The Petersens in His Harvest – Spring 2009
PREPARING FOR SUMMER
The orange trees have blossomed, the days are growing longer and our grass is beginning to grow again…all signs that summer is fast approaching. At Teen Missions, the four Big Top tents have gone up this week in preparation for our 2009 Boot Camp training. New photos of the 2009 leaders and team members are in our hallway and prayer closet as they are prayed for each day. A new ‘carousel’ water swing has been installed in Alligator Lake and nearly a dozen canoes have been repaired and painted. We have also focused on long overdue repairs to our volunteer housing trailers on Heavenly Street and on the roof of our main office building. Steve is teaching Synthesis III (1st Samuel thru Ruth) at the Florida Free BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center (BMW) this term. He enjoys handling the routine maintenance tasks on the computer network and is also assisting the supervisors of our Video, Database, Web, Promotion and Personnel Departments. Gay has coordinated housing for all of our winter volunteers and staff guests on Heavenly Street. She has also been busy proof-reading TMI publications and just finished working on an overhaul of our Staff Training Manual. Meanwhile, she is also homeschooling Timothy and managing the daily needs of the Petersen household.
SUMMER BOOT CAMPS & RUSSIA
Currently, our summer team to Russia is small with four team members registered. Meanwhile, our Russian BMW has bravely endured their 1st harsh winter and cold temperatures. They began an outreach to the children of the local village but have faced hardships after local officials prohibited them from using their first meeting location in the town center. We are grateful for their perseverance and for the efforts of our volunteer teachers and local Russian Pastors. We are eager to return this summer to assist them in running the Russian Boot Camp and continuing renovations on the BMW building and on other development projects on our new property.
Timothy is registered as a team member on his first Peanut Boot Camp team! He is VERY excited and has been diligent in asking many friends to be his prayer partner. He informed us that he had prayed to receive Jesus as his Savior and has already shown efforts at being a Godly example with friends. Faith is enjoying a visit from Grandma Joy this spring and is also excited to return to Russia this summer. Gay is preparing to run the Peanut Boot Camp again this year and Steve plans to divide his time at Boot Camp between teaching Personal Evangelism, speaking at evening rally messages, and seeing to the needs of our Video and Computer Departments.
AFTER SUMMER PLANS
We hope to return to the US at the end of August. We would like to take a short trip to share about Teen Missions ministry in September (Florida, Georgia and South Carolina) and then a longer trip in December to include Colorado and states along the way from Florida. Please let us know if you might be able to arrange for us to share at churches, youth groups, or schools in your area.
THANK YOU for your prayers, encouragement and support over the years. We are so grateful to the Lord for each of you as we partner together to make disciples in these last days!
For the endurance of our Russian staff and students this first winter
For God’s provision for all our needs in spite of the tough economy
For Timothy & Faith as they’ve grown spiritually and physically
For the chance we had to spend time with Grandparents this winter and spring
For safety as we complete setting up Big Tops, the Obstacle Course and other Boot Camp sites
For our Philippines and India Boot Camps as they run this spring
For safety and anointing as we train and travel with our summer team to Russia
For the recruitment and training of our Russian team members and leaders
Together in His Harvest,
Steve, Gay, Timothy & Faith Petersen
Is 6:8 / Heb. 11:1 / Phil 2:22&20 / Gal. 2:20