Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe that we are already starting a new decade in the new millennium! Where does time go? I know it’s an old cliché, but it really is true that the older you get, the faster the time seems to go.
We have been busy with lots of new projects at Teen Missions. In December, we filled a shipping container with 11 TONS of clothing to be sent to Malawi. Mr. Bland called it our “Big Christmas Shoe Box.” What a blessing those warm clothes and coats will be to the orphans. We are now collecting more clothes to be sent to Zambia this time. We are also raising funds to help offset the cost of the shipping which totals about $10,000.00. The information to help with this project is on the back of this newsletter.
Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM)
Another project we have for 2011 is to promote the ministry of Motorcycle Sunday School Mission. www.motorcyclessmissions.org We have set a goal of having 111 Sunday Schools by November 11, 2011 (11- 11-11). Right now, we have about 50 Sunday Schools in the countries of Malawi, Zambia and South Africa. This ministry is based on the concept of the old “circuit riding preacher” that many of you may remember. Two MSSM Circuit Rider Missionaries will use the AIDS Orphans Rescue Units as a base camp and travel by motorcycle to various locations to conduct Sunday School. There are six Sunday Schools in each circuit and each Sunday School may have as many as 200 children and adults in attendance. We are very excited to expand this ministry this year. If you would like to be a part in helping to promote the teaching of God’s Word, please read the enclosed brochure.
Our family also has big plans for 2011, Lord willing Canaan will graduate from high school in a few months. He has been attending college full time since his sophomore year, so when he graduates, he will also have an Associate’s Degree from Brevard Community College as well as his diploma from Merritt Island High School. He plans to attend Asbury University, where Taylor attends, and he will major in Biology. We are very proud of him and his hard work. We would appreciate your prayers as he makes his final decisions about his college and career choices.
Canaan is planning to travel to Guatemala with his youth group at First Baptist Church of Merritt Island during spring break in March. He will be working in an orphanage there. Shannon hopes to go as well to have this time to spend with him before he heads off to college–especially since we will be apart all summer. Please pray for his youth group as they travel and minister in Guatemala.
We have been asked to lead the Nepal team this summer. Currently we have 18 team members. We will be working in a children’s home there. Please pray for our team members that they will have a heart to serve and pray that we will have wisdom and discernment in leading as well.
Canaan plans to be an assistant leader on the Honduras horseback team. His team will travel to remote villages in Honduras, on horseback, and construct latrines. Please pray that God will fully prepare him for this leadership role.
Taylor plans to go to China to complete her required college internship with Evergreen ministries. She was so impressed with this ministry when she was there last summer, that she has longed to go back and learn more about this ministry and their work in this area of China. Please join us in praying that she will raise the funds necessary to go to China and that the Lord will keep her safe while she is there.
Holidays in Ohio
We had a great time in Ohio over the Christmas holidays. It was a wonderful time of reunion and reminiscing. We are especially grateful to Molly Lloyd and The Bell Tower Mission in Bourneville, Ohio for hosting our third annual “Thanks for Giving” Dinner. We had around 95 in attendance. What a blessed evening it was to serve some of those who so faithfully pray for us and encourage us throughout the year.
Our visit to Ohio was also a very busy one, as usual! We visited ten churches in the three weeks we were in the area. It is always a blessing to worship with so many of our friends and family. Thank you to all those who hosted our family and fed us! We all look forward with great anticipa- tion to spending the holidays in Ohio.
As I write this, the Teen Missions property is full of volunteers helping us to build another Old Testament Tabernacle that will be placed somewhere on the West Coast in May. We are so grateful for these volunteers and so excited to see familiar faces. If you would like to come down and help in the warm, Florida sunshine, just call the office to arrange it! We would love to see you!
In closing, we want to express our sincere gratitude and ap- preciation for all of you who encourage our family in our ministry here at Teen Missions. We are so thankful for you and for your partnership. You are always in our prayers.
In Christ, The Bobb Family