A big “Hello” to our friends, family, church and former teammates!
Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you were blessed by the miracle of the season. It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Time really does speed up with each passing year. 2010 was a good and fruitful year for us. There were some hard times, being a single mom and pregnant for a summer especially comes to mind, but there were also some very good times – Mike’s team to the Philippines, my and the girl’s time on summer staff, welcoming Lily Grace to our family, Christmas with Mike’s family and, well, just life in general with our three beloved girls. We get to wake up every day and serve the Lord as missionaries with Teen Missions… what more could we ask!!! As we look back, we can see that God is actively working in our lives, helping us to grow closer to Him.
Kenya is excelling at school. She has been incredibly blessed with a phenomenal kindergarten teacher, Mrs. McBean. Mrs. McBean inspires Kenya to do her best. She is so eager to please her teacher and beams with delight under her instruction. We are very happy with Kenya’s academic success. Although we were unsure at the beginning of the school year if public school was the right choice, so far we are happy with our decision. We’ll see what grade one brings. Kenya has two more wiggly teeth, one of them being the other front one. Her smile is so precious with all the gaps left from the teeth that no longer reside in her mouth. Every smile and laugh is a constant reminder to us that she is growing up faster than we would like. (I hurt my own feelings daily thinking of this!) Once these two fall out, she will have lost five. She is also doing very well at gymnastics. She will be participating in her first mock- meet in February. She is very excited about it and so are we. We feel it will give her a vision and an understanding of what the sport is about. Watching her stretch, tumble, swing and leap in ways that I am no longer able to brings me back to my gymnastic days. I am proud to see my daughter “follow in my footsteps”.
Isabelle just turned three this past December, so we decided it was time to enroll her in some swimming lessons, a sport that is really a life skill in our eyes. Like her big sister, she loves the water. I love watching her go under the water and come up smiling because deep down inside, she knows she is doing “big girl” stuff. She is very motivated to learn how to swim and looks forward to her lessons every week. She also loves that she gets to be a Big Sister now too. She is Lily’s best pacifier finder and giver. She cares a great deal about Lily’s happiness and definitely prefers her NOT to cry. If the pacifier doesn’t work, she looks at me and says very matter-of-factly, “Mommy, feed Lily!”
Lily started rolling over this past Christmas. She has also deemed it time to start getting her legs under her for all the crawling she anticipates doing in the near future. She is such a pleasant child, so easy to please. She smiles and the room seems brighter. She adores her big sisters and loves it when they lay next to her. She will listen for as long as they can keep talking to her, which is a while sometimes! I praise the Lord for the health He has granted her. She is a healthy, happy girl. Our children bring us such joy. We thank the Lord daily for the daughters He has placed in our care. Whether the future holds a little Myers boy or not, we will have to see.
As the summer months draw nearer, anticipation runs high as we prepare for our adventure in Bethlehem. Our team has 24 people signed up to go with us so far. Our vision for this summer, as it is with all summers, remains the same. Obviously, we would like to complete our project: paving a parking lot, landscaping and painting a building. But more importantly, we want to harvest souls. The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37, 38) Every day we are reminded of just how much people need to hear about Jesus. Nothing else will fix the problems we face, and things will just get worse the more we forsake Him. Because of this, heavy on our hearts and minds is to be spiritually ready in our personal walks with the Lord so that we can be ready for what awaits us. We recognize that being unprepared will hurt us and hinder our ability to accomplish the tasks set before us. We want to finish the summer and be able to say that we finished everything well and to the best of our ability, that we were content in all things and situations and that we chose to put on the garment of praise everyday, that we were examples to the unbelievers and believers alike and that we were bold in proclaiming the saving Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Join in prayer with us now as we bathe our ministry and team in prayer. Pray that the people of Bethlehem and our teammates (some might not know Him!) will have receptive hearts to the message of Jesus Christ as many live in physical comfort, but hurt inside and live in spiritual poverty. We want to be able to help them find out Who Jesus Is!
Michael and I both want to thank every one of you for taking a personal interest in our ministry with Teen Missions. We trust that God will bring many people, both young and old, to Boot Camp this summer and that many lives will be changed and saved here in America and overseas as well. Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support that allows us to continue on with the ministry of Teen Missions. We are grateful for the work the Lord has put before us.
Serving Together, Mike, Michelle, Kenya, Isabelle and Lily.
Pray also for …
1) Regular and fulfilling time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer. 2) Boldness. “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given to me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel…” (Eph. 6:19)