Dear Family and Friends,
“Did you read the instructions?” was the oft-repeated question in the sewing class for the Bible school students this last term. It made me think of how often God says the very same thing to us. Do we listen to the instructions He gives us in His Word? God told the children of Israel what they were to do when they left Egypt. They listened just as well as we do and consequently wandered for 40 years before getting to the Promised Land. God tells us in Proverbs 8:33, “Heed instruction, and be wise, and do not neglect it.” Other verses in II Timothy 3:16-17- say, “ All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” It was a good and practical reminder to me that I need to read God’s instruction book!
Speaking of sewing class, the Bible school students did quite a different term last fall. They had classes in sewing, auto mechanics, electricity, gardening, computer, cooking, learned to ride a motorcycle and play a guitar—all very practical skills for the mission field. They were divided into four groups and I got to teach two of the groups the basics of sewing. They each made a dish bag that will be used this summer at Boot Camp, if they are not already using it. They also made an apron. Most made a simple cobbler apron, but a few got a bit fancier. I don’t know why I thought I’d be able to do some of my own sewing while teaching the class, but it sure made me want to get started on some of my projects. (If I use some material, then maybe I can buy some more fabric! Sewers will understand why that is important.) My sewing space is set up and I can actually get to it, so projects should begin soon. Some of the students want to continue to do some sewing, so I am hoping to continue working with them. We even had a generous donation of a couple of good sewing machines for us to use.
Bob had a busy Christmas season with his music. He has added Bell Choir to his repertoire. Our local church just re-started their bell choir. They did a nice piece with the choir and piano on Christmas Eve—a lot going on for a new group, but they did well. He is now back into the swing of things and going to four rehearsals a week. He fusses about it sometimes, but he loves it, as I frequently remind him!
The other big change for Bob is that he is now Medicare age! A whole new world for us to figure out. It also means that he works shorter hours and is working in our garden plot here at Teen Missions while I finish out my work day. We’ve already harvested some greens and I am hoping for more fresh produce in the weeks to come.
The newest addition to our family is a kitty cat named Sammie. We were asked to kitty-sit for a week or so around Christmas, but we got him sooner and still have him. He is a lot of fun to play with and to watch. We’ve mostly broken him of the habit of chewing on our hands, which is a good thing. He loves to race around and is “faster than a speeding bullet!” Tabitha, our other older cat, is adjusting slowly to having another cat around. We hope they will become better friends or at least tolerate each other.
I continue to be involved in church activities and am trying to work on my de-cluttering campaign at home. The reupholstering job I’d hoped to do over our Christmas break got put on hold because I didn’t think it would work well with a little kitty helping.
Many have asked where in the world the Yosts are going this year and the answer is Ireland. We have been asked to lead a preteen team to Ireland where we will be working with Ireland Outreach, a ministry located in Dalkey on the south side of Dublin Bay. Our project is to do landscaping on their property and any other projects that they might find for us. Pray with us that the team will fill and that we will be effective in our work and ministry with the people there.
God has been good to us this past year. We pray that He has also blessed you, because you have blessed us with your faithful support and prayers over the years. Without you, we could not be serving the Lord at Teen Missions. Thank you and may you have a blessed year in 2015.
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost
955 Butia St.
Merritt Island, FL 32953