After being at Teen Missions International (TMI) for three months, I can tell you that I absolutely love working here and I’m so thankful that God has brought me here. I’ve met a lot of incredible people who love the Lord and are so much fun to work with. I do miss my family and friends back home, but after returning to Iowa over Christmas break and the bitter cold temperatures, I’m even more thankful for the chance to live and work in Florida!! We’re praying for those of you experiencing such extreme temperatures this winter. You’re always welcome to come visit and escape that weather for a while!!!
It was great to spend some time with my kids and grandkids in Iowa, attend my family Christmas and also my niece’s wedding. I was also blessed to have an opportunity to present the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM) at Old Union Christian Union Church in Missouri while I was back in the Midwest. Thank you for your hospitality – it was wonderful to get to know some of the members there and share about this ministry.
The new MSSM office is so wonderfully spacious. We can spread out projects and have “room to spare.” Since joining staff, I have been working on the reporting process so we can do our best to have accurate information for the Sunday School sponsors and our inventory system to help keep track of what we need to send to the overseas Sunday Schools. I’m also still working with the traveling Circuit Riders and their schedule. IF YOU GET A CHANCE BE SURE TO GO SEE THEM – YOU WILL BE SOOO BLESSED!! One of my jobs has been to help keep track of the new sponsors the Circuit Riders are getting as they present the ministry.
We now have 151 Sunday Schools and enough new sponsors to begin three more circuits (or 18 more Sunday Schools). Praise the Lord!!! Two new circuits have just started in Borneo, Indonesia. A new circuit and a half will begin in Malawi soon and also one new circuit in Cambodia. Until now, all our Sunday Schools have been in Africa, so it’s great to see this expansion to other countries as well.
I have been teaching a cooking class each Monday where groups of four Bible School students rotate and learn to cook for a large group. We spend the afternoon preparing dinner for the approximately 30 (which includes the Bible School students and a few of the staff). If has been tons of fun to have this time to get to know the students, get away from the desk for a little while, and “play” in a big kitchen again. However, I think many of the students know as much, if not more, about cooking than I do.
I’m excited to be going on the Borneo Jungle Motorcycle Team next summer where two new circuits were just started in November! Riding a motorcycle will be a first for me, but it should be fun learning how to do it (and they’ve assured me, I will be allowed to ride with someone else if I can’t get it!). My main job will be to cook for the team, but will get to see firsthand how a Sunday School works so I can’t wait.
PRAISING THE LORD FOR:
1 – His financial provision each month (monthly support is at approx. 60%)
2 – The opportunity to serve the Lord here
3 – 466 registrations so far for 2014 teams (43 teams in over 32 countries)
4 – Warmth of central Florida (I don’t want to rub it in, but I’m very thankful for it this year)!
THANK YOU!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support through prayer as well as financially. I know that many people sacrifice to support this ministry with their finances and I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated. Thank you SO much!