McCracken, Samuel (Winter, 2010)

Dear Friends and Family, My continuing service to the Lord here at Teen Missions these past months has been an adventure in faith. God has taught me to trust in Him and His ability to orchestrate the circumstances in my life according to His wise and perfect will. We all have a choice daily, whether to trust God with our circumstances or trust our own limited ability to control them. Countless times in my life, He has proven Himself to be faithful to work things out when I have trusted in Him. “God causes all things to work together for the good of those that are the called according to His purpose,” states Romans 8:28. A recent example was in December when the time came for me to buy a plane ticket. I only had a little of the money and didnʼt know how I was going to pay for it. Knowing that prices increase as the departure date gets closer, I started to worry and fret, but God had the situation under control the whole time. He provided the ticket nine days before I left through an individual who gave me her airline miles! The fee to cash in those miles was $85.00, so my $275.00 ticket only cost $85.00! Our God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, as Genesis 22:14 says, and He does care about and provide for our needs according to His Plan. God and Teen Missions are teaching me how to be a responsible, efficient, productive servant of our Lord. While I am not all that I could be yet, I thank Jesus that I am not all that I was, and that He is patient with me as I learn to trust Him with all that I am and will be. This season of my life of serving with Teen Missions is a wonderful training ground for me and God is teaching me how to be content no matter what the circumstances in my life. I had the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving in St. Petersburg, Florida, with my good friend, Jason Kochen (a missionary with Overland Missions), and his nice family. He’s been a great friend and has given me emotional support and wise counsel that I need sometimes. We attend the same church in Merritt Island, Destiny Community Church. He’s helped me in many ways and “is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24. It was a refreshing trip with lots of great food, fun, and fellowship! For Christmas break/deputation I went to San Diego, CA, to spend the holidays visiting family and friends.

I was also very blessed to be able to go to Chandler, AZ, to spend some time with relatives, some of whom I hadn’t seen in over 10 years! It was a great trip filled with good times with family, fellowship, and of course great food! I also attended part of the annual Calvary Chapel Missions Conference at the same place where I attended Calvary Chapel Bible College from 2005-2008. Thank you very much to the people who have supported me in the past and present with your prayers and finances. You’ve been a great encouragement and help to me in my ministry and missions work here and have made it possible. I do have a continuing need to raise financial support for my monthly living expenses. Teen Missions provides free housing, so my only monthly obligation is $300 to cover my food and utilities. I haven’t received my 2010 summer team assignment yet, so the amount I need to raise to cover my expenses for the summer will range from $1,300 and $4,000 depending on which team I am asked to assist. I have a burden for the 14+ million AIDS orphans in Africa and want to help with the ministries we have there that are making a life and death difference in the orphans’ and peopleʼs lives. I work in the Video Department and love it! I do some of the daily tasks like organizing our video archive room which is a big job, (but nearly done!), filling an order when someone orders a copy of a video from the past, converting some of our vast collection of footage from the past over to DVDs and I also help run the video cameras for our daily chapel services. When Boot Camp comes around next summer, I hope to be able to film the kids, then help with editing the summer footage! One of our Bible school students, Jaja, who is here from Brazil, is an excellent video editor and also a good friend of mine. I am learning some of his skills! I hope you all are continually being blessed as you continue to persevere in the faith and be a shining light for Jesus in this world, which is getting darker every day. The light shines brighter in the darkness! “See then that you walk carefully, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, for the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

Please pray for me for pure thoughts, more discipline in my life and Godʼs financial provision for next summerʼs missions trip expenses.

Anticipating His Return,

Samuel McCracken

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