As of last week, Shannon and I officially put in our resignation from missionary service with the General Board of Global Ministries. This has not been an easy decision for us. Ever since the accident we fully intended to return to our ministry and our lives in Ukraine. We so deeply have wanted to go serve and live with our Ukrainian friends, so many who have become like family. But as more time has passed, it has become clear for multiple reasons that it is best for us not to return.
Although we will not be able to return to Ukraine and say goodbye, as advised by GBGM and the Russian bishop, we are immensely grateful for technology like Skype which enables us to say real goodbyes without actually being physically present. We broke the news to those in the ministry last week and since have been able to talk to many of our dear friends in person. We are also very grateful to have the opportunity for one final gathering with everyone in the ministry, at our weekly Pilgrims meeting, joining with people from the the church and the student ministry to give a final word of encouragement, hope, and love.
Shannon and I cannot express how proud we are of our Ukrainian leaders. They have stood so strong and faithful during such a trying time and they will continue to be strong and set a path for the future. We work with the very best and brightest people, they are the hope of the nation, and we really believe that. Please keep them in your prayers as they work through this news and begin to think about their future.
If you are one of our supporters, an individual or a church, we will be in contact with you shortly. During April and May we will be on a short itineration and we would be honored to share one more time with you and your church.
Thank you for all of your support during this time, and thank you for your support of God’s mission.
In His Graces,
David and Shannon