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May 17 2011

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McCracken, Samuel (Spring 2011)

Ron getting Baptized

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” – Ephesians 3:20

We experienced an unexpected salvation decision at Teen Missions (TMI)! Ron, a 14-year old teenager from Oak Hills Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia, traveled down during his spring break to volunteer at TMI. He talked to his leader, John, about not being baptized, and John discovered that Ron had never accepted Jesus as his Savior! Ron accepted Jesus into his heart as his Lord and Savior and was baptized later that day in our lake. Another soul found rest in Jesus while all heaven rejoiced! This is another example of God using TMI to make a difference in people’s lives every day. This summer, we have 710 leaders and kids going on 34 teams to 30 different countries! To God be all the glory for the great things He is accomplishing through us, His vessels.

I am excited for my new summer assignment to help lead the South Africa Preteens Team. We have fourteen kids at ages 10 through 13 signed up! We will be partnering with The Manna Project, a ministry that gives loaves of bread with Bible scriptures on them to the poor. We will work among the poor and needy squatter villages (i.e. the homeless). We will also present the Gospel at churches through music, puppets, and dramas. However, I need to raise $2,490 to help lead this team. Thus far, I have $900. Please pray about being a financial partner with me on this mission trip. I would also appreciate your faithful prayers for me to minister to others by the gift of grace I’ve received from Jesus.

Painting the Retreat Center

For those that do not know about TMI’s work in South Africa, I am including details for your information. The TMI South Africa base is located in Pyramid, outside the capitol of Pretoria. Each year, the staff run the TMI Boot Camp as well as operate a BiBle, Missionary, & Work Training Center. Graduates from our Training Center often become staff that serve in our Rescue Units. These Rescue Units act as outposts providing food and medicine to the very needy in South Africa. The Units are crucial in the fight against the AIDS epidemic in sub-Sahara Africa, an epidemic that killed 17 million adults, leaving 13 million children who are alone and dying daily without much help. God blessed us with 37 Rescue Units throughout Africa. Through these Units, TMI is making a big difference in the lives of the people in Africa.

Drilling to treat termites

The work I am doing around TMI is diverse, fun, and interesting! Some of the projects I was blessed to work on include preparing and helping paint our conference center lodges for use, organizing our paint department, helping treat for termites around our lodges, landscaping our beautiful property, and helping organize our overseas tool room. Through my work, God is building solid work habits in me, especially teaching me not to procrastinate. We all have the same amount of time to work, and it matters a lot to God how we use our time! “Redeeming the time for the days are evil,” Ephesians 5:16 says. Recently, I became more appreciative of the fact that my salvation is a free gift of God’s abundant grace. In other religions, people have to strive to earn God’s grace. Putting it in perspective, all of our righteous acts “are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

As I continue my mission work, may God bless you as you seek and serve Him in your mission field, the people you know. Thanks to all who have been praying for me and have sacrificially given to financially support me. I appreciate your prayers and financial support that benefit my ministry and spiritual growth.

Your friend in Christ,

Samuel McCracken Cell (321) 806-0613

Prayer Requests:

• Effective time management • Continual purity of heart and mind • God’s provision of funds for my summer missions trip to South Africa

Praises:

• A bigger and better scooter for transportation • God’s faithfulness to me

 

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