Psalm 121: 1-2 “I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
Dear Family and Friends,
Big Top Tents Go Up! The week after Easter, with the help of two work groups from South Carolina, four of our five tents went up. Summer along with all the kids and leaders will be here before we know it! Not only did we get the Big Tops up, but we got many of the supplies and chairs moved in as well. Even some tents got put up in the Peanut and Preteen tent sites. (We really appreciate that since trying to find time to do that for our team is challenging.)
Summer Team Change— Unfortunately, our Preteen team to Sweden was canceled. Fortunately, however, God (& Teen Missions) has another place for us—Indiana, a challenging evangelism team. Bob and I have been there before in years past; Bob more often than I.
We will be working with TTT (Telling The Truth) Ministries and going to county fairs in the tri-state area of southern Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. It will be a busy time of going to multiple fairs each night. Our team will often be split two or three ways in order to reach as many people as possible. The concept is simple: we offer free cold water to fairgoers and ask them to participate in a brief survey. The last questions of the survey lead into being able to share the plan of salvation with those who are interested.
Our kids will be trained to share the Gospel at the Lord’s Boot Camp by using the ABC’s of Knowing Jesus: Admit you’ve sinned. Romans 3:23, 6:23 Believe on Christ. John 3:16 Confess Christ Publicly Romans 10:9-10
This has proved to be very effective in sharing the plan of salvation with others. Along with our preteens, we will also have at least two Bible school students whom we will train in different areas of leadership while on the team.
At some of the fairs we will have the “Lesson”, a modified motorcycle. In the back, there is a mini-puppet stage that we use to tell others about Motorcycle Sunday School Missions. We even have biker puppets! It’s a wonderful way to tell others about the ministry and about Jesus.
Summer Prayer Requests:
• Safety in travel to Indiana • Safety in travel to and from the fairs • Spiritual growth in our team members • Team unity • Boldness in sharing • Salvations— 200+ from the fairs • Wisdom in training the Bible school students • Strength to get it all done (we’re not getting any younger!)
Motorcycle Sunday School Mission or MSSM— One of our newer ministries, MSSM, where circuit riders visit six locations weekly and hold Sunday School classes, teach phonics (literacy) and hold Bible quizzing. Instead of the horses used in the Old West, our circuit riders ride motorcycles. They are able to get to remote locations on the bikes that could not be reached by larger motor vehicles, although in the rainy season, even that is challenging. Lives are being changed as children and adults learn how to read and hear about God’s love for them and His plan for their life. Even in Muslim areas, Sunday schools are quite effective.
At this writing we have 114 Sunday Schools in operation in seven countries. There are active circuits in Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Cameroon and most recently, in Madagascar. Each of the Orphan Rescue Units in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda and Cameroon also hold Sunday Schools, teach phonics/literacy and conduct Bible quizzes. The need is great; the limitation can be overcome. Pray with us for more sponsors for Sunday schools and for staff and interns from our Bible schools to be willing to serve in this exciting, but demanding field.
Music, Music, Music— As usual, Bob has been singing— in the Brevard Community Chorale, the church choir and in a smaller chorus that sang in Puccini’s “Tosca”. Most recently he sang in a group, from three different churches, at the Easter Sunrise Service. With the nice weather we’ve been having, we (Finance Dept. where I work) often leave the back door open and can hear him as he sings when he works in the Literature Warehouse nearby. Besides the usual Spring concert with the BCC Chorale, he will be leading the congregational singing at the Appalachian Gospel, an annual event in our local church. One thing that Bob does that many people enjoy is the hospital visits he makes (we drive past on our way to and from church).
He always takes a hymnal and sings a favorite. “Amazing Grace” is one of the most-requested songs. When visiting shut-ins, I enjoy talking with them and Bob enjoys singing to them. The songs often bring a tear to the eye and joy to the heart. Of course I like to listen, too.
Food? It seems like I’ve been rediscovered as I’ve done several meals lately at Teen Missions and at church. The most recent was the White Breakfast, a communion service for the ladies that is held the Saturday before Palm Sunday. In years past, the men have cooked the breakfast, but this year I was asked. The funny thing was that my helpers were the men who usually cook the meal! I had the recipe, but they did much of the work. The food was good, we had fun and I appreciated their help. Besides cooking, I keep busy with meetings at church.
Many Thanks— Our life is busy and God blesses us in so many ways. One of the ways He does that is through you! You are the reason that we are serving the Lord through Teen Missions. Your prayers and support keep us here. May God bless you as richly as you bless us!
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost
955 Butia St., Merritt Island, FL 32953 [email protected]