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  • Writer's pictureJon Burdette

New Year, New Adventure

Happy New Year! The phrase “new year” took on a whole new meaning for me and my family this year. After serving on staff in wonderful churches as youth pastor and senior pastor over the last 17 years, we now embark on a new missionary journey. We stepped out in faith and answered the call to evangelism in September 2018. We entered a time of transition that was filled with excitement, anticipation, and if I’m totally honest, fear of the unknown. We have trusted God to direct our steps and He has been faithful, as always. Our focus for the remainder of 2018 was to have a healthy leadership transition from a church plant that I pastored the last four years. The church has been so gracious and supportive every step of the way, and we are so grateful for such a loving church family at New Heights.  We thank God for His great faithfulness and provision during this transition, and we also thank YOU for your prayers and support. Many of you I have never met, and you don’t even really know me yet. But you know the heart of Dennis Nunn and the vision of Every Believer a Witness, and you have prayed for me and my family. THANK YOU!

With the beginning of 2019 our family has launched into a new beginning of our own. I am absolutely thrilled to be on board as the Next Generation Leader of Every Believer a Witness!! God has affirmed my calling to full time evangelism in various ways, but none greater than with my own family. I am blessed with a beautiful wife of 15 years and two children, Evan (13) and Shailynn (12). They take this calling seriously, and they have embraced and modeled a Gospel advancing lifestyle in their own circles of influence. Along with my personal commitment to share the Good News of Jesus, my wife and children also have Gospel conversations regularly and have all led someone to faith in Christ recently (praise God)!  I could not do this without the love and support of my family, and their response has been the most inspiring part of this journey (and it should be)! Why does my family have such an urgency? Because God has used Every Believer a Witness to challenge and impact them personally. How are they able to share the Gospel so fluently? Because they have been trained and equipped! With every new person I talk to about our ministry, I hear a deep concern from them about the spiritual condition of their family, friends, and co-workers. With every pastor I meet with, I see a holy discontent in them about how most of our churches and leaders are not prioritizing what matters most. This is the reality across our country, which is why we have set a God-sized goal of training 50,000 pastors by the year 2026! By the grace of God, we plan to accomplish this with our development of online training and the multiplication of church-wide and pastor equipping conferences. Pray with us and this bold vision that can only be accomplished by the power of God through the radical obedience of his people! God is up to something massive in our midst, and YOU are a part of this as you partner with us in prayer and financial support. I sense revival brewing, and God knows we need it now more than ever. Please join me in calling down the fire of revival from Heaven! Only God can send it, but I believe He is looking and longing for living sacrifices like us. In our response to God in praying, giving, and sharing the Gospel, may our actions echo the cry of Isaiah: “Here am I! Send me!”

God bless you and thank you for your partnership in the Gospel!

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