Dear Family and Friends,
Our summer began with a diversity of responsibilities as we helped run the Early Boot Camp for teens and later the Super Boot Camp while Gay coordinated the Peanut Boot Camp. Gay also helped out with some puppet classes. Steve helped with video, taught advanced evangelism classes (in addition to other teaching responsibilities) and presented evening Rally messages. One of this year’s highlights was the visit of our dear friend Katya from our base in Russia. We enjoyed hosting her as she learned more about our ministry and translated our training materials into Russian.
This year marked our fourth summer in Russia and we are so amazed to see how our Russian staff and leaders have developed in their wisdom and spiritual maturity in running the Boot Camp and their respective teams. We praise the Lord for six decisions for Christ during Boot Camp and for six more during the ministry outreaches while the teams were on their projects. The Russian teams conducted dozens of outreaches using sports, door-to-door evangelism and day camps for kids. The US team also participated in the sports evangelism-planting many seeds of God’s Word along the way. We made friendships in our local village with the boys’ soccer team, village leaders and with youth. The US team accomplished a lot of work on the main BMW school building.
They insulated all of the exterior walls, put up sheet rock and plastered. They also helped to split ten cubic meters of fire wood for the school. Thanks guys! (For more details on the work that was done, visit the Siberia Recap on the Teen Missions website under Mission Trip Reports ( HYPERLINK “http://www.teenmissions.net/”www.teenmissions.org). Next summer, we plan to send our first joint US/Russian team on a long trip to Lake Baikol (the world’s largest and deepest fresh water lake) for an evangelism project which will be three days and three nights by train. We are already making preparations for this and hope that through our cooperation with local believers we might even see an eastward expansion of the TMI ministry in Russia as a result.
A record heat wave scorched Russia this summer causing over 300 fires that left patches of smoke as our team traveled to Ekaterinburg for their flights back to the USA. Our family remained in country for more than two weeks after the team left in order to complete repairs on the BMW building in preparation for another cold winter. We dug down six feet to the main water line that enters the house and ran a ‘hot’ wire to keep it from freezing, in addition to working hard to complete the interior walls. Timothy and Faith began homeschooling (Faith’s first day of kindergarten!) while still in Russia.
FALL… change is in the air!
We’ve been busy since our return rearranging our house for the anticipated arrival of Gay’s mom from Shreveport, LA to live with us. It has been a good opportunity to clear out un-needed things as we make space available. Gay’s family will plan to help out when we are away during the summer months. Steve is back at headquarters helping in the Computer Dept. and also with supervision of the Video Department. He plans to begin teaching again this fall at the BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center teaching Personal Evangelism. Gay has been assigned to help run the Conference Center kitchen on weekends when groups are visiting for retreats. Funds from the retreats help to run the Bible School program. She continues to carry responsibilities with volunteer and staff housing on Heavenly Street and proofing publications. THANK YOU! to all who prayed for and supported us this summer. We are grateful to be able to serve the Lord.
Together in His harvest,
Steve, Gay, Timothy & Faith Petersen
Is. 6:8 / Heb. 11:1 / Phil. 2:20&22 / Gal. 2:20