Pastor Dema says, Goodbye

    10.13.20 | by Dema Kohen

    “Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out;
    wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.
    At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out,
    and at His command they encamped.” – Numbers 9:17-18

    Dear LEFC family,

    Anna and I came to LEFC in March of 2012, excited to see how God would use us at this little church in PA. 

    Over the past 8.5 years it’s been so fun to see God breathe new life into what we call KidMin. 

    Ministry to children has been elevated and established, special events were hosted, curriculum was developed, hundreds of volunteers were recruited and mobilized, a thriving KidMin staff team was hired, and most importantly, hundreds of children grew in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    It's been a delightful honor to play our part in this work.

    As much as we have loved serving at LEFC, recently it became clear to Anna and me that “the cloud has lifted” and it’s time for us to pack up and move.

    I’m sure that to many of you this decision will feel sudden and swift—and it is—but be assured that it came as a result of much time spent in reflection, prayer, and godly counsel.

    I am not leaving LEFC because of conflict, tension, or a better opportunity elsewhere. It’s really because of a clear (and compelling) realization that I have finished the assignment God had in mind when He brought us here, and now it’s time for me to step away and discern what’s next on His agenda for the Kohens.

    Looking back I can truly say that my 8.5 years at LEFC have been the best years of my entire life. So much has happened in this time…

    I became a father.

    I became a US citizen.

    I had the honor of serving with the amazing staff of our church. (These guys and gals truly love Jesus!)

    One thing that didn’t happen is that I never learned to like woopie-pies or shoe-fly pies. Please don’t hold that against me. Believe me, I tried.

    Seriously, serving at LEFC never felt like a job. It was a calling. It was great fun. It was a tremendous privilege.

    My family and I felt incredibly loved, cared for, and supported by the church elders, pastors, and our community of faith (which makes leaving so much harder).

    My last Sunday at LEFC will be November 8, so please don’t hold back your hugs or prayers. We’re literally letting go of the life we know and love, and are stepping into the unknown, so your prayers for guidance, clarity, and our ability to hear our Father’s voice will be much appreciated.

    For the next few months we will be moving to Kentucky to be with Anna’s family, and will discern God’s leading from there.

    LEFC family will remain in our thoughts and prayers, and I feel confident that LEFC Kids will continue to thrive after we’re gone. I have uttermost respect for and faith in the wonderful staff (Julie, Sam, Christy) and the amazing volunteers (too many to name.) They will continue to pour love and truth into our children helping them become life-long disciples of Jesus. 

    Thank you, LEFC for welcoming me into your midst and giving me a chance to serve your children. In March 2012 I came to Lititz as a stranger and a foreigner, but I’ll be leaving as a friend and a family member. 

    LEFC will always be our church, and we can’t wait to see how God’s name will be glorified and His Kingdom will be expanded through our church in the future. 

    Thank you for everything.

    Dema Kohen & family