a personal letter from Josh

Dear Friends and supporters:

I’m sorry to let you know that Lindsey and I have decided to return home to Texas. During our time here in Ukraine, God has made it clear to me that I am not called to full time mission work. However, we understand the importance of missions and will continue to participate and support them. I know that this is disappointing for many of you and hard to understand, but know that I love the Lord and want to follow his leading and not my own.

Having been here just over 3 months, I’ve had a lot of time for self evaluation and meditation on my motives for coming here. First, it is clear to me that it wasn’t because I have a calling for full time mission work, but rather I was trying to please Lindsey and the love she has for the Ukrainian people. Secondly, I let the money be a large deciding factor in us coming here. When we first began pursuing our mission work, the funds quickly started to accumulate. During this time, I still felt unsure about coming to Ukraine, but I saw the growing funds and let it lead me. However, just because the funds are available doesn’t mean you start building a building without first establishing its foundation.

On coming to this conclusion I have had to ask a lot of hard questions and make some hard decisions. I honestly believe that God brought me here to reveal these things to me that I may better serve him. Had I known what I know now I would have not pursued this path as hard as I have, but sometimes this is how we learn. I hope you will forgive me in my unplanned misleading when I told you that I was called to be a missionary. Lindsey and I both strongly love the Lord and want to serve him wherever we are, we’re just trying to figure out exactly where and how to serve him.

Upon our return home on August 13, I will return to my career as an electrician. Lindsey will continue full-time mission work with Sons of Salvation in their administrative and communications department. She will also help lead and facilitate short-term mission trips worldwide as needed; her first assignment being in the Bahamas in October. We both will serve in church ministries as well.

As far as our funds are concerned, we will no longer need any more continuing support sent for our work in Ukraine. The funds we have already received will continue to be used in Lindsey’s ongoing mission work with Sons of Salvation.

Thank you for your understanding and prayers as we are making this transition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email, as we do not yet have a USA phone number.

With my deepest gratitude,

Josh Parks

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dad
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 22:33:47

    There is no shame in changing your direction, if that change puts you on the course to where you belong.
    God is still our pilot and still in control.
    Love Dad

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  2. ukrainiac
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 06:55:52

    Know that we are praying for you both as you make this transition. I wish we had been able to connect in person during your short time in Ukraine, but apparently that was not the plan!

    I’m encouraged by your transparency and willingness to go and do whatever the Lord wills. Your time here was not wasted. Not only have you had time to personally grow, you have touched many lives along the way.

    To God be the glory!

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  4. Rubye Dacon
    Jul 30, 2008 @ 10:01:37

    The apostle Paul was clearly headed for Asia when God changed his direction and attention toward Macedonia. And the rest is history, as they say. There is a saying that it is easier to steer a car once it’s moving, so Josh made the move in order to find the true direction for his life. God does not give a GUARANTEE about anything except that He will always be with us. God bless.
    Rubye, a prayer partner

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