A big “Hello!” to our friends, family, church and former team mates!
A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:4)
In our last newsletter, we shared our plans to lead the Wales team this summer. However, due to lack of registrations, the team has been cancelled. Although we won’t be rekindling old friendships with faces from the past, we will still be able to forge new ones with those whom we will meet this summer in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Perched on the northwest tip of Europe, we have been told that Ireland is one place in the world where spending time getting lost is worthwhile…a romantic sounding idea, yes, but not a very practical one! With ancient myths and legends to uncover, amazing landscapes to explore and locals who will be more than happy to reveal hidden gems about the emerald isle, we are sure to return home with memories that will last a lifetime. We will enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. We will spend two weeks in Dublin, Ireland, doing open-air evangelism among the people, using puppets, music and drama to share Christ’s love. After spending two weeks in Ireland, we will board a bus to Belfast, NorthernIreland, where we will be involved in neighborhood youth ministry and door-to-door witnessing. Please keep our team in prayer. Since our team is an all evangelistic team, fear of rejection and being mocked and laughed at will be trials that our team will face. Oh, that we will remain steadfast to proclaim the Truth even in the midst of difficult storms that test our faith. After all, can anything separate us from Christ’s love? No! Oh that we would clearly be able to communicate the message of Roman’s 8:38-39 to our team mates: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And that our lives would boldly be able to reflect that message as well.
Have you ever watched a caterpillar escape from its cocoon into either a butterfly or a moth? The process is quite remarkable but it is also
a very valuable spiritual lesson too! Slowly the cocoon will begin to crack as the caterpillar inside struggles to get out. A natural instinct of someone watching the process would be to cut the cocoon to help the caterpillar escape. Interfering however, would cause the creature inside to be hurt. It needs to be left to struggle on its own so that it can emerge a beautiful butterfly or moth. Remembering the caterpillar’s need to struggle, I understand how my past actions of motherly-love have interfered with my girl’s path to growing up. I am definitely guilty of trying to help and protect my children more than I should. With homeschooling, for example, I realize that I need to be firm and expect Kenya to do her own schoolwork without asking for help on every question. Spelling out every answer will be damaging to the development of her reasoning and thinking processes. Oh how I need to learn to balance the dual role I play as parent and teacher! I am thankful for the privilege of teaching my children. My prayer is that the Lord would show me how to educate them with a healthy balance of love and discipline and not remove the struggles that will cause them to grow in knowledge. Homeschooling aside, I know that over-protecting my daughters can be the result of lack of faith on my part. I limit what God can do in their lives by clutching them to me and not releasing them into God’s hands. After all, I can’t be everywhere but He can. I know without a shadow of doubt that God is in control of my life and the lives of my children. If I believe this, what need have I to fear? His promises are true and unchanging and in that knowledge there is rest and peace to be found.
A word from Mike:
Work, as is usually the case, is busy! When one job is complete, another two or three seem to always take its place! I recently put in brand new culverts and a driveway at Teen Missions. It was a big job dealing with the county and inspectors everyday, but it looks very good!! Unfortunately, I hurt my back on Easter weekend and have been out of work for two weeks and counting on doctor’s orders. I am feeling much better and am anxious to return to work. I would ask for your prayers that I would continue to get better and not re-injure it. In May is the big Tabernacle trip and everything is very heavy, and awkward. Also, getting all the things ready for Boot Camp is of course the big push right now.
We want to continue to thank each one of you for taking a personal interest in our ministry with Teen Missions and in our family. We could not be here without your constant encouragement, prayers and support. The Lord truly shows His goodness to us through each of you. May the Lord shower His blessings on you for your faithfulness.
Mike, Michelle, Kenya, Isabelle & Lily Myers
Praise…Kenya is signed up to go on her first Peanut team, the Cookie Command team. Her team will bake cookies. Each cookie will have a Bible verse attached to it. They will then take these cookies to share with the personnel at nearby police stations and fire departments.
Pray…Kenya is signed up to go on her first Peanut team! Our children are the biggest ‘cares’ we have. Oh, that the Lord would continue to help us (me especially) to release them into His hands. Only He can raise them right and truly keep them safe. And what good hands He has…what greater comfort is there?
Praise…Isabelle was awarded a full scholarship for her to attend Calvary Chapel for Kindergarten in the fall!
Pray…We still have just under $1000 left to raise for our summer team expenses. May we not be anxious about finances, but rather, seek His kingdom first, knowing that as we do, we will have all we need.
Pray…Mike hurt his back getting out of the van of all things!!! He was on bed rest for two weeks but is back to work now. He is feeling better, although we have been told that back injuries can be quite delicate in the healing process. May the Lord continue to set it in perfect working order and to strengthen his body to endure his workload.
Pray…Lord, enlarge our ability to believe in You, Your Word, Your promises, Your ways, and Your power. May we rely totally upon You, be led by You, put You first, and acknowledge You in everything we do. May we live the kind of faith-filled lives God has called us to experience.