It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord! And I want to do just that, right now. Through thick and thin, long and short, black and white, ups and downs, my loving Heavenly Father is there, sustaining, guiding, providing for and protecting. THANK YOU LORD! As I write this, our Australia Boot Camp teams are out on their projects – in Madagascar, Vanuatu, Germany, India and Cambodia, and I am visiting family in Texas and Florida, and the Teen Missions International base before flying back to Queensland for Debrief next week. To be back at the hub of this organization is always a blessing, – meeting up with fellow workers and volunteers who come and go, catching up on news from the different bases around the world, hearing about the neat things God is doing in so many places.
To catch up with family too, is always a blessing. As I helped five-year-old Ethan, my great-grandson, do his homework the other night, memories of long-forgotten Correspondence School lessons with his grandmother in Venezuela surfaced. And I realized how some things have changed beyond recognition, but kids are still having to learn how to count. It’s the HOW that has changed! I have a granddaughter graduating from Berry College (GA) in May, and another from high school in Panama City (FL). Will I be able to get to the graduations?
News from Ecuador is positive. There are four young people in training in the Bible School, the community outreach to neighboring families is continuing through children’s meetings every week, and plans for this coming summer’s Boot Camp are underway. There is an American Preteen Team going to be working down there in July, plus an Adult Work Team at the end of March. If anyone reading this would like to bless that country and our base coordinators, Ben and Ana Calderon, why not join one of these teams? Call Teen Missions office or register online.
Back in New Zealand, our year will be starting again once I return at the end of January. A brochure to produce, mailing and meetings, recruiting and set-up trips to Tonga and Fiji are already planned. Sarah and John are working hard at their restaurant in Rotorua- you can find them on TRIP ADVISOR under Rotorua Restaurants, Sabroso. I am grateful for the help and support they give me in daily maintenance and upkeep of my lakeside property there at Lake Tarawera. They will be there for me too, when I have cataract surgery in the not-too distant future. Yes, I have been told that I would probably not pass an eye test for my driver’s license if I had to sit one today, so we are looking at our options and trusting God for guidance in decisions that have to be made.
Please be praying for our Australia Debrief, for the young people as they go home, that the Holy Spirit will continue moulding and making them into the young adults God wants them to be. My principal job is checking in all the teams’ financial records. One of the ventures we are pushing for this year is an Australian Bible, Missionary & Work (BMW) Training Center Travel Team, which will be on the road for some of the year, studying as they go, and promoting the 2014-15 summer teams, plus the ministries of Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM) and AIDS Orphans and Street Children (AOSC). A lass from the Florida BMW has signed up to drive the bus for this team, so now please pray as the Lord brings it all together. May this year for you be filled with the knowledge of God’s love and care and goodness.
Joyfully serving Him,