Dear Friends, Family & Former Team Members-
I just wanted to begin my newsletter by saying thank you to all my faithful prayer and financial supporters who allow me to serve the Lord here at Teen Missions.
One of my favorite hymns is “God Will Take Care Of You”:
Chorus: God will take care of you, through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you, God will take care of you.
Verse: All you may need He will provide, God will take care of you;
nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you.
Recently, I was in need of a chiropractor. Knowing how much it costs, I was hesitant to call for an appointment. I was told it would be $50 for the new patient fee and $45 for each day of treatment. When I arrived to fill out the paperwork, Christian radio was playing and the receptionist was very welcoming. The doctor knew about Teen Missions. He was very friendly and asked a lot of questions about what I do and how I raise support. At the end of the session he told me that it would be no charge and that he would continue to provide treatment three times a week. What a blessing…God is so good!
Winter Jam Tour Update:
The following is from our staff, Steve Petersen, the Teen Missions representative on the tour:
“Teen Missions was a national sponsor of the Winter Jam 2013 tour. It was hosted by Newsong and featured 10 bands including Matthew West, Sidewalk Prophets, Jamie Grace and Toby Mac. We were privileged to share about missions with more than 550,000 youth and adults in 52 American cities between November and the end of March. We had hundreds of conversations and rejoice over the many team members and leaders who registered for trips this summer to serve the Lord.”
This was the second year that Teen Missions has sponsored Winter Jam. The tour consisted of the following:
• 143 tour personnel
• 10 tour buses
• 4 semi-trucks
• 10 Christian Bands
• 52 cities visited
• Over 553,000 attendees
• Over 150,000 making commitments to Christ
Preparation for Boot Camps:
Nine Big Tops are now up as we continue to prepare for Early Boot Camp Arrival Day on June 7. I continue to work in the Graphics Department, designing and printing literature, and creating ads and designs for our website and Facebook promotions. And again, I am in the middle of newsletter mailings for our staff. For me, this includes designing around 40 newsletters and printing over 20,000 copies in total to go out to all the different mailing lists. I am also printing brochures, and large banners for the upcoming Tabernacle openings in Ohio and Indiana and also for the MSSM Circuit Riders who will be on the road promoting MSSM from August 2013 through May 2014. With Boot Camp fast approaching there is always schedules, maps, tracts and literature to be done. We also print literature for the overseas bases that gets packed up and sent over with the teams.
This summer, Lord willing, I will be leading the Orphan Angels Motorcycle Team to the country of Madagascar! As of today our team has four leaders and 18 teenagers signed up and raising support. The following is the team description from our website:
Our team will grab their helmets and Bibles as we journey to Madagascar for an unforgettable summer. Following specialized training in motorcycle riding, bike maintenance and Sunday School at the Lord’s Boot Camp, our team will bus to the Orlando International Airport for a flight to London, England via Miami. We continue across Europe, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert to Nairobi, Kenya, before arriving in Antananarivo, the capital city. From Antananarivo, our team will bus 14 hours north, through the countryside, filled with valleys, hills and rivers to Teen Missions in Madagascar near Mahajanga. Each day, our team will ride from village to village and assist the Circuit Riders at the Sunday Schools. We will help with Sunday School lessons, phonics and quizzing. Time will be spent brainstorming for lesson illustrations, playing games with orphans and working one on one with those who wish to learn to read. Our team will be a blessing to the MSSM missionaries as we help bring the Word of God to the orphans and villagers.
Housing is in tents; bathing and laundry are done using a bucket. Before we leave Madagascar, we will be able to barter for items including hammocks, vanilla, drums, baskets and jewelry. On our return back to the U.S., we will have an overnight in Nairobi and experience a safari as we drive through the Nairobi National Park.
June 21 Registration Day
June 22 Orientation
June 23 – July 4 Boot Camp
July 5 Take Down Boot Camp
July 6 Pack Out/Commissioning
July 9 – 11 Travel To Project
July 12 – August 10 Work On Project
August 10 – 11 Travel To Debrief
August 13 – 16 Debrief Classes & Sightseeing
August 17 Go Home
Date Flight From/To Depart Arrive
July 9 American #1589 Orlando/Dallas 5:15 PM 7:05 PM
July 9/10 American #80 Dallas/London 9:25 PM 12:25 PM
July 10/11 Kenya #101 London/Nairobi 8:00 PM 6:30 AM
July 11 Kenya #756 Nairobi/Antananarivo 8:20 AM 11:40 AM
August 10 Kenya #757 Antananarivo/Nairobi 12:40 PM 4:00 PM
August 10/11 Kenya #102 Nairobi/London 11:45 PM 6:45 AM
August 11 American #57 London/Miami 9:50 AM 2:25 PM
August 11 American #1990 Miami/Orlando 4:20 PM 5:20 PM
Thanks again for your support!