Dear Family and Friends,
The world did not end—the Mayans were wrong! I know this because I started my Christmas cards on December 22 (December 21, 2012 was not the end of the world as they predicted). Matthew 24:36 tell us that only God knows when that will happen. We are content to let Him be in control. It is a reminder to us that we need to be ready at any time for His return.
2012 went by quickly in our house. It seems like we were just celebrating the New Year and here we are, doing it all over again. With the Teen Missions Summer Team Brochure going out even earlier this year, there is no slow time for us in the Finance Department. The gold envelopes in which the team members send their summer team support have been coming in regularly. Used to be we didn’t get many until late January or into February. At the time of this writing, we have over 480 team members and leaders registered. I’ve already begun bringing work home because there just isn’t time to get it all done in the eight hours we spend at the office.
Bob is, as usual, packing literature for the summer teams and the Overseas Boot Camps. This is a Bible-marking year—a chain reference on different topics that the team members mark in their Bibles. That means that Bob has 4,000 pencils to sharpen and put into packets as well as the usual notebooks and other literature that he puts together. He has spent quite a bit of time over the years finding people to translate some of our materials into the other languages that are used in our overseas bases. He does get some help from volunteers who come south to escape the colder weather up north, but it is still a lot to do.
We do not know at this time what God has in store for us this summer, so we’ll let you know in our next letter. We’ve heard of a couple possibilities, but after all the changes last summer, we are going to wait patiently on Him before we tell you!
It was with a great deal of sadness that we learned of the passing of my father’s brother (Uncle Bob) and my mother’s sister (Aunt Arlene) in the last month. We are losing that generation and will miss them. I am so thankful that we got to visit with Uncle Bob when we were in California last August. Unfortunately, it was just too far to go for either of their memorial services.
Bob continues to sing with several groups. Right now he’s rehearsing with a small group that sings with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. They’ve been learning songs from musicals for the next program at the end of January. Not only is Bob in the chorus, but he has two solos and a character part. That means costume changes besides the usual singing. There is always music to learn and to share. I’m thankful that he is back in voice. Just before Christmas he had an inner ear infection that laid him low for almost two weeks. Unfortunately, that meant he missed several concerts that he was to sing in. I’m glad that he recovered in time to sing “Comfort Ye” from Handel’s Messiah at the Church Christmas concert. That is one of my favorites.
I am still trying to finish some unfinished projects. A friend is building a wall of cabinets for us to use for storage in our family room, replacing a closet. I wanted to help and learn about woodworking, but my job ended up being sanding, staining, sanding and putting coats of polyurethane on the pieces, with, of course, more sanding. It’s looking pretty good. I’m looking forward to having it put together so we can put stuff away. Our Christmas decorations are still up because we cannot get to boxes nor is there any place to put boxes if we could fill them!
We’ve had some plumbing issues. I am so thankful that I can have running water in the kitchen sink again. Between tree roots and disintegrating pipes, we’ve had a time of it the last month or so. God has been good and provided help through good friends in getting things flowing again. Even the wiring in the kitchen went out. All our small appliances on one side of the kitchen have stopped working, including the microwave oven. You don’t realize how much you use it until you don’t have one. It was back to the old fashioned way of heating and reheating things—in a pan on the stove. We finally figured out that the wiring was bad. Praise God for another friend who replaced some wiring and sockets—and that we did not have an electrical fire. Aren’t older homes fun?
God has been good to us in 2012. He has provided for all our needs through many of our friends and through you, who enable us to serve Him here at Teen Missions. Thank you and may God richly bless you in 2013!
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost