McCracken, Samuel (Winter 2011)

Samuel Mccracken

For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86:5

Dear Friends and Family,

To think that we get the joy of blessing and serving others in this life and then on top of that to be rewarded for it throughout eternity! How awesome is that! It has been said that “only one life will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” I am very blessed to be a part of this wonderful ministry. Through the Lord’s Boot Camps that we run, we make a big difference in the lives of hundreds of American teenagers each year, as well as the lives of hundreds of teens in many other countries. We hear stories of how their lives and relationships with Jesus have been benefitted and saved by being a part of Teen Missions. To God be the glory!

This coming summer I have been assigned to go on the Indiana Clown Drama Team. We will be doing a team presentation in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as some in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois at the county fairs. Our team of teenagers, from all over the US (and possibly Canada), will be learning how to do clown ministry, as well as drama and evangelism, from trained people during our Boot Camp. We will be partnering with TTT (Telling The Truth To/And Through Teenagers) Christian Youth Ministries in Evansville, Indiana to do drama and evangelism at the county fairs and helping them with their Saturday night youth outreaches. This is a great team for me because I have had a lot of training in evangelism and clown ministry through other ministry opportunities in the past including clowning and evangelism in New York City and the Billy Graham Crusade. I only have to raise about $300 for this trip. I do have a continuing need to raise some financial support for my monthly expenses. Letters and notes of encouragement are appreciated very much.

Installing the heating system

Installing the heating system

My continued work here in the Land Crew Department has given me opportunities to learn and experience a variety of different tasks. We had a massive metal sorting recycling project from our metal “graveyard” of aluminum, steel, and stainless steel. It was a big job, but profited Teen Missions International $12,000! I have thoroughly enjoyed continuing to work at landscaping around our property and making it look great! People that visit TMI are blessed by seeing the beautiful grounds that we have. The work that we do here at the International Headquarters in Florida helps our other bases in many countries around the world to run smoothly.

One of our vacant mobile homes had some massive termite damage, so we worked at tearing out and replacing all the damaged places. We replaced sections of the floor, walls, ceiling, heating/AC system, and re- roofed metal over the damaged roof. I was also able to help paint a few of our mobile homes that our volunteers stay in that needed some attention, as well as reorganize our tool room and condense and organize our nuts, bolts and screws so they can be found when needed.

Finishing the drywall

Finishing the drywall

I had a wonderful trip visiting my family and friends in California for Christmas. I was able to speak and share my missions work with my grandmother’s Sunday school class at Shadow Mountain Community Church, as well as share with the youth group at my home church, Calvary Chapel of La Mesa. My family and church are doing great and are very supportive of my work with Teen Missions.

I am very happy serving here in Florida and in the future hope to be serving somewhere in Africa in a couple of years.

Thank you to all who have prayed for me and who have contributed financially. Your sacrifices and faithfulness makes my ministry here possible.

(321)806-0613 (Cell) Samuel McCracken [email protected]



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