We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to all the people who have supported us in prayer, encouraging words, and finances. How can we ever finish thanking God for the grace that has come through you, our Friends in Christ?
There are those who do not see things as we do. We thank God for those people also; those who are still “friends in the making.” We only wish the love, mercy, and transforming grace of God upon all of us poor sinners.
We can’t pretend that the journey has been easy. There are days when the situation seems completely overwhelming and we can only cry out to God in our great helplessness. The pain of what seems as unfulfilled ministry in Ireland and separation from our brothers there causes the most acute distress. The legal situation and implications of the verdict can be faced and accepted, but the uncertainty of our future with the country and people we love has brought many tears.
But in the midst of our trouble we have found God to be “Our refuge and strength,” and have found “Jesus’ yoke to be easy and His burden light.” More than anything we are so very thankful to be reconciled with God and at peace with him through faith in His Son Jesus. He is Lord of heaven and earth and in him we remain unshaken.
Stuarts Draft, VA