Hi Everyone! As most of you know by now, we were not allowed to stay in the United Kingdom which has resulted in us returning to the States. The past week has been very busy but enjoyable as we redirected our team to a new assignment a little closer to home. Last Monday we traveled from Glasgow back to Orlando and then on to Teen Missions Headquarters. We were housed in air-conditioned staff housing for several days while we recuperated and waited for our partner team, Indiana, to commission from Super Boot Camp. While in Florida our team took the opportunity to visit a local beach for the day and do a bit of shopping to stock up on essential items. On Thursday night we joined the Boot Camp rally one more time to cheer on our project partners as they headed out from Boot Camp. Early Friday we all boarded a classic TMI bus and headed north to Indiana. The trip was a lot of fun, and a great opportunity for our teams to get to know each other and fellowship. Steve and Gaye Peterson, the leaders of the Indiana Team, drove us up safely without any incident. I was very excited to be paired with Steve for this trip as he was my first head leader when I went with TMI to Africa in the 90’s.
Saturday afternoon we arrived at our destination in Evansville, Indiana, where we were welcomed by TTT Ministries, the organization we will be partnering with in evangelism for the next three weeks. On Saturday night, we participated in a teen rally and water fight followed by a Gospel message. Starting Monday we will be sending teams to several county and state fairs where TTT has booths set up offering passers by a cool drink of water and an even more refreshing taste of the Gospel. While here we will also be helping them with a few work projects on their campus.
Sunday morning our team was hosted by the ScottsBoro Baptist Church where we given the stage to present music and testimonies as well as a little drama, after which we were blessed by a BBQ lunch put on for us by the church. After lunch they blessed us with gifts of straw hats and bandanas to prepare us for fitting at the fair. There were many compliments for our teens for their strong witness, positive demeanors and excellent musical ability.
It truly has been a busy week as our team has had to shift gears several times from one plan to another. Despite this, the team has maintained a very high level of morale even with the disappointment of having to leave Scotland early, demonstrating the high level of maturity present in our team members. Of course everyone has struggled with discouragement at times, but as a group we have maintained an awesome sense of God’s calling as each teen seems willing to accept whatever God has in plan for us. Please pray for each individual teen—for their continued encouragement and attitude as we enter into a new battlefield of ministry. I am certain that God has called our specific team here to win disciples in a way that only our team of highland warriors could. Blessings?
*For those of you with specific questions about the team, I am unable to accept calls at this time. Please contact our head office. Parents – All communication needs to come through the Teen Missions’ office.