Dear Family and Friends,
As I sit down to write this letter, I’m looking at boxes and furniture wrapped in bubble wrap. My part of the treasures from my parents’ house arrived today. Bob and I worked until dark unpacking crates—we got four of the five emptied and moved into the house. I am looking forward to enjoying the things from my parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents. As I think about the heritage from my earthly family, I am also deeply appreciative of the heritage I have from my heavenly Father. Hebrews 12:1 tells us that we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.” It is good to know that others have gone on before us and are cheering us on. We are reminded in I Corinthians 12 that we are a part of the body of Christ, we don’t stand alone! Most of the crates were marked “Fragile, Handle With Care.” So too, we need to be encouragers to each other, to build up and not tear down. Isn’t it amazing the lessons God can teach us withpacking crates filled with treasures!
Bob and I have had a busy year so far. I went to California for a week at the end of February to pack the treasures that arrived today. It was good to spend the week with my brothers as we began the process of emptying my parent’s house.
The last few months have been filled with many church and music activities that kept us going in the evenings and on weekends. Bob led the congregational singing at the Appalachian Gospel program at church and sang in several concerts. At the Spring Praise Fest that our local church hosts, I helped in the prayer tent. What a blessing it was to go to God on behalf of people who asked for prayer.
In our last letter we told you we were leading the Preteen team to Bulgaria. Unfortunately, that team did not fill and was cancelled. So we went to plan B and then on to plan C. We are now leading the Preteen team to Canada. We will be going to Outlook, Saskatchewan, to Teen Missions new property in Canada. We got this property just last summer and hope to be able to expand Teen Missions work in Canada there. Last August several staff went up for a couple of weeks and began the process of readying the camp for use. Several buildings were cleaned and painted. Our team will continue the process with three buildings to paint and a concrete tile patio to put down at the kitchen entrance. We are looking forward to helping to get the camp ready for use. At this time we have eight boys and 10 girls on our team. Pray with us that God will use us this summer and that we will all grow in our Christian walk. It is a privilege to serve the Lord and we thank God that we have been called to do so.
One of the first groups to use the camp will be the Missionaries To Canada (MTC). Young adults from Mongolia, Korea and Indonesia will be coming to Outlook for training. Once training is finished, they will go on the road in Canada, spending a week in each town sharing the love of God through music, testimonies, puppets and dramas in churches, nursing homes and schools. Their time in each location ends with a banquet where people will get to try food from other countries. We hope and pray that the MTCs will be able to obtain visas to get into the US so they can come to the Lord’s Boot Camp in Florida in 2011.
As usual, Bob will also be leading the International Costume Choir Peanut Team. He enjoys working with the 7-9 year-old age group. I am amazed with the patience he has with the kids. He also gets to be Scripture Sam—a time when he and his sidekick, Object, give the kids an object lesson on things like Neatness, Lying and Controlling the Tongue.
Besides the summer teams, God continues to use us at Teen Missions during the year as we work behind the scenes to get ready for the summer. We also get to help our overseas bases—Bob with literature needs and I still audit the finance records and try to help them to be good stewards of the finances God has provided. We thank God that we can serve Him in these ways and we thank God for you. You are the reason we can do what we do for the Lord. Thank you.
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost
955 Butia St.
Merritt Island, FL 32953