Yost Post – Fall 2009
Our last newsletter left you hanging because we did not know what we would be doing during the summer. But God did! Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
In mid-May, we were asked to lead the Germany Preteen Team to Camp Siloah in Eastern Germany. Teen Missions has sent several teams over the years since Germany was reunified in 1991. We’d heard much about Siloah and looked forward to actually going there ourselves. We’d also met some of the Siloah staff when they came to Teen Missions to volunteer in years past. Bob knew them better because he’d had some of them helping him to collate verse packets in the Literature Warehouse on one of their visits.
Our team was small—only 13 kids, six boys and seven girls, but we managed to get a lot of work done for Siloah. We also had two of our Bible, Missionary, & Work Training Center (BMW) students, Shannon and Nathan, as leaders with us. Our projects included stripping a mobile bee wagon down to the metal framework, painting the metal and putting siding on it to turn it into a portable chicken house. The kids enjoyed the destructive part of that job!
Siloah has several camps during the summer and we were able to help them prepare for the people who were coming. The largest camp was Tent Town—1,200 people who came for worship and workshops. There were also programs for the kids. Our team participated in the morning program for their age group and also did three presentations (puppets and singing) for different age groups. The next group was Harvest Camp. People from Poland, Slovakia and South Korea came to help with the fruit harvest—cherries, plums and apples. Besides helping set up tents for the harvesters, the highlight with this group was the worship service we all had together. The service was truly international— done in German and translated into Polish, English and Korean. You really had to watch your translator and tune your ear to the proper language. It was a joy to hear worship songs sung in several languages at the same time—a small taste of heavenly choirs to come.
We also put wooden siding on two containers that will eventually be used as a mobile kitchen and clean-up area for Tent Town and removed the plaster on two brick walls in a storeroom. Besides the presentations we did for the camps at Siloah, we did presentations at a home for the handicapped and three kindergartens (the German equivalent of daycare centers).
Sightseeing was not left out. We took the train to Eisenach and a bus up to Hohe Sohne, a beautiful canyon that we walked through on our way to Wartburg Castle. We went down into the canyon and then had to walk up (and up) to the castle for a guided tour. Martin Luther spent some time at Wartburg translating the New Testament. The next weekend we took the train to Erfurt for some sightseeing and, more importantly (to the kids), some shopping!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Germany, getting to know our hosts at Siloah and helping them with their ministry.
September found Bob visiting his mother in Sun City, Arizona. Both his brother and sister were there also, so they had a mini-family reunion. I went to Walnut Creek to spend time with my father. Bob joined me there after his long weekend with his mother. We were quite busy helping around the house. I worked on cleaning one part of the garage, a huge job if you’ve ever seen my parent’s garage. Bob did several chores outside—chopping wood, raking leaves and cleaning gutters. Unfortunately, my father’s health is not good and we don’t expect him to live much past his birthday, October 3. At this writing, my brothers are with Dad and I will be returning to California soon to be with him until he passes away. (He died October 11, peacefully at home.)
We thank you for your prayers and support.
Without you, we would not be able to
serve the Lord here at Teen Missions.
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost
955 Butia St.
Merritt Island, FL 32953