Do you believe that it is 2014? I wasn’t done with 2013 yet! Where does the time go? Bob and I had a relaxing holiday time, enjoying Christmas activities and working on household projects. We even had our stint of cold from the polar vortex in January—with lows in the 30’s. That is cold for us as we’ve acclimatized to the warmer Florida weather over the years we’ve been here.
Speaking of years, it is hard to believe that Bob will have been at Teen Missions for 25 years come May and I will reach that mark in another year. God has blessed us and our ministry in many ways over the years.
The Preteen program is what drew Bob to join Teen Missions staff back in 1989. He enjoys kids that age and is amazingly patient with them. It is incredible the work that 10-13 year olds can do for the Lord with the proper training and direction. Teen Missions training program, The Lord’s Boot Camp, is effective in doing just that.
In 1994, Teen Missions started Peanuts for seven-nine year olds. While Bob did not lead a Peanut Team in the early years of the program, he did play the part of Scripture Sam. He and his sidekick, Object, do short skits with topics like Neatness, Lying and Controlling the Tongue. Bob has an old striped sheet and a huge Bible that he carries as he shares the day’s object lesson. The kids love it—they’ve even been known to ask for his autograph! I volunteered to make a better costume, but he likes his sheet! Besides playing Scripture Sam every year, now he also leads a Peanut Team (which he will do again this year). Peanuts learn the plan of salvation, using the wordless book and the Roman Road in their classes, as well as how to use puppets and sing together. Each team gets to go out and do a presentation in the community. These kids are bold—they are not bashful at all in asking someone if they know Jesus.
For many years, Bob has led both a Peanut Team and a Preteen Team, bringing his team count up to 34 teams. He has worked in the Food Warehouse, Land Crew, Finance, Print Shop, Teen Missions Retreat Center and, for the last 18 years, the Literature Warehouse. He can tell you exactly where each of the 940 items in the warehouse are—which light switch, aisle and shelf and often how long it took to find someone to translate an item into a particular language. He has gone on numerous bus runs all over the U.S. and Canada and like the rest of the staff, wears different hats when the need arises. Giving tours of Teen Missions life-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle is another responsibility that Bob enjoys. They say that variety is the spice of life and we definitely get variety in our ministry with Teen Missions.
Singing is something that Bob does whenever possible. He is frequently the song leader for Teen Missions morning chapel time, has sung at Boot Camp rallies a few times and has been involved in the church choir, the Brevard Community Chorale, the Space Coast Symphony and other groups when possible.
We are thankful for all of you. You are the reason we have been able to serve the Lord here at Teen Missions over the years.
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost
I’m still playing catch-up from the extra time we were gone doing Tabernacle tours in Columbus, OH. There is a small glimmer of light showing at the end of the tunnel, but it will be a while before I reach it!
A new addition to my week is a cooking class. On Tuesday afternoons I go over to the kitchen where I teach a group of Bible school students how to cook. My groups alternate between rice and beans and stir fry. Many cultures around the world eat both rice and beans, so we will be fixing them in many different ways. The hardest part for me is to not cook, but just teach. So far I think the students have learned a few things and the food has been good.
Last Sunday at our Children’s Clubs we had 172 kids in attendance. 41 received Christ after the lesson about the birth of Jesus Christ. The children are learning to give to the Lord and gave 15,400 Riel in offering ($3.67 US). When you think about it in dollars and cents it isn’t much, but in their lives it is sacrificial giving.
Soucheat and Chung were out looking for a new place for ministry and Pastor Ephraim met them in the street. He asked them what they were doing and they told him. His eyes lit up and he said, “I have been praying for help! I don’t speak Khmer but I have all these children which I have gathered and try to teach. Now you came praying to find a place to minister. God answered both our prayers.” They immediately went and began teaching and found 40 children already gathered!