Dear Family and Friends,
Boot Camp was different for us this year. The dates for Mustard Seeds were changed so that their Commissioning coincided with that of Early Boot Camp. That meant that I was not available for Super Boot Camp registration.
It was hard to let go and let my coworker Paula handle the whole thing. With most of the Finance staff busy in other areas I know that she missed me a lot on those four days I was gone, but everything got done. Mustard Seeds was different this year. The Mustards Seeds and parents were housed in covered wagons. The theme was a western cowboy theme. We had a corral and hitching post in the Mustard Seed tent and stick ponies for the teams. The covered wagons actually worked well—each end was screened and had a fan to move the air. I stayed in a tent because the wagons were full. We had 15 four to six year olds in the program this year. Some had been before, but there are always new ones coming. Some of my former Mustard Seeds are old enough to go into the Peanut or Preteen program. Somehow, you always remember them at the age when they first came, so it is hard to realize that they are getting older and ready to move on to the next step. When I would see them I would give them a hug and it is always nice to get a hug from a familiar face.
We (summer staff) were kept busy this summer because there were not many of us. Emery, who is usually here, was with a team (more about that later). Besides my usual finance duties, I had the Saturday/Sunday shift of being on phone duty. I enjoyed it because we didn’t have many calls. I had the joy of having Ava (grandaughter) with me most of the time while her parents worked. It was fun to watch her learn to crawl and stand up. Now she is trying to take a few steps. It’s hard to believe that she will be one on October 11. Being a grandma is fun!
Now that all the staff are back, the Finance Department is busy getting caught up from the summer and some projects that have been on hold for a while. A couple of the Bible school students who were assigned to Finance a few years ago are back as staff now. It’s great to have Danny and Amanda back. I’ve been saving the projects mentioned earlier for them.
On the homefront, I’ve been trying to help my mother more since my dad died. My sisters help when they can, but I am the one who is in the area. We are hoping she will be able to stay in her trailer until at least Christmas when my sisters will be around to help with any changes in living arrangements we need to make. Thanks for your prayers. I miss my dad, but I know he’s enjoying being with Jesus.
News from Emery
I found out in May that I was going with the Indiana Team. I was asked to drive the bus since they had no driver on the team and a van was too small. Instead of a preteen team, which it usually is, it was a teen team this year. We took two days to travel and stayed overnight at Jim and Judy Person’s house in Georgia. It was good to see them and catch up on old times. We went to six fairs at different times. Because the team often went to three different fairs each night, I made sure that they had the proper equipment and supplies for each vehicle. Usually we left at 4:00 p.m. so the team could get in before they had to pay for tickets. We would get back to Triple T Ministry, in Evansville, around 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. I was also able to help the ministry by cleaning out and organizing some storage areas. We had many chances to share in churches on weekends and at the Saturday night rallies at TTT. I thank the Lord for safety in all the traveling we did—around 2,500 miles in just four weeks. I had fun meeting and getting to know the team members and making some good friends.
During Boot Camp they needed someone to go to Wisconsin to pick up a three-wheel motorcycle for the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM) that will be used for raising money for the Sunday School circuits we have overseas. Joseph didn’t get to go because it was a fast trip and we were in a small truck and needed two drivers. We had a good trip and got home safely with the “Lesson.” MSSM has circuits in Malawi and Zambia. Each circuit goes to six different locations in a week. The circuit riders (graduates of our Bible schools in country) not only teach Sunday school to children and adults, they teach literacy and leadership classes—several adults out in the bush are excited to learn to read for the first time. If you would like to host the “Lesson” in your church to help us spread the word about what God is doing through this ministry, please let us know.
Before we left for Indiana, I did one bus run to the airport to drop off a team going to Zambia. I missed doing all the bus runs after Commissioning and picking up teams coming back for Debrief. Joseph, who usually goes with me on those bus runs, was a big help to drivers who did them while I was gone. He’s gone with me for so many years, he knows his way around the airports and parking lots pretty well.
I was back in Florida for one week before our deputation time. I went to Portland, Oregon, to see my family. We had a surprise 88th Birthday Party for my mom. Since her birthday is not until December, she was definitely surprised! We got everything done in time for the party. Mom had a good time getting to see some old friends and relatives she had not seen for awhile. The time went by too fast for all. Back at home, I managed to get some things done at the house before going back to work.
The 2011 Summer Teams brochure was written in June and printed so we could hand them out to team members returning to Florida for Debrief. Since the brochure is already out and on Teen Missions website, we have kids and leaders signing up already. So, everything starts again even earlier for next year!
Thank you for your prayers.