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Introducing Tsjibbe deJong
I’m Tsjibbe (pronounced “Chibba”) deJong. This is my beloved, Kara, and our children, Zoe (5) and Isaac (born in March this year).
I grew up on a dairy farm outside Dunnville, Ontario, and attended Heritage Christian School from K-12. After graduating, I spent a year at Brock before transferring to Redeemer. At Redeemer I majored in English Literature and minored in Political Science and Religion. It was at Redeemer that I met Kara, a native of Fergus, ON, who was taking Psychology and Theater Arts. We married in 2014 and finished our degrees together. It was during this time that I began to feel called to ministry.
It was also during our last semester at Redeemer that we were blessed with our beautiful daughter Zoe. Finishing Redeemer in 2017, I spent a year landscaping and learning my languages while Kara stayed at home with our daughter and later took a job at Beacon Home in Dunnville, where she worked for four years.
It’s hard to believe that my four years of studying at CRTS are almost finished! God has richly blessed us during these seasons of study. I am thankful for all the people he has placed on our path during this time – teachers, mentors, and new friends – who have encouraged and taught and challenged and prayed for us. With their help I have grown in knowledge and love for our Savior. The experiences that we’ve had, not only in seminary but also while doing internships in Strathroy and Edmonton and while teaching catechism in Attercliffe, have been of inestimable value and have only increased our eagerness to enter into fulltime ministry with all of the delights and challenges that will be ours.
We'll be heading out West to Lethbridge this May and will remain there for the better part of a year. Halfway through that, I will, Lord willing, be coming back to Ontario to do my classical examination.
It is a sort of sweet sorrow to be finishing up our time in this season of life, but we look forward to seeing where God will guide us next.