Dear Friends and Family,
I am still trying to grasp the fact that it is the middle of April and that Boot Camp begins in less than two months. The weather has finally warmed up and we are starting to feel the hints of humidity and mosquitoes.
We are still slated to lead the China team this summer. Praise the Lord—our kids have received all of their needed support! Thank you so much for your generosity! As of this date, we have 18 team members—eight boys and ten girls. We also have three other leaders. Josiah is a student here at the Florida Free Teen Missions BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center. Taylor is a student at Asbury University. Her parents are on staff here and she led with us to Cambodia and Indonesia in 2008. Arlissa was one of Danae’s leaders to Malawi last summer, so Danae is really excited about that. Please pray that we will be a unified leadership and for godly wisdom as we deal with the team members. Please pray for health and safety while we are in China and in all of our travels.
Our office is getting busier as we get closer to the summer. The phone calls and emails are increasing. As of this date, we have over 550 team members and leaders registered to go on our summer trips. Paul headed to Scotland and Nepal (via India) this month to do set-up for our next summer’s teams. Needless to say, he was excited! However he was “stuck” in Scotland for almost two weeks due to the Iceland volcano. He is now home, but never made it to Nepal.
Lindsay: In our last letter, we wrote that her high school soccer team was hoping for a run at the state title. On February 11, 2010, the Merritt Island High School Girl’s Soccer team won the 4A State Championship! Paul and I acquired much more grey hair through their postseason run as most games were won in overtime. Her club team won their region and won the state title this past weekend. That team will be traveling to Oklahoma in June to play in the Southeast Regionals. A win there would put them in the Nationals.
She continues to do well in school and has been busy “catching up” from when her high school soccer season was going on. We spent spring break this year looking at a few Christian colleges. Lord willing, she will be attending Bryan College (in Dayton, Tennessee) after graduation in May, 2011 on a soccer scholarship (and hopefully, academic scholarships). We were very impressed with Bryan—their commitment to putting “Christ Above All” in their academics and sports programs. The coach is a missionary kid from Ecuador and he also impressed us with his commitment to Christ first and foremost. We are excited to watch how the Lord is going to orchestrate what needs to be done in order for her to attend a Christian college.
Soon, she will begin her job hunting adventures. Please pray that the Lord will provide a job for her this summer. She is hoping to save for college and a laptop. Also, please pray for her health and safety this summer (especially as she drives).
Colton: Colton is now officially a teenager. He is almost as tall as me! He is really excited about
going to China. We are waiting till the last minute to buy his boots as his shoe size seems to change almost daily! He continues to do well in middle school. He is busy cutting lawns to save up spending money for this summer. Please pray that he will be sensitive to all the Lord wants to teach him this summer. Also, pray for his adjustment as a “team member” this summer—not a leader’s kid.
Danae: Danae just turned 12. She has really enjoyed playing “Upward Basketball” these past couple of months. We visited the middle school she will be attending and she is excited about this new phase in her life—especially changing classes and having a locker. She enjoys babysitting with Lindsay occasionally and is saving her money for China. Please pray that Danae will grow in her relationship with the Lord this summer and that her walk will be solidified before she starts middle school.
B.J.: He continues to keep us on our toes with his humor and antics. Soccer is keeping him (and us) busy and he is doing well in fourth grade. He is really excited about going to China. Please pray that BJ will see a need for Christ to be a part of every area of his life.
Teen Missions continues to minister all over the world. Here is a small excerpt from a report from our base in Zambia:
“It happens every time we go for visitation. My heart is so touched by the needs of these people. Let me tell you of one of our Kapelamekwa orphans. Her name is Bether Matolo and she is 13 years old. Her parents are both dead and she lives with guardians who are unable to give any school support to her. Bether faces a very uncertain future because if she isn’t in school, she will be forced to marry and she is very afraid of that. Many of her friends have already married and their lives are not good. Teen Missions was able to help Bether pay her school fees and she is currently in grade 8 at Kapelamekwa Basic School. Bether says this, “ Thank God for Teen Missions. Without Teen Missions this time, I would have been married because of not going to school.” Teen Missions is bringing revival in the lives of all ages: babies, children, teens, and adults.”
Hopefully, this catches you up on the adventures of the Kostner family. We appreciate your part in
our ministry—whether it be praying for us and/or supporting us financially. Please check the Teen Missions web site (www.teenmissions.org) for bi-weekly updates during our China adventures!
Paul, Beth, Lindsay, Colton, Danae and BJ Kostner