It’s a New Year and we pray you are excited to grow in the Lord and glorify Him, as we are! We were blessed to have the opportunity to spend the Christmas holidays back home in Louisville, Kentucky with friends and family. We were all so ready to be somewhere cold enough to wear a sweatshirt! I know, I know, you don’t want to hear about how warm it is here in Florida, but at times we really do miss the seasons.
We were so blessed by our life group back home and the insane extremes they went to in raising money for our family at their annual Christmas party. They were auctioning off gifts, one of which was a hair clipper kit, and a challenge was issued. Shave your head for a donation! Two men, Steve Brown and Robert Trego, rose to the challenge and left the party bald in our honor. Wow! We were amazed, and a little disturbed (ha,ha), when we saw pictures. We can only imagine what they will come up with next year to top this!
It was so wonderful to see all the babies in our extended family, Ayden, Hudson, Audrey and Easton, it gives me the baby fix I need, since my baby is thirteen. Emily is thirteen!!
Anyway, our family is doing well. Emily is in school and the boys are homeschooling. Wes is making plans to be a certified EMT Paramedic and eventually a firefighter. I can’t believe he will be eighteen this year. Seth is fifteen now and all about his guitars. He has taught himself to play using you-tube instruction videos. He dreams of playing with a band one day. We have all teenagers! Please keep us in your prayers!
Many of you know that Brian and I were asked to lead the Papua New Guinea Airstrip team this summer, we were nervous and excited to take on this adventure in such a remote location. Unfortunately, the team was canceled when we came back from Christmas, due to a large increase in the cost of airfare to Papua New Guinea. We were disappointed, but we know that God is in control. Most of the other teams already have leaders and we have been asked to take the team going to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The Bahamas! What a change from where we thought we were going. We will be helping out with construction and evangelism at a Christian camp there. My (Amber) first team as a teenager was to Cancun, Mexico, resort heaven, right? However, where we were working and ministering was just a few miles outside of the city, yet the poverty, filth and need was beyond what I could have imagined. We don’t know what awaits us in the Bahamas, but we are excited to see what God has in store!
Brian has been asked to join a team of adults going to Zambia at the end of May. He will be helping with motorcycle repair and teaching the staff at the Zambia base how to troubleshoot and do basic repairs on the bikes. The Zambia base uses motorcycles to minister and spread the Gospel in remote villages that cannot be reached by car. This will be his first time in Africa!
I know many of you had already received a letter from Wes asking for your prayers and support as he joined us in going to Papua New Guinea this summer, since the team was canceled, he has been given an opportunity to be on a different team, which he will tell you about, and any support that has already been sent in will transfer over. Emily and Seth have also decided to join us this summer and they will tell you about that at the end of this letter.
We want to thank you again for your continued support of our family. We could not be here serving were it not for your prayers and financial support. It is hard to believe that we are already heading into our third summer here at Teen Missions! We are so grateful for the privilege of serving in this way and we thank you for being willing to be used by God to help make that happen!
Praises: * For the blessing of such an amazing life group back home, not to mention some pretty awesome family and friends! * For positive changes and spiritual growth we are seeing in our kids. * For a new church family here, who are challenging us to grow as Christians.
Prayer Requests: * For Brian and Amber, that we would be intentional about discipling our kids. * For us to truly look for opportunities to share Jesus with people we come across each day. * For the needed finances for our kids to go on teams this summer. * For committed monthly financial support.
I’ve been invited, by a fellow staff missionary here at Teen Missions, to be his assistant leader in training with the Italy Backpack Team this summer. He said he felt the Lord had laid it on his heart to ask me to go with him, and knowing me he wasn’t too sure about it, but he kept feeling God urge him to ask. When he did, I didn’t even need to contemplate whether it’s what I should do or not, I knew it was. The Lord has really been working in my life and I feel that this is a great opportunity for me to grow as a Christian. And although this is a great opportunity, it’s going to cost quite a bit more than going as a team member to the Bahamas. So please send what you can, anything is good, it doesn’t matter if it’s $5, I will be grateful for any contributions. I also need your prayers, because this is going to be a challenge and a lot of responsibility. Thank you. In Christ, Wesley
Dear Friends, I feel that the Lord is leading me to go on another Teen Missions team this summer. This year I have decided to join my parents, because I have never gone on a team with them before. I must admit I have tried to avoid this in the past, (ha, ha). Each summer the Lord has taught me new things and I am excited to see what He has in store. I would really appreciate your prayers and support. Thanks! Seth
Dear Friends and Family, I have decided to go on a crazy summer team! I decided to go, because I really felt like that was what the Lord had planned for me this summer. Sorry for all who had planned on me coming to Kentucky this summer, but it’s God first before family and friends right? He just wouldn’t leave my heart alone about it. I would also love for people to support me on this trip. I love you all! Sincerely Your Friend, Emily