We are excited about all that has been happening at Teen Missions since the New Year began. Over 450 registrations for
2013 Teen Missions Teams have been received, and we praise the Lord that you are going to be part of His work this summer.
Each month you will receive a letter similar to this from our headquarters. Please read it very carefully. These letters are meant to be an encouragement to you as well as an update for important information. Should 45 days or more pass and you have not received any information from Teen Missions, please call the U.S./Canada Teams Department. After you and your parents/guardians have read this letter, please file it in the Teen Missions folder that you received in your packet. We ask that you pray daily for the staff of Teen Missions, the leaders, the mission you will be working with, your supporters, prayer partners and the other team members on your team.
SEND MONEY NOW, DO NOT HOLD IT
Your first $300 in contributions is due 30 days after you receive your Support Packet. U.S. team members and leaders use the gold envelopes. Canadian team members and leaders use the green envelopes. Support money needs to be sent now. Teen Missions has already made the first payments on the flights for all the 2013 teams. Also, our Finance Department needs to process the donations quickly in order to handle the load and keep your record up to date.
VERY IMPORTANT! PARENT AND TEAM MEMBERS NEED TO READ!
If you or your parents are personally contributing money in order to meet the initial $300 contribution goal, 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 from registration date and May 10 for Early and Peanut teams and May 20 for Super and Preteen teams.
The following should be mailed to the Teen Missions office within 30 days after you receive your support packet: Two Health Status/Release Forms, the Prayer Partner list and the General Fact Sheet Card signed by you and a parent/guardian. If you registered online, YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR YOUR TEAM, however you will also need to include the copy of the registration form SIGNED by you and a parent/guardian. 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. If we are not notified, you will be responsible for any airline cancellation fees, up to the cost of the ticket.
Each month you will receive a computer printout of your finance record with the monthly newsletter.
CANADIAN FINANCE RECORD
The monthly finance records for Canadian Teen Missions members will be mailed from the Outlook, SK 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 do NOT send postdated checks. Hold them until the negotiable date.
CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO YOU
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 Project Expense. Enclose at least three or four checks in each envelope. Do not mail only one check per envelope or you will (or you already have) run out of these colored envelopes. Each check needs a matching coupon (the coupon that is at the bottom of each support letter). Do not fold or attach checks to the coupons. Simply match the coupon with the check and place them in the envelope. If more than one person from the same family is going on a team, be sure to send the money in separate envelopes. If you do run out of colored envelopes, use a regular envelope and address it to Teen Missions, Attn: Finance Dept.
Please do not send your Tent & Literature Deposits to Teen Missions. It cannot be applied to your account. This money will be given to your team leader upon arrival at Boot Camp. It MUST be in cash, as we do not have the resources at Boot Camp to cash checks. The unused portion of the cash deposit will be returned to you on Go Home Day.
PASSPORT – Teen Teams
13025 United States does not need a passport. ALL other Teen team members/leaders are required to have a passport. If you have not applied for one, do so today!
PASSPORT – Preteen Teams
13074 United States does not need a passport. ALL other Preteen team members/leaders are required to have a passport.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
As of January 10, 2013 ALL Teen and Preteen teams have openings except:
13011 Australia full
13012 Ecuador full to boys
13014 Ireland & N. Ireland full to girls
13018 Philippines full
13019 Malawi full to girls
13023 Cameroon full to girls
13027 Madagascar full
13072 Belize full to boys
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).
TEAM PROJECT EXPENSE
The Team Project Expense cost was figured on October 2012 airline costs. Any cost increases from the airlines will be added on to the summer team Project Expense.
TRANSPORTATION TO BOOT CAMPS
Teen Missions will pick up team members at the Orlando International Airport (airport code MCO) on designated arrival days.
Team member arrival information:
Early Boot Camp
10 AM Friday, June 7 – 10 AM Saturday, June 8
Super Boot Camp
10 AM Thursday, June 20 – 10 AM Friday, June 21
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. Your flight must arrive in the 24 window indicated – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Preteen Boot Camp
10 AM Wed., June 26 – 10 AM Thurs., June 27
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. Parents with Preteen team members traveling as Unaccompanied Minors can call the Teen Missions office 24 hours before their departure to obtain the name of the greeter that will meet your child. Your flight must arrive in the 24 window indicated – NO EXCEPTIONS
Leaders, please consult your paperwork from the Leader Department for your arrival information as it differs from team members.
2012 BOOT CAMP COMMISSIONING DAYS
Early Boot Camp, Peanuts & Mustard Seeds – Saturday, June 22
Super & Preteen Boot Camp – Saturday, July 6
Teen Missions provides transportation to either the Orlando International Airport (airport code MCO) or the Titusville Greyhound Bus Station. Book your transportation home arrangements between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on your “Go Home” day.
Early Boot Camp teams – Wednesday, July 31
Preteen Boot Camp teams – Monday, August 5
Super Boot Camp teams 13011 – 13019 – Saturday, August 10
Super Boot Camp teams 13021 – 13028 – Saturday, August 17
All leaders and TEEN and PRETEEN team members: Don’t forget to buy your 6-inch (8-inch are preferred if you can find them) all-leather lace-up construction boots now and break them in before you come to Boot Camp. If you have difficulty locating 6”- 8” construction boots, you may contact Al’s Army Store, Inc., 23 North Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805, telephone: (407) 425-4932.
BREAK IN YOUR BOOTS!
This will help to avoid Boot Camp blisters.
TEAM LEADER TRAINING SEMINAR
If you know of any singles or married couples who might be interested in being a leader on a summer Teen or Preteen Team, let them know that there are openings. There will be leader seminars running up until June 19. Call Teen Missions office at 321-453-0350 and ask for Leader Placement for dates and locations.
VOLUNTEERS FOR JESUS
What helps make Boot Camp successful? Over 100 volunteers who come each summer for two to eight weeks to serve the Lord as cooks, kitchen helpers, bus drivers, instructors, security guards, maintenance workers, mechanics, general helpers, etc. Help us spread the word that Boot Camp volunteers are needed!! Tell your parents, churches, relatives and friends. You must be at least 20 years old (18 for Former Team Members) or older to work at Boot Camp. For more information and a brochure, write or call Teen Missions 321-453-0350 and ask for the Volunteer Office.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS & GRADUATES
If you are looking for a Bible school, why not consider Teen Missions Florida Free Bible, Missionary & Work Training Center (BMW) located in Merritt Island, Florida? Florida Free is a unique opportunity for those who feel called to full-time missions and want the academic program for a Bible institute without the financial obligations involved. For information and a brochure, write or call Teen Missions, 321-453-0350 to speak to the BMW Coordinator.
A DVD of the Teen Missions program (Boot Camp Scrapbook) is available for a donation. This can be a great help in raising your support. To order the Boot Camp Scrapbook call Teen Missions 321-453-0350 and ask for the Video Department.
You are a part of Teen Missions prayer vigil. During the 40-hour work week, a staff member is always praying in the prayer closet at the Merritt Island office. Your prayer card is in our prayer closet and you are brought before the Lord in prayer every business day. Each of the teams going out this summer also receives prayer to prepare everyone involved with the project. The team leaders, mission, missionaries, national believers, local witness of the team and building supplies are all prayer concerns for the teams. Prayer is unquestionably a vital, necessary part of all mission boards and ministries such as Teen Missions. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)