Well, we put up Big Tops # 1 and 2 on April 16. The Boot Camp office is set up. The Visitor and Mustard Seed tents are also up. The weather is starting to warm up and has even reached the high 80’s occasionally and the mosquitoes are coming out of hiding. Wow! Time is flying by and before you know it, these tents are going to be full of team members and leaders ready to serve the Lord all over the world this summer! Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were preparing for the 2013 teams?????
We are all doing great and we praise the Lord for it! The kids are looking forward to the end of the school year and are experiencing major cases of “senioritis”, even though none are seniors! They are already starting their “testing” time—FCAT, end of year course exams, etc. Please pray that they will stay focused and will finish strong.
Lindsay continues to work at a couple of jobs. She received her certification to give out medications at the assisted living facility where she is working. They have been told that there is a good chance that it will have to close down, but they haven’t closed it yet. In fact, they have greatly increased her hours. She is still waiting to hear back from some schools before making a decision where she will be going to school next year for a degree in Social Work. Please pray for her as she is making this decision and that she will follow the direction of the Lord in every area of her life.
Colton will be going to an orientation meeting at Florida Eastern State University. He will be taking a few college courses during his senior year. He is still not sure what direction he wants to go after he graduates from High School, but he still has a year to figure it out. He is excited about going to Mongolia and Korea this summer.
Danae turned 16 this month and got her Driver’s License today! She was so excited! She will be taking BJ to soccer practice tonight for her first “real” drive. Now, we are dealing with the “insurance sticker shock”…She continues to do well in school, but is so looking forward to it being over. She came out to the office during Spring Break to help out. She ended up cleaning some of the motorcycles and even got to ride one for the first time. She cannot wait to ride in Madagascar and teach Sunday School to village children!
BJ’s soccer team made it to the “Sweet Sixteen” of State Cup, so we will be traveling over to the other side of the state for that round. They have to play a really tough team (#3 in the state) for their next game. He also did really well in Middle School track. He usually did the long jump and ran in several relays. He is like Lindsay in that he is really good with sprinting. I cannot believe he will be in High School next year! He has applied for the DiVinci Academy (a sort of engineering program in the high school), and was accepted! He talked me into giving him my camera and he cannot wait to take some “real” pictures this summer in Uganda (along with working on a building at the Bible School in Koboko and playing soccer on the weekends).
Praise the Lord, the kids have all of their support! Thank you to all who sacrificially gave and will be praying for them this summer! They are all looking for “odd jobs” to do in order to get some spending money and money for deposits, etc.. Please pray for health and safety in all their travels and while on their project sites. Most of all, please pray that they grow and become more solidified in their relationships with the Lord this summer.
We are still slated to go to Myanmar (Burma) this summer and work on an orphanage in the small village of Gwa. Right now, we have 15 team members and two other leaders. Please pray for health and safety for our team in our travels and while on the work project. Please also pray for unity among the leadership and that we will all be a godly example to our team members and to the nationals we are serving.
In February, we made a quick trip up to Illinois for Paul’s mom’s 80th birthday celebration. We ended up driving through Atlanta in the middle of the night and during their second major snowstorm of the season. It was a beautiful sight to see the snow from just south of Atlanta to Mount Eagle Mountain in Tennessee. We are so thankful for the reliable vehicle that the Lord provided and for the safety while on the roads. There was a ton of snow in Illinois and the kids were able to go snowboarding for the first time! It was great to be able to spend some time with Paul’s family (even Nick) and the birthday celebration was great! Even though we
thoroughly enjoyed our short time up north, we were so thankful to get back to the warmth in Florida!
These next few weeks will be filled with getting all of our supplies out of our storage shed, sorting and packing for our summer teams, purchasing clothes (sometimes I wish these kids would stop growing!), boots and other things we will need for our trips. On the work front, we will be finalizing the travel plans, making and receiving a ton of phone calls, processing the visa paperwork, putting the last-minute touches on Boot Camp and eagerly anticipating the arrival of over 650 team members and leaders! Please pray for us in this crazy time—that we will display love and grace through our speech and actions and that we will have wisdom as we deal with the parents. Especially pray as we will all be separated for the first time as a family. This is really hard for me, but I know that my children belong to the Lord and He loves them so much more than I do.
Thank you SO MUCH for your faithfulness in praying for us and supporting us so that we can be a part of this ministry. We are getting ready to embark on another exciting adventure for the Lord and we know that we could not do it if it were not for you. THANK YOU!!! Please pray that our support will be adequate this summer and that there will not be a “summer drought” in our finances.
Paul, Beth, Lindsay, Colton, Danae and BJ Kostner