Winter Boot Camps in Africa, South America and Australia
Teen Missions Overseas Boot Camps have been running over the past few months in Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Ecuador and Australia. Hundreds of lives have been impacted as weʼve seen first-time decisions for Christ and youth mobilized to become end-time soul winners on three continents. We just received this story from Zambia where Steveʼs parents, Doug and Barb, are serving full time and have just completed their teen Boot Camps… During Boot Camp, we collected the offering and we had 16,300 kwacha which is $3.58. We also had 21 pieces of clothing donated for the offering. During the project time, the Mumena Team saw an old lady in her late 80ʼs who was sick and going to draw water, so the leaders told their team members to help her by going to the water hole and draw water for her. When they took the water to her village, they found that she stays with her son who is always out doing piece work so they can eat. This lady had no one to help her. She eats whenever her son comes back in the evening. Her home had no toilet, no bathroom and her hut was surrounded by grass. So the team went and dug her a toilet and covered it with a black plastic and sacks. They also made her a bathroom. At the moment, the lady now has a toilet and a bathroom. We plan to help her with some food if we have some left from our Debrief. All the teams have worked very hard and have accomplished much. We praise God for all He has done for us in this Boot Camp. There were 300 salvations and a good number of re-dedications.
Ministry Update for Steve and Gay
Steve has been helping in the Computer Department updating the Teen Missions website and developing Teen Missions internet promotion campaigns. One major task in November and December was optimizing Teen Missions website to rank higher in search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Steve is also continuing to teach the Gospels class this term at the Florida Free BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center and plans to begin teaching the books of Daniel and Revelation in the upcoming spring term. We have enjoyed the students both in the classroom and during visits to our home. Gay is continuing to homeschool Timothy, while Faith attends Floridaʼs VPK Preschool program at Calvary Chapel in Merritt Island. Gay has also helped with proofing literature, preparing our large bulk mailing and coordinating Teen Missions volunteer housing for guests and seasonal volunteers. She is once again coordinating the Peanut program for 7-9 year olds, so will be busy these next few months preparing for all the various aspects of that program. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season with our Florida TMI staff & student family and with Gayʼs family in Houston. Currently, we are assigned to lead the Russia Team this coming summer. We hope to run our fourth Boot Camp for the Russian teens and also do evangelism using soccer and volleyball scrimmages in local villages. Please consider sharing about our 2010 summer missions trips with youth in your church or circle of friends. Weʼd love to have more team members on our Russia Sports Team (hint hint!.. assistant leaders too!). Please contact Teen Missions for literature and DVDs to help share about our missions opportunities for your youth. We hope to be available to visit churches in the southern states during the fall of 2010, if youʼd like us to visit and share about our ministry with TMI. Thank you for all of your prayers and support over the past few months. Jesus is Worthy!
Together in His Harvest,
Steve, Gay, Timothy & Faith Petersen
Is 6:8 / Heb. 11:1 / Phil 2:22&20 / Gal. 2:20
• For hundreds of changed lives at the winter Boot Camps in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Ecuador and Australia.
• For two healthy children who are growing physically and spiritually – Timothy prayed to receive Jesus as his Savior.
• For all who support us in prayer, finances and with encouraging notes, letters and email.
• For those God has called to sign up for our summer mission trips and camps.
• For a full Peanut Boot Camp and quality Peanut leaders.
• For pastors and parents in Russia to embrace the summer Boot Camp and Bible school.
• For Godʼs anointing on our Russian Boot Camp and full national teams with quality leaders.