What a whirlwind the months seem to be these days! I find myself in awe at how fast the time flies by. We always know when we start the new year, that it will be the blink of an eye and we will be in Boot Camp again preparing a group of teens to go overseas.
Our fall included a trip to Ohio in October to take down the Old Testament Tabernacle that was in Grove City. It just so happened that the trip coincided with the annual Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge, our hometown. It was so good to be there for the festival and for all of us to see fall again. The girls were amazed at the beauty of the fall foliage and it was good to see so many of our friends and family.
The week before Thanksgiving, the BMW students surprised Shannon and I with a “Thank You” Dinner with turkey and all the fixings. We gathered around the table together for a real “family” night. They gave us a thank you card and a love gift. What a blessing it is to be a part of mentoring these students and seeing them pursue God’s calling in their lives. They are a wonderful group of young people. We have several of them preparing to start their internships overseas this summer. Pray for them as they raise their support and obediently fulfill The Great Commission. I have also been busy putting together text books and reference books for three of our Bible Schools overseas, one of which is a brand new school in Tanzania.
Taylor came home for Thanksgiving and it was good to have our family all together again for the holidays. She is enjoying her new position at Asbury University and traveled extensively this fall to represent the University at College Fairs and high schools.
Our trip at Christmas was busy and full of activity. We were forced to cut our time home short due the “Polar Vortex” that arrived in early January. We were sad not to be able to keep all of our scheduled visits. Also, Taylor had gallbladder surgery on December 29. I am so glad that I was able to be there to nurse her back to health.
We are really looking forward to the summer with great anticipation. For seven years, Shannon and I have hoped to go to Africa together and this summer we may finally get our wish. We are assigned to lead the Uganda Soccer Team. Our team will travel to our base in Koboko in northern Uganda near the borders of the Congo and South Sudan. Our project will be to use soccer as an evangelism tool and to minister to the orphans there. Although Shannon has been to Africa twice, I have never had the opportunity to go. I can’t wait to finally get there and see our AIDS Orphans Rescue Units and Bible School first hand. We will also work to finish construction of the Bible School buildings there.
Madison plans to travel to Burma (Myannmar) on a team that will help with a building project at an orphanage. She will be traveling to an area that has been closed to foreigners until recently. She is excited to be on another team and has been very adamant about asserting her independence in serving on a team apart from us. We are proud of the young woman she is becoming.
Canaan will finish his degree at UCF in May and is hoping to serve an internship overseas. His interview has been postponed until the fall. He has had a few seizures recently due to changes in his medicine and the mission agency would like for him to get his medical status stabilized a little more before he is considered for the internship. Please pray that God will heal him and protect him.
Zoe has had quite a year! She sang “Tomorrow” from the play, Annie, in her school talent show. She got a first place ribbon for her Science Fair project and will go to the District Science Fair in March. She is preparing to start Upward Basketball. She will travel with us to Uganda this summer although she is trying to convince me she is ready for a Preteen Team.
Shannon helped facilitate the Master Missionary Gardener Program that we started with the students. His garden was his pride and joy and we have enjoyed the bounty of it—cucumbers, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, sunflowers over 10 feet tall and beautiful, colorful zinnias that Maddie and Zoe planted. He will soon help oversee a new project to grow tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and lettuce for Boot Camp.
We look forward to this time of year here in Florida as we see several friends that come from up the north trying to get warm. We love to see familiar faces volunteering here at Teen Missions because we can always use the help and fellowship.
Thanks again to those of you we had a chance to visit with during Christmas break; we are sorry we didn’t get to see everyone while we were home. Thanks for keeping us in your prayers as we plan for this upcoming year of ministry and wait in anticipation of where and what the Lord is leading us to.
Here is an opportunity to help someone change their life and live free, forgiven and full of hope.
Teen Missions Bible School students in Pretoria, South Africa, have a weekly ministry they call, “The Samaritan Ladies”. These ladies are prostitutes who walk the roads near the base property. Some have said they would like to be saved and change their lifestyle, but they feel they are powerless to do so. One lady said, “I have two small children and I’ll have no money for food for my children if I quit prostitution. I have no skill to get a job.” Some have accepted Christ and looked for other work but due to the lack of skills and training, found themselves back on the streets.
Teen Missions would like to build a vocational school at our base and teach four basic, useable skills for these ladies. Each would register for one of the four schools offered and graduate with a certificate that will help her acquire a job.
- School of sewing—tailor work is a profitable business.
- School of baking and cooking—it is possible to set up a small business baking bread and pastries.
- School of jewelry making—there is a market for inexpensive jewelry and it is a trade that can be started with little outlay.
- School of computers—those who are computer literate have a good chance of getting a job.
- Building $30,000
- Jewelry tools & parts $300
- Computers 6 @ $800 each = $4800
- Baking pans $50
- Sewing machines 6 @ $100 each = $600
- Sewing supplies $50 (Scissors, needles, buttons, material)
- Oven $500
If you would like to help with this project, you can send your donation to Teen Missions and mark it for “Samaritan Ladies Project.”
The Bobb Family