Tuesday, September 13, 2011

You Have Refreshed Us....by Julie Mosse'

Our letters of late have contained quite a bit of emotion this last year. This one will be no different...except that it will be a love letter.

We arrived in the US this June feeling very tired, discouraged, and confused. Our journey with God these last few years has tested us, revealed weakness, and challenged us to grow. As you all know, we wondered if we should or even could continue in cross-cultural ministry.

Well, we are back in Ukraine...arrived after 24 hours of travel on Julie’s birthday, August 24. And we want to thank you for the refreshment, the encouragement, and love you have shown us this summer.
We were able to see many of you in our travels, and you listened to us, encouraged us, gave us space, and got in our faces. Many of you told us your own stories as well… stories of trusting God when it got very hard for you.
Proverbs says, “ pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Thank you for ministering to our souls with words of encouragement this summer. Proverbs also says, “the teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, to turn aside from the snares of death.” Thank you to many of you who have spoken into our lives with words of wisdom. We have so needed to continue to be sharpened by truth.

God also blessed us with His glory and presence in His creation. To gaze at the Pacific Ocean and realize He’s bigger… To admire Yosemite’s majestic mountain views and know that He is more unmovable...to wonder at old California Redwoods towering overhead and rejoice that He is ageless... THANK YOU, Lord, for Your mercies are new every morning, Your steadfast love never ceases...great is Your faithfulness!