By David Sakul – Denver, Colorado … With representatives from each of the RMC Indonesian churches–Colorado Indonesian American Church, Rocky Mountain Indonesian American Church, Arvada Indonesian Church, and Lifehouse International Fellowship, along with support from community churches–Resurrection Anglican Fellowship and Brighter Day Fellowship–First Denver Indonesian Church consecrated their new church building October 2.

Established in 2007, First Indonesian Church rented meeting spaces until 2019 when they began to explore finding a permanent home. Members made sacrifices by selling their cars, refinancing their mortgages, and selling their valuable belongings, to make the dream come true.

After much sacrifice and searching, they purchased a building and began planning for the church consecration ceremony. When the pandemic hit, the event was rescheduled to October of 2021.

“Praise the Lord after two years, we finally come to this moment, and I can see how God has blessed us tremendously. I want to express my gratitude to all the church members who worked very hard for this event to happen. This is the moment we have been waiting for,” Widy Gara, pastor of First Denver Indonesian Adventist Church, remarked at the October 2 consecration ceremony.

The morning event, attended by 250 individuals, began with a Sabbath School discussion which included a special guest from the East Indonesia Union Conference, Happy Sibilang, who was formerly the executive secretary of the conference. The church service was led by Andrew Carpenter, Mile High Academy principal, who encouraged members with God’s promises and challenged them with the question, “Do we still believe in God’s promises?”

After the service, everyone gathered outside to reveal the church sign. Darin Gottfried, RMC vice president of finance, led out in the event.

Gottfried said it was an honor to be part of the service which “reminded me how great it is to work for the Church. I will be praying for your congregation as you continue to spread the love of Jesus in your community.”

— David Sakul is an elder at First Denver Indonesian church; photos supplied