“In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose interposed with an oath, in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.” Hebrews 6:17-19
Happy Spring! I know many of you suffered with one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record, so we know you are looking forward to blossoms in bloom and warmer weather. Although we did experience a cooler winter than normal, we were always without snow. As you see flowers popping up around you, we see Big Top tents going up. We are well into our preparation for the summer training camps. All five of our Big Tops are up and being loaded with equipment, stages and chairs.
Boot Camp is always a busy time for us. Tom is traditionally “Mr. OC”, and coordinates the morning Obstacle Course (OC) that the teens run each day, along with helping with video and computer needs. He is also one of two men to coordinate SBs (Special Blessing training for those who need a little extra instruction in their free time so they remember there are consequences for poor choices.) I teach classes, coordinate the Preteen program, teach outdoor cooking, prepare special outdoor meals and do whatever needs to be done with the various departments I oversee. We covet your prayers!
Tom traveled to Cameroon February 22nd and arrived back home March 8th. He spent the majority of his time at the base meeting with and encouraging our staff and working on finances. Our two staff families, the Aseneks and the Fons, are doing well. We have five little “staff” boys ranging in age from 9 years to 20 months old. The boys always look forward to Papa Tom’s arrival and enjoy coming down to see him each day, because they know Papa will always talk to them and will have a treat. He did travel out to one of the Rescue Units and was impressed with the job the facilitators are doing. The couple have a little girl who is the same age as our granddaughter, so he got in some Papa time playing with Praise. He also visited our Motorcycle Sunday School Mission Circuit to see how it was doing. The ministry is well received and making a difference in the lives of so many. We have 10 Bible School students and they seem to be enjoying the opportunity to learn and grow in the knowledge of Jesus. While in Cameroon, Peter, an intern, received the news that his brother passed away. Tom went with him to the burial the day before he left the country and Peter was so blessed that Papa came.
I missed Tom, but was so busy while he was gone, that the time just flew by! I took a day away from the office and went to school with Kalah. Wow, its been a long time since I have been surrounded by that many five year olds. I enjoyed reading to them and helping with crafts, but boy was I tired at the end of the day. I don’t know how Kalah does it. Several teachers and the principal stopped me and told me how much they appreciate her teaching abilities and her love for the children—made this mommy proud! Several changes have taken place in my life since January. In the office, along with my normal responsibilities of editing, teaching and my current department, I am helping out in the Leader Placement Department.—Needless to say there is never a dull moment! There are days that it seems I am on the phone for hours. God has really stretched me, especially in the area of long suffering when dealing with different types of people. The other major change has been in my diet. We learned at the end of January, that I am gluten intolerant, which means I am allergic to wheat, rye, barley and anything containing them. I have had problems for many years and it was beginning to get worse. I am so glad we found the solution. I feel better than I have in years! It is so surprising to discover exactly what has wheat in it. I can no longer enjoy licorice which I loved, and I really have to read labels. Now that I am gluten free, anything with wheat gives me much pain, but I am just so grateful we found the problem, and I am thankful that I do love rice! Our word for the year is ANCHOR. I have really hung on to Jesus these past few months. In the midst of what at times seems overwhelming, I have such rest in Him. In fact, I was telling the students in class this past week that we can buy sleep but only God gives rest. I am so grateful for the peace that God gives!
Daniel and Kelsey are getting married on May 17, 2014 here in Florida. Tom, Deena and Elsie will be here for the wedding as well as my parents and brother, Brad. We are excited!!!! I will be cooking the rehearsal dinner and we will have it here at our Retreat Center. It’s hard to believe that my “baby” is old enough for this, but he has grown into such a wonderful man. After much prayer, he has decided to postpone the police academy until the fall and spend a few months with his new bride before having a schedule where he will work in the morning and attend school in the evenings. This is his address if you wish to send him a wedding card, something he would be blessed by. Daniel Maher 3000 Bennett Ln. Apt. 306 Melbourne, FL 32935.
SUMMER MINISTRY PLANS
Lord willing, we are headed to Cameroon TOGETHER! We plan to lead the Cameroon Foot Washing Team and then stay over for at least six weeks. I have really missed Cameroon and can’t wait to return. The team will be washing the feet of orphans and giving them a pair of shoes. Other ministry will be to share the Gospel via dramas, puppets and just by showing love to others. We will be visiting our most remote Unit and I am sure the children will be blessed. We have never taken a group of teenagers out to this village. We appreciate your prayers as it is remote and travel can be intense especially in the rainy season. After the team leaves we plan to have all our Rescue Unit facilitators and Circuit Riders to the base for a time of training. We will have meetings with the Bible School teachers, our board and will probably speak in several locations as well.
As a ministry, there are many new open doors before us. We are hoping to open a new work in Myanmar and in Mongolia. Pray with us that we will be able to see these projects through to completion. The growth of Motorcycle Sunday School is so amazing. This year we have added nearly 50 more Sunday schools. We currently have 162 running with many more to place! We began our 40 hours of prayer 24/7 on April 22. Tom and I will each have an hour slot to pray over our ministry worldwide—what a privilege!
We are so blessed! Your faithful prayers and financial support enable us to be a part of so much. THANK YOU! God bless you.
1. Tom’s safe return from Cameroon.
2. A new daughter to love and cherish in Kelsey.
3. Wisdom, peace and joy in our daily responsibilities.
4. Zachary was just fitted with an insulin pump and everything was 100% covered!! We are so grateful as this will help control his diabetes.
5. Kalah was just informed she is teaching again next year at the same school and also was selected for a summer school position!!
1. God’s blessing on Daniel’s wedding day and that everything will come together.
2. Pray for Zach as he works and heads toward seminary.
3. Pray we will get in the needed finances to get a new vehicle. Thank you to all who have given so far!
4. Health, safety and protection for the Cameroon Foot Washing Team this summer.
5. Consistent financial support through the summer.
6. God’s blessing on those who partner with us.
HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!
Tom and Linda Maher
Phil. 3:14 and Phil. 3:8-10