Monthly Newsletter – April 2011

A Word from our Director, Robert M. Bland —

Guess who is trying to discourage you right now? It’s not friends, relatives or schoolmates; the real answer is Satan! He does not want you to serve the Lord. In fact, he wants you to miss your greatest summer ever. Satan will say that you can’t make it, but the Bible says you can. “I can do all things through

Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13). Philippians (it is only four chapters) is a good book to read for encouragement. Why not read it today?


In the event of political unrest or natural disasters in any location where a Teen Missions team is scheduled to go, backup projects have been set up where teams may be sent, even at the last minute. We monitor the countries very carefully.


One of our Boot Camp speakers will be Don Richardson, author of the book, “Peace Child”. He was born in Canada and received Christ at a Youth for Christ Rally in 1952. He later graduated from Prairie Bible Institute and Wycliffe Bible Translators’ linguistics training.

From 1962-1977 Don and his late wife, Carol Joy [Soderstrom], an RN, served in Irian Jaya (now Papua, Indonesia) among the Sawi, a Stone-Age cannibal-headhunter tribe. After Don designed a Sawi alphabet, he and Carol taught literacy, planted churches, healed the sick and translated the New Testament. More than half the tribe came to Christ.

Author of five books and numerous articles, Don holds an honorary doctorate of literature from Biola University. He represents a mission called World Team at 40-plus missions conferences annually, teaches seminars, lectures on college and seminary campuses, and teaches at “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” classes.

FIRST $300 —

Your first $300 in contributions is due 30 days after you receive your support packet. Canadian members and leaders use the green envelopes and mail them to the Canadian office. U.S. team members and leaders use the gold envelopes.



*If you or your parents are personally contributing money in order to meet the $300 contribution goal in 30 days, it will be considered a contribution and cannot be refunded. It is important that you send donations from your sponsors first before contributing your personal money. Contribution goals include the first $300, halfway, three-fourths, and May 1 for Early and Peanut teams, May 15 for Super and Preteen teams.


Support money needs to be sent now, as Teen Missions has started making payments in advance for this summer’s ministry. Also, our Finance Department needs to process it quickly in order to handle the load and keep your record up to date.


The following should be mailed (in the blue envelope provided) to the Teen Missions office 30 days after you receive your support packet: Two Health Status/Release forms, the General Fact Sheet card and the Prayer Partner list. If at any time after you receive your Support Packet you choose NOT to go on your team, please call the Teen Missions office and notify us of this information.

FINANCES FINANCIAL REPORT — Each month you will receive a computer printout of your finance record with each monthly newsletter.


The monthly finance records for Canadian Teen Missions members will be mailed from the Outlook office. If you have any questions concerning Canadian finances, please contact the Outlook office at: 306-867-9293.

FINANCE RECORD (Green Sheet) —

Be sure to accurately complete your green Finance Record and have someone double check your accounting. The biggest problems at Boot Camp Registration are addition or subtraction errors. Please keep this sheet up to date and bring a copy of it with you to Boot Camp.


Please DO NOT send postdated checks. Hold them until the negotiable date.


If a check made payable to you is sent in for your support, it will be processed to your account as a cash contribution.


Be sure to use your gold (U.S.) or green (Canada) envelopes when sending in contributions for your assigned project. Please do not fold or attach checks to the coupons. Simply match the coupon with the check and place them in the envelope. You must complete a coupon for EACH donation, even if they have donated before. If more than one person from the same family is going on a team, be sure to send the money in separate envelopes. Please do not mail one check in one envelope or you will (or you already have) run out of these special envelopes. If you do run out of envelopes, you can use a regular envelope addressed to Teen Missions, Attn: Finance Dept.


Please do not send your deposit to Teen Missions since it cannot be applied to your account. This money will be handled by your team leader upon arrival at Boot Camp. It MUST be in cash as we do not have the facilities at Boot Camp to cash 1,000 checks. The unused portion of the cash deposit will be returned to you at the end of Debrief. The *Departure Tax portion will vary depending on countries traveled. Specific information is included in this mailing.


If you are moving or changing your address for any reason, please return the address change card included in your support packet. Send both your old and new addresses, and the effective date of the change.

You can email the information to: [email protected], Subject: Address change

2011 AIRFARE INCREASES — ALL flying teams. Teen Missions has been notified that the airlines will be increasing their fuel charges for all the flights for the 2011 teams. We will not know the increase until final ticketing is done in May.

PASSPORT —Teen Teams 11023 Indiana Drama team members do NOT need a passport. All other Teen team members are required to have passports. If you have not applied for one, do so today.

PASSPORT— Preteen Teams

11072 Old West Preteen team does NOT need a passport. All other team members and leaders are required to have passports. If you have not applied for one, do so today.


All teams (except 11023 & 11072) must fill out the Passport Information Card. Some countries require electronic visas, so we must have this information by May 15. If your team requires an electronic visa, you may incur extra fees if the card is not returned before that date.


The following teams have had visa applications and instructions mailed to them. If you have not received this information, please contact the office immediately. Please note the deadlines for having all paperwork and passports returned to the TMI Office.

11002 Cambodia/China

11003 ATW Russia

11016 Nepal

11022 Mongolia

11024 Cameroon


All Teen and Preteen teams will need to bring a lightweight tray/plate and bowl to be used while on the field. Trays and bowls will be issued on Registration Day to be used at Boot Camp and Debrief only. Note: This information is different than what is in your General Fact Sheet.


If you decide to switch teams for any reason, there is a $30 ($35 Canadian) re-registration fee. Fee after May 1 is $55 ($65 Canadian).


Teen Missions will pick up team leaders and members at the Orlando International Airport (MCO airport code) on designated arrival days.

Team member arrival information: Early Boot Camp – 10 AM Saturday, June 11 – 10 AM Sunday, June 12. Super Boot Camp – 10 AM Wednesday, June 22 – 10 AM Thursday, June 23. Preteen Boot Camp – 10 AM Tuesday, June 28 – 10 AM Wednesday, June 29. Super Boot Camp II – 10 AM Saturday, July 2 – 10 AM Sunday, July 3.

Teen Missions will have greeters at the Delta Baggage Claim area on the B side of the airport during each of these 24-hour windows to meet team members. Please make sure your arrival times are within the designated times.

Leader arrival — Please consult your paperwork for your arrival and departure information as it differs from team members.


Early Boot Camp, Peanut & Mustard Seed teams – Saturday, June 25 Super Boot Camp & Preteen teams – Saturday, July 9 Super Boot Camp II – Saturday, July 16


Teen Missions provides transportation to the Orlando International Airport (MCO) or the Titusville Greyhound Bus Station. Please make your transportation home arrangements between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on your go home day.

Early teams 11001-11008 -Saturday, July 30

Preteen teams 11070-11074 – Saturday, August 6

Super teams 11009-11018 – Wednesday, August 10

Super teams 11020–11028 – Sunday, August 14

Super Boot Camp II – Friday, August 19



Parents/guardians picking up team members after Debrief may pick them up between 8:00 and 9:00 PM on these dates, or between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM on the above dates.

Early Boot Camp – July 29 between 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Preteen Boot Camp – August 5 between 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Super Boot Camp teams 11009 – 11018 – August 9 between 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Super Boot Camp teams 11020 – 11028 – August 13 between 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Super Boot Camp II team 11030 – August 18 between 8:00 and 9:00 PM.


This card is to be returned to Teen Missions regardless of the method of transportation you will be taking home. This card needs to be signed by the parent/legal guardian to whom you will be released at the termination point. The signatures on this card must be those of the parent/legal guardian AND the person who accepts custody of the team member upon release by a leader at the termination point.



You do not have to be on the Foot Washing Team to help collect shoes for AIDS Orphans. We are accepting donations of new or good quality used closed-toed shoes of all sizes (the wider the better) that will be taken overseas with the summer teams. Bring these to Boot Camp with you.


Please read and reread the CLOTHING NOT TO BRING section on page 4 of the General Fact Sheet. Leaders will be checking your clothes at Boot Camp to make sure they are in accordance with the policies stated in the General Fact Sheet.


Your local news media (newspaper, radio, TV) is always interested in good quality POSITIVE stories of local residents who are active in volunteer work to help those who are less fortunate. Be bold, contact these media outlets and let them know that a local student is giving up a summer break to make a difference in someone else’s life. Give them your name, age and contact information. Provide details about your team’s travel itinerary, project and some background about Teen Missions and your Boot Camp training. Be sure to provide contact information for those who might see the story and wish to become involved as sponsors or prayer partners! Sometimes the media will like to do a ‘before’ and ‘after’ summer story. Putting your summer in the news can be a great opportunity for sharing your faith with many who live near you. It might also encourage others to get involved in missions directly or to offer financial help to those who are raising support to go.

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.




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  1. Praying for the staff at TMI, May God Bless you and give you the strength you need during this very busy time for TMI!!

  2. We are trying to locate the super boot camp schedule on your website, but can’t seem to find it for some reason. If you know where it is, could you please provide a direct link?

  3. Our daughter is going on the pre-teen Indian reservation trip in Arizona. . .
    please clarify what day and time she needs to arrive at the airport.

    • Rebecca, She can arrive anytime in this 24 hour window: 10 AM on June 28 and 10 AM on June 29. It must be at the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

  4. we sent in the transportation card for my daughter as picking her up but we can a ticket for her to fly home for much cheaper, the plane does not leave until 3:40 pm would that be a possibility?

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