Lane Newsletter – Spring 2009
Betty and I greet you in the Blessed Name of Jesus our Risen Savior. What a joy it is to our lives this Easter season to know Jesus is alive and well. We pray this letter finds you enjoying the best of health and that your jobs are secure.
Spring has brought new life to the orange trees that are full of the sweet fragrance of their white blossoms. Even the Florida pinetrees have new growth that look like tiny crosses.
I have just returned from Belize and Ecuador where I visited two of our BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center (BMW) bases. My trip went very well, except for getting altitude sickness in Ecuador for two days. The Teen Missions base there is about 9,000 ft. above sea level. It left me weak and tired on my return home.
Betty and I took a trip up North in January and February that went well, except that we found the weather colder this year starting in Atlanta, Georgia where it was 17 degrees, and in Windsor, Canada it was near zero. There was plenty of snow in Canada and in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was beautiful to look at from inside the house out the window. Despite the cold weather, the Leader Seminars were a success.
Our work at the office has kept Betty busy placing leaders on the summer teams and me overseeing the volunteers as they help to repair our buildings and mobile homes. The first of April, I started placing equipment in place for the six Big Top tents, so that it is all ready to be put up. Five smaller tents will be erected in April, but May 2nd will be Big Top #1 day for all the staff families and volunteers to help put it up. It is the largest, having five poles, which will seat 2,000 people. It will be a fun day with a barbeque lunch.
We’ve celebrated four birthdays this month. Betty, our oldest son Robert, Desiree, and mine was the first week of March; I turned 78 this year. We also attended two of the four weddings held this month.
Betty and I have been asked to go back to Europe again this summer. We’re going to Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia on a fact-finding mission to purchase property to start a BMW. We’ll also be setting up a few teams for 2010. Next year, Teen Missions will celebrate 40 years of ministry. Teen Missions has trained over 38,000 youth for overseas missionary service, started and operated 25 BMWs, and many other overseas ministries with youth. We thank the Lord for blessing Teen Missions in such a great way. We also thank Him that we have been a part of this ministry.
Betty and I have had all our annual medical check-up and were given the okay for another year. This is our 32nd year with Teen Missions. Thank God for such a wonderful blessed journey.
May God keep you and bless you.
In Christ’s love,
Bob and Betty Lane