Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I can’t believe that it is already April!! Time is just flying here at Teen Missions. In February, we started a new term of the BiBle, Missionary & Work (BMW) Training Center. We had six new students start and one graduated, so now we are up to 18 students. I am still cooking their meals, but things have intensified this past month we are in the beginning of retreat season. Teen Missions has a Retreat Center that we run and the profit is what supports the BiBle, Missionary & Work Training Center. So, depending on the size of the retreat, I may cook for and serve an extra 20-80 people. This can be quite a feat! I am very thankful that the retreats have gone well thus far and everything is still running smoothly in the kitchen. I’ve been seeing God’s provision while serving in the kitchen. Publix, a local grocery store, donates their leftover bread and baked goods to Teen Missions. We send whatever we have left from Publix to House of Hope, a local ministry that feeds the homeless. In return, House of Hope sends us the leftover meat, vegetables and fruit that they receive as donations. Basically, House of Hope and Publix feed the BMW. Praise the Lord! It has been amazing to me that God provides what we need when we need it.
In February I started teaching music to the BMW students. I’ve really enjoyed it! So far, we’ve covered things like the history of music, basic music theory, directing and song writing. After the midterm, I’ll be teaching them how to play the recorder. The students seem to be enjoying the class and I love teaching them, though I sometimes find it difficult to fit lesson planning and
grading into my schedule. But it is entirely worth it! I’m also continuing to serve in the office to help run the BMW’s both here in Florida and overseas. I help take care of paperwork, records and finances.
On Saturdays we’ve started doing evangelism with the students. We’re working with a local church. Each Saturday afternoon, we bus to the church where we meet together with members of the congregation and watch an evangelism training video. We then discuss the video before breaking off into small groups and going out to do either door- to-door evangelism or open-air evangelism on the beach. It has been challenging, but rewarding. I’ve been going out with the students and this has begun to open my eyes more to the needs right here in the community of Brevard County. I’ve had the privilege of meeting many different people and have had many conversations. Sometimes we get doors slammed in our faces, but sometimes the Spirit of God really opens the door for us and we get to present the plan of salvation. We also are able to encourage fellow believers to grow closer to God. I praise the Lord for the seeds that are being planted and for the eternal effects this will have on the lives of these people.
I’m still very active in my church here in Florida. The choir has become one of my favorite church activities. We actually just preformed at the Spring Praise Fest, a Christian festival at a local park where many local church bands get together and sing praise music all day. It was really fun! When I wasn’t up on stage singing with the band, I was helping to do promotions for Teen Missions at a booth we set up. I’m also learning to run the sound board at church—it’s going well so far and I’m starting to become more comfortable with all of the different buttons and controls. It’s a neat skill to learn and I hope to use it in the future as well.
Here at Teen Missions, we’re starting preparations for the summer teams. We already have almost 700 people signed up – praise the Lord! I have been given the privilege to be an assistant leader on the Israel team. I am very excited for this opportunity!! Not only will I be leading with a staff couple who are very experienced leaders (I can’t wait to learn from them!), I will also step foot on the very ground on which Jesus Christ walked—I get chills just thinking about it! So far, there are 15 teenagers signed up for the team and there are four leaders, including myself. Our project is to paint dorms at the Hope Secondary School in Beit Jala. This school was established by Arab Christians in 1961 and is a place where young Arab boys receive Christian teaching in addition to their secondary education. This will be an amazing opportunity to minister to our Christian brothers and sisters as well as a chance for me to minister to the teenagers on my own team. I am very excited for the summer to begin!!
It is such a blessing to serve here at Teen Missions. It’s it the best thing I have ever done in my life; it is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. My heart goes out to these students and my life is poured out for them every day. Sometimes we have to deal with difficult situations and sometimes there are things that are beyond our control. It is these times, I just have to let go and let God take over. We are such a close family at the school and sometimes I feel like the weight of this burden and the load of the responsibility is too much to carry—but then I remember that God is the One giving me the strength and wisdom to continue and that He will carry me when I cannot carry the load. God is faithful, always and forever.
I want you to know that I truly and sincerely appreciate your faithful prayers and support in my journey with Teen Missions International. I am asking that you would continue to walk alongside me in this ministry as I prepare for the team this summer and as I serve here daily. Thank you so much and may God bless you.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”