McCracken, Samuel (Fall 2010)

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” Psalm 54:4

Having fun at Lake Malawi

Having fun at Lake Malawi

Greetings from the mission field!

There she sat, wondering what she should do during the evening rally service this summer at the Lord’s Boot Camp. The speaker was done, and the invitation was given for anyone who wanted to come forward to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit was telling her that she should come forward, but what would her friends think? Finally, she made the decision to step forward and all heaven rejoiced as another soul was saved. The girl was nine years old, and she was one of my eleven team members on the Malawi Coloring Book/Tree Planting Preteen Team that I helped to lead this summer. This scenario is repeated numerous times each summer. To God be the glory for using us to be a part of the process.

Boot Camp and the missions trip were amazing experiences! Seeing God working in and through the lives of the kids on our team was priceless; that experience is why I am a full-time missionary with Teen Missions. Words do not do justice when seeing the transformation of the kids from when they arrived at Boot Camp to when they go home at the end of the summer. Jesus can accomplish great things with what we give Him.

Shoulder rides!

Shoulder rides!

We traveled to Chipoka, Malawi, where we planted 500 fruit trees, ministered to the AIDS orphans, and gave out over 400 coloring books with the Gospel story of Jesus translated into their language, Chichewa. Each morning our kids diligently worked at planting five different kinds of fruit trees. Everywhere we went kids would run up and play with us or hold our hand as we walked to and from their villages for outreaches each afternoon. We presented the Gospel using puppets, testimonies and singing songs we learned in their language. Five villages, as well as two other rural locations were blessed by our presence. One location was our matron’s unit which is a safe house that Teen Missions built so that girls would have a safe place to live and sleep as they attend school. We were blessed to see them being taught a lesson in phonics. We did a presentation for them and played with them afterwards, seeing them blessed. One other location we went to was the Melissa Foster Rescue Unit where children and orphans are taught and ministered to year round. The people in charge of the Units, Facilitators, teach them phonics, agriculture, responsibility and the value of working to eat. God gave me a special talent called beat boxing, or making noises with my mouth, that the kids absolutely loved. I would do it everywhere we went and it was a privilege to see what a difference our outreaches and presence made in the lives of the children. At least 30 children prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior as a result of our ministering to them.

Playing with the children

Playing with the children

I want to thank each and every person who has prayed for me and who sacrificed financially to enable me to go on this trip. Your kindness and generosity to me encourages me and made this trip and ministry to the children possible. May God richly reward you for the seeds you have sown.

I do have a continuing need for monthly financial supporters and prayer partners, and would also enjoy receiving encouraging notes. My moped scooter, which is my main form of transportation, died on me in January. The cost to repair and register it is about $300.

My future plans are to continue serving the Lord through Teen Missions for the foreseeable future and to help lead another team next summer (wherever they assign me). I am working in the Land Crew Department where I am able to utilize the skills God has given me in landscaping for His glory.  Recently, God has given me extra joy in serving Him here  and I am thankful and grateful to be a part of this wonderful ministry. Thank you again to all who have had a part and will have a part in my ministry here.

Anticipating His Return,

Samuel McCracken Daniel 11:32b

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The sweet children

The sweet children

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