slow down before school starts back on the 5th. Hope you’re doing well and look forward to hearing from you!!

    Janet Patton and Rachel Patton

  2. 2 John and Valeri Miller
    January 12, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Thank you so much for the update. My father was the principal of Whispering Hills Christian School many years ago. I graduated from Antioch High School during that time and remember Pioneer Christian School. I loved Nashville but only lived there for 2 years. Please keep us on your email list and facebook list. Praying for you!

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