Dear Family and Friends: Do you find yourself putting ’09 for the year instead of ’10 like I do? We all get into habits—some good and some bad. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to change, even something as simple as writing the year. And yet we are told to put off the old and put on the new in Ephesians 4:22-24: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Isn’t it nice to know that we have God on our side, helping us to change, to become more like Him? As I mentioned in our last letter, I was able to go home in October to be with my father as he was dying. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but also one of the best things I’ve done. It meant a lot to Dad to know that I was there for him. We, both of my brothers and I, were there for my dad’s last birthday where we celebrated his 89 years with memories of his life. He made some corrections and additions to family stories. Many thanks go to my brother, Jim, for making copies of old pictures and directing the time of memories. We did more remembering and celebrating of Dad’s life at his memorial service in November. My brothers and I will return to California in February or March to begin the long process of emptying the house and readying it for sale.
Bob had a busy season of song over the last few months with several concerts. My personal favorites were listening to him do the tenor solos (Comfort Ye and Every Valley) at the Sing-A-Long Messiah held at our church, O Holy Night at the Christmas Eve service and In The Place Where Christ Was Born at Sunday service. This year Bob and I celebrate 20 years of marriage and 20 years of ministry together. Can you believe it’s been that long? We were looking over our newsletters from the last 20 years and remembering the ways that God has blessed us and protected us in our travels. Many people have also blessed us over the years and we hope that we have been a blessing to others while we’ve been at Teen Missions. We praise God for His goodness to us. Many people have asked us what we will be doing this next summer—at this time, we are scheduled to lead a Preteen Team to Petric, Bulgaria in eastern Europe. Our team will be helping to renovate an old farm into a youth camp by doing some painting and landscaping. We will also have opportunities to share the Gospel in local churches. Our travel back to the U.S. will take us through London where we will spend the night and do a bit of sightseeing. Pray with us as we ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest field. Bob and I had a quiet Christmas and New Years at home after all the travels we had earlier this fall. We worked on some projects at home—painting walls and baseboards and replacing flooring ruined by water a while back (Hurricane Faye dropped 20+ inches in less than 24 hours and some of that water unfortunately made it into the house.) At the end of our time off, we discovered that our heater had died. But God is good. We still have some wool clothing, plenty of blankets, and a small electric heater. After living in a cold house (lows in the lower 30’s, which is cold for Florida) for a week, we had the heater replaced—an expense we did not expect. We are looking forward to being warm again, or at least not cold!
We thank God for you and for your goodness to us as we minister for the Lord here at Teen Missions. Without you, we couldn’t be here. Again, we thank you.
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost