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Valley Christian Fellowship to celebrate 10th anniversary

by Leo Kruger

Ten years ago, three families packed up, pulled up roots and moved from Montana to the Carson Valley to start Valley Christian Fellowship. One couple, Don and Marti Denham, had already moved here so Don could attend the Ludel’s Diamond Cutting School, which no longer exists.

There was no Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Denny’s, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell, KFC, Subway, Mandarin Gourmet or Smith’s. You wonder how we survived! You certainly didn’t want to get sick or injured, because there was no Carson Valley Medical Center or Minden Urgent Care. Two of the Kruger’s sons were the first 8th and 9th graders in Pau-Wa-Lu.

There have been lots of changes in 10 years. We started meeting in the Carson Valley Inn’s wedding chapel because of the lack of building available at the time. We met there for eight months and then were able to rent a building in the industrial park off Industrial Way. We were there for eight years and had the opportunity to share the building for two years with High Sierra Fellowship.

We currently meet at 974 Tillman Lane and share the building with Dayspring Assembly. We are grateful to the Assemblies for helping us put away some resources to build or purchase a permanent facility in this next year.

Most of the original team members have returned closer to their home towns and are doing well in rearing their families and serving the Lord. One couple still considers their home to be Gardnerville and are presently missionaries in Kosovo. Unfortunately, none of them can make the celebration this time.

We love the Carson Valley and have no intention of ever leaving here. We have never questioned the fact that we were sent here to minister to the people of this community. We feel very blessed to live in a place as beautiful as this. The Carson Valley is definitely our home and the people here are our friends and neighbors.

Tomorrow, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m., we are going to be celebrating the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has been so faithful in these last 10 years to minister to so many people. There have been numerous families who have come and gone; some have moved away and others still live in the area. We have families who have been with us from the the beginning at the Carson Valley Inn.

I treasure my relationship with a great deal of the other pastors here. They are more than good friends, they are trusted brothers. We pray together every Thursday for the spiritual welfare of our Valley. It is the highlight of my week.

We are not what you would call a big church; however, we have several outreaches to the community. We minister at China Spring Youth Camp, Rite of Passage, Douglas County Jail and Merrill Gardens (formerly Summerville). We have a food ministry with a large resource of food free to anyone – with a delivery service, if needed. Some of the other ministries we offer are junior and senior youth groups, cell groups (small Bible studies), a great children’s ministry, young mothers’ fellowship, choir, single mothers’ assistance, intercessory pray time and others.

We would like to invite you to come and celebrate with us what the Lord has done in these last 10 years.