Sunday, December 30, 2012

Newsletter for The close of 2012

Dear Friends,                        December 2012

The people walking in darkness have seen great light;
On those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)

We’ve used this passage before in this Christmas letter. But with the
events this December in Connecticut, we have been drawn again to the
promised hope in Isaiah. We have been reminded (again) that the awe
and wonder of the incarnation happens in the midst of sin, unspeakable
sorrow, and deep brokenness.  Emmanuel, the Prince of Peace, entered a
world in deep need of peace and restoration. We witness this same need
and longing in the lives of our neighbors here in Los Angeles.

A few words about us:
Last year we did not send a Christmas letter. Jude’s mom had moved
into an assisted living village, and we emptied her home last
Christmas, sorting through many memories. My older brother Peter was
in much pain during that time, and was diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer early in 2012. We have not done much to keep in touch with you.
We hope to do better in 2013.

Highlights of 2012:
Emmanuel Peter was born in July to Chris and Roxy, our second
delightful grandson.
Jude’s brother Peter made it through many treatments and is still with us
Jude enjoyed leading several retreats, and hopes to do this more.
John and his book collective continued to develop and grow to address
the economic struggles we daily see around us.
New City Church (NCC), a multi-ethnic, multi socio-economic church in
downtown is growing and impacting our city in many positive,
gospel-centered ways.
NCC is sponsoring a new church plant in our neighborhood, Praise
Chapel. The InnerChange team here is partnering with them.
We have the privilege of living lives of joy and worship in our city.

Ways to stay in touch with us:
Find us on Facebook, including the LA IC book collective. “Friend”
them to learn more about John’s work and the collective. 
Send Jude an email if you would like prayer updates (
John’s blog –
This year we will begin posting video updates, as well as sending them
via email.
When you hear about LA in the news, pray for us!

We are so grateful for each of you and your part in our lives. May
peace and grace flow through your lives in 2013.
John and Jude Tiersma Watson

Donations Welcome: 1-800-777-6658 or Our
fund number is 5101.

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