Dear Friends and Family,
I praise the Lord for another great summer. Pray for me as this is the month when I do my support raising. God is using Teen Missions to disciple people in an amazing way like no other ministry does. The ultimate, # 1 goal of Teen Missions is to spread the gospel to the lost. There is a huge war for the souls of men, but praise the Lord, God is on our side (Ephesians 6:12).
Deu 6:6-7 says, ” And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up”. At Teen Missions International, we do a program called the Peanuts Program. It’s basically a one week summer camp program for kids age 7-9, except it has a missions emphasis and they get to visit a nursing home and share the gospel. Whenever I teach children about the love and hope of Jesus Christ, it’s a joy like no other. It was a blast, but it was also quite challenging. Halfway through the week, I thought about all the things I had to deal with. When you lead a peanut team, you’re responsible for making sure the kids wake up at the right time and go to bed at the right time. The Leader is responsible for their physical as well as their spiritual well-being. As a leader you need to make sure he or she get their medicine on time. You, as the leader, need to maintain proper control of the team. As a leader you are constantly on the move and constantly keeping things in order. There was one point during the week where I sat down amongst the chaos and asked myself, “Why am I doing this?”
Later that night I was counseling a boy. I asked him if he believed in Jesus. He said he did. I then asked him if he believed that he was going to heaven. As he sat there tears began to pour down his face and he said that he didn’t think he was going to heaven. I told him that he didn’t just have to think he was going to heaven, but that he could know he was going to heaven. I read John 3:16 which says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. That young boy prayed and received Christ that very day. “Why am I doing this?” I do it for kids like him and nothing would make me happier than to do this every week for the rest of my life.
For those of you reading this letter and you’re not sure if you’re going to heaven, know that Jesus is the only one who can save you. Acts 4:12 says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
The Key is Jesus Christ
Over the summer I led a team of 28 teens to an Indian Reservation in Montana. The joy that comes from teaching teenagers to live right before God is unspeakable. Very often Indians will have these festivals called pow-wows. At these pow-wows they do tribal dancing. We had the privilege of going to some of these pow-wows as a team and shared the gospel. Pretty much every single Indian believes that there is some sort of higher power or creator. They believe in one god. They believe that a god created everything and should be honored and respected. Some people may ask, “How are they different from Christians? Does this mean they believe the same thing?” The key is Jesus Christ. Many of them don’t believe in the deity of Jesus. We taught these teens that when you share the gospel, don’t forget to mention Jesus, because He is the reason there is a Gospel. The teens led about 15 people to the Lord at these pow-wows. There’s power in the name of Jesus and one day every knee will bow down to Him.
When someone shares the Gospel with a person and that person accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, something miraculous happens. About two years ago I had the privilege of leading a 12 year old boy to the Lord. I asked this kid if he believed in Jesus. He said that he didn’t believe in all that garbage. I then asked him if he believed that Jesus was the King of Kings. I asked him if he believed that Jesus died and rose again. I asked him if he believed that Jesus was the Savior of the world. He said yes to all these questions and he prayed and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior that moment. He said that he felt clean and at peace after that and another leader said, “That’s because you are a new creation.”
What we can learn from this, is the fact that man does not lead someone to Christ, but God does. I didn’t debate with him or try to persuade him. I just mentioned Jesus and God did the saving, not me. What a miracle. I can share other stories of people getting born again and it’s always because of the power of God.
Be a Part
I thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Pray for me as I’m doing my support raising this month. I have quite a bit of money to raise for the next year, but I know that God will provide. I’ve never been unable to do what I love and know I need to do, because of a lack of money. If you would like to support me you can follow the instructions at the bottom of this newsletter. Any amount of money would be a huge blessing to me and no amount of money is too small. Lord bless you all and know that Jesus loves and cares for you all.