Myers’ Snail Mail – Fall 2009
The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers in the land,
The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains… For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.
This poem is a perfect way to describe our summer spent in Switzerland. God truly blessed us with yet another amazing group of young believers who spent their summer of service ministering to others in this spiritually needy land. Our time together has come and gone, and each of us has returned home. What has remained behind us though, is the sweet aroma left by our team’s pure desire to serve others and to see God glorified through their actions and testimony.
We completed the task appointed to us: the painting of the Schlossli (a small castle), a job that at the outset seemed insurmountable. Before painting could begin, we had to scrape the entire dwelling to remove the old paint. The castle is covered in 2” shingles and each had to be individually scraped. A large part of the house is also intricate wood work that also had to be sanded by hand. Once the old paint was removed, we washed the castle’s entire façade. Only after those two tasks did we begin to paint, not one coat or two coats, but three!!! And the team did it all with 2” paint brushes due to the detailed and intricate nature of the project. The team persevered and conquered all obstacles, whether physical or spiritual. They worked every day with the best of attitudes, showing those around them that it was not only their job, but their joy and pleasure to serve them. More than anything, that constant attitude made the strongest impression on the staff of the YWAM (Youth With A Mission) base, their guests and neighbors as well.
As leaders, we hope that the team will not only remember what they accomplished on the work site, but more importantly, what the Lord has done in their own hearts and lives through the things they experienced on a Teen Missions team. God gave us all so many opportunities this summer to learn more of what it means to follow Him, not only on the mission field, but in our daily lives as well. We are to take up our crosses not only on summer mission trips, but daily, no matter where we are or what we are doing.
Thank you team mates for such an incredible summer…for every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.
After our summer journey, we came home and unpacked, only to find ourselves packing up again a few short days later for our annual deputation time in Tucson, Arizona. Before arriving in Arizona, we made a weekend detour to Missouri to visit Mike’s sister, her husband and their three children. Kenya and Isabelle enjoyed every moment of play time they had with their cousins. In Tucson, we benefited from the much-needed time of fellowship we had with friends and family we only get to see once a year. When we were not out speaking about Teen Missions or visiting with friends, we were normally in the pool at Mike’s parents’ house. Both our girls are fishes, although try as she might, Isabelle cannot swim without assistance yet. We are glad to be home now…we really haven’t been home for about three months. Life for the next little while will go back to “normal”. Thank you to all of you who welcomed us into your homes and churches. The Lord has given us precious gifts in each of you.
Our sweet Kenya, who turned five on September 25th, has started school. Our fridge is adorned with all the art and crafts she brings home. She enjoys her “away” time very much and has made some new friends. We will be putting her into gymnastics again this year, so she will be a busy girl. Wouldn’t it be exciting if she qualified for the 2016 summer Olympics? Isabelle (or our little firecracker as we affectionately call her) is nearing the “terrible” two stage. Our problem is that whether she is being naughty or nice, she is irresistibly cute no matter what she does. Like her sister before her, she has us wrapped around her finger. She is talking quite a bit now and surprises us with new words and ideas that she has come up with almost daily.
We want to continue to thank each one of you for taking a personal interest in our ministry with Teen Missions and in our family. We could not be here without your constant encouragement, prayers and support. The Lord truly shows His goodness to us through each of you. May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness to us.
Mike, Michelle, Kenya and Isabelle Myers
Please continue to uphold us in prayer:
1. Regular and fulfilling time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer. Our quiet time with the Lord is the most important part of any day and yet it is so easy to get distracted and not do it. Please pray that we would be disciplined in this area. May we give God our best.
2. Direction concerning Kenya’s schooling. We are still seeking the Lord about whether to begin home schooling next fall. She will start Kindergarten next year.
3. Fruitfulness…“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may be spread rapidly and be honored…” (2 Thess. 3:1)
4. That the Lord would bring Kenya and Isabelle to a full knowledge of the truth about Him. We pray that our girls would choose to follow God and His ways starting early in life and that they would never waiver from that path.
Please pray that the Lord would continue to give us wisdom as we raise them.