Monthly Newsletter – February 2013

blands at desk A word from our Director:

We are excited about all that has been happening at Teen Missions since the new year began. Over 560 registrations for the 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 or guardian 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.

 


FIRST $300

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 with the Florida address. Canadian members and leaders use the green envelopes with the Canadian address.

 

CONTRIBUTION GOALS—VERY IMPORTANT! 

If you or your parents are personally contributing money in order to meet the initial $300 contribution, it will be considered a contribution and cannot be refunded. It is important that you first send donations from your sponsors before contributing your personal money. Contribution Goals include the first $300, halfway, three-fourths and, May 10 for Early and Peanut teams and May 15 for Super and Preteen teams.

 

SEND MONEY NOW/DO NOT HOLD IT

Support money needs to be sent now, as there are many expenses Teen Missions has already begun to pay. Also, our Finance Department needs to process it quickly in order to handle the load and keep your record up to date.

 

REGISTRATION PAPERWORK

The following should be mailed to the Teen Missions office, in the blue envelope provided, 30 days after you receive your support packet: Two Health Status/Release forms with parents signature on front and back, the General Fact Sheet card and Prayer Partner list and the Online Agreement Form if you registered online.

 

CANCELING FROM YOUR TEAM

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.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

You will receive a computer printout of your finance record with each monthly newsletter.

 

CANADIAN FINANCE RECORD

The monthly finance records for Canadian Teen Missions members will be mailed from the Outlook 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. Keep this finance record up to date and bring a copy to Boot Camp.

 

POSTDATED CHECKS

Please do NOT send postdated checks. Hold them until the negotiable date.

 

INDIVIDUAL TEAM INFORMATION

In April you will receive an individual team fact sheet with information pertaining to your specific team. At that time you will get the names of the registered team members going with you. Many of you have already found team members on facebook and other websites. This is fine, however, we do not want you to solicit funds from each other. Please do not make appeals for your financial support through facebook with existing team members. Raise your funds through personal contact, emails, phone calls and letters. Please direct all questions through the Teen Missions office.

 

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.

Third-party donations

Teen Missions is aware that new opportunities exist for fundraising for summer teams. Guidestar, Network for Good, and social networking sites like facebook all now include options for making charitable donations and creating “causes” that people can donate to. In most cases, however, a service fee is charged that reduces the donation total. Also, personal information and mailing addresses of donors are then under the third parties privacy policies rather than Teen Missions policy. For these reasons, Teen Missions advises/encourages direct donations by check to TMI. Online donations are possible by credit card at: www.teenmissions.org. Please link any online appeals for support to Teen Missions donation page.

 

MAILING CONTRIBUTION

Enclose at least three or four checks in each envelope. Please do not fold or attach checks to the donor 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. Please do not mail only one check per envelope or you will (or you already have) run out of them. If you do run out of envelopes, you can use a regular envelope, addressed to Teen Missions, Attn: Finance Dept. Please insure that every donation has a donor coupon.

 

DEPOSITS

Upon arrival at Boot Camp each team member pays a $20 refundable deposit on the tent they will be using and a $10 refundable deposit on literature. These deposits need to be in cash and will be returned at the end of the summer if the tent/living facilities are not damaged and the team member still has all literature issued to him/her. Do not send deposits to Teen Missions.

 

ADDRESS CHANGE

If you are moving or changing your address for any reason, please notify us of the address change. Send both your old and new addresses, and the effective date of the change. Address changes must be submitted in writing.

 

PASSPORT TEEN TEAMS

13025 United States, Indiana 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, Arizona does not need a passport. ALL other Preteen team members/leaders are required to have a passport. If you have not applied for one, do so today!

 

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.

 

Leader arrival

Leaders please consult your paperwork for your arrival and departure information as it differs from team members.

2013 BOOT CAMP COMMISSIONING DAYS

Early Boot Camp, Peanuts & Mustard Seeds  — Saturday, June 22

 

Super & Preteen Boot Camp — Saturday, July 6

 

PARENTS & FAMILY COMING TO COMMISSIONING

If parents are coming for Commissioning with an RV, there are spaces available at this time from Sonrise Palms or Forest Village (which is owned by Teen Missions). Phone number is 321-633-4335.

TRANSPORTATION HOME

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

 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS! 

As of February 12, 2013 all Teen and Preteen teams have openings except:

13006 India Full to girls

13009 Mongolia Canceled

13011 Australia Closed

13012 Ecuador Full to boys

13013 Estonia Canceled

13015 Ireland & N. Ireland Full to girls

13016 South Sudan Full to girls

13018 Philippines Closed

13019 Malawi Full to girls

13020 Spain/Gibraltar Canceled

13024 Tanzania Canceled

13023 Cameroon Full to girls

13027 Madagascar Closed

13072 Bethlehem Canceled

13072 Belize Full to boys

 

CHANGING TEAMS

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).

 

BOOTS

All leaders and 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., 400 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801, telephone: (407) 425-4932.

 

BREAK IN YOUR BOOTS!  THIS WILL HELP TO AVOID BOOT CAMP BLISTERS.

 

LEARN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS AND 

66 BOOKS OF THE BIBLE TODAY

Start learning the 10 Commandments and the books of the Bible, so you will have them memorized when you run the Obstacle Course at Boot Camp.

1.   Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

2.   Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

3.   Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

4.   Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

5.   Honor thy father and mother.

6.   Thou shalt not kill.

7.   Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8.   Thou shalt not steal.

9.   Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

10. Thou shalt not covet.

 

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 still openings. There will be Leader Seminars running up until June 19. Call the Teen Missions office at 321-453-0350 and ask Leader Placement for information on dates and locations.

 

TMI DVD — 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 at 321-453-0350 and ask for the Video Department.

 

TEEN MISSIONS PRAYER CLOSET — You are a part of the 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.

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