Dear Praying Friends,
We knew the inevitability of this letter, but actually writing it has been difficult. The time has come to put closure on our service as overseas missionaries – the official end date with Greater Europe Mission was the end of July and we will no longer be serving with Parkside Church. The finality of ending the twenty-eight years of ministry we loved, and not returning to the country and the people who still so acutely need the hope of the Gospel is very sad for us. A huge part of our hearts remains with our beloved Germany and our wonderful friends and ministry partners.
In our Christmas letter, we asked you to pray for wisdom and guidance as we sought our next steps for ministry and work in this next season. These last few months have brought opportunity and clarity in an unexpected way. The disappointment and discouragement we faced in being unable to enter the type of ministry opportunity we had hoped to find in the States was disheartening. Our ministry experience and aptitudes were not valued in the US context, but by God’s grace we have landed in a position that draws from all the ways we have ministered in the past, Jeffrey’s recent chaplaincy training, and also our nursing, legal and business backgrounds. We will be working as certified senior advisors to help seniors and their families find the right living situation when the senior is no longer able to thrive at home. It is often a time of much stress and confusion, and we will be able to offer compassionate expert use as a free service to the whole family. We are excited at this opportunity, and also very pleased that we are able to be closer to at least part of our family in Cincinnati. God’s goodness to us has been clearly evident in his sustaining grace and abundant provision over these months of transition since our return from Germany two years ago.
*Pray for wisdom and the ability to transition well as the Robinsons enter into completely new work and ministry in Cincinnati Ohio, both in an urban setting and in service to seniors.
*Praise for all the many years of missionary service for the Robinsons in Germany. Although they are sad to no longer be ministering there, they are thankful for the love, prayers and support of the Parkside family over the decades of their service. Pray for a smooth closure to their work with Greater Europe Mission.
*Continue to pray for all the committed followers of Christ in Leipzig who face deepening challenges to their faith, but also much joy as they see individuals come to faith. The task before them is daunting, but God is clearly at work in their wonderful city. You will all remain in our hearts and prayers!
*Praise for a Spirit-filled Pentecost week of worship, training and encouragement, for adults and children alike, at the Andreas Church in Leipzig. Pray all who gathered will return to their respective cities with renewed strength in Christ as Gospel witnesses.
*Pray for peace and perseverance in the midst of transition as the Robinsons relocate to Cincinnati, and wisdom and guidance as they enter into a new area of ministry and work.