Our summer is just months away, and we are anticipating great things for our up and coming team to the Holy Land. The Bible teaches us that where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18a). In light of this, Mike and I always set goals and talk about our vision for our summer teams. Some goals never change. Obviously, we would like to complete our project: constructing a greenhouse to provide vegetables for the school, painting classrooms and landscaping. But more importantly, we want to harvest souls. The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37, 38) Everyday we are reminded of just how much people need to hear about Jesus. Nothing else will fix the problems we face, and things will just get worse the more we forsake Him. Because of this, heavy on our hearts and minds is to be spiritually ready in our personal walks with the Lord so that we can be ready for what awaits us. We recognize that being unprepared will hurt us and hinder our ability to accomplish the tasks set before us. We want to finish the summer and be able to say that we finished everything well and to the best of our ability, that we were content in all things and situations and that we chose to put on the garment of praise everyday, that we were examples to the unbelievers and believers alike and that we were bold in proclaiming the saving Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Join in prayer with us now as we bathe our ministry and team in prayer. Pray that the people of Palestine, Israel, and our teammates (some might not know Him!) will have receptive hearts to the message of Jesus Christ as many live in physical comfort, but hurt inside and live in spiritual poverty. We want to be able to help them find out Who Jesus Is!
Although being a part of the summer ministry with Teen Missions is always thrilling, and truly a unique experience, it also comes with hardships and trying circumstances that test our endurance and, to be frank, our ability to trust in the Lord. For myself, I always struggle with perfecting the balancing act of being a wife, a mother, team leader and staff member. Each is a FULL-time job!!! This year, a sweet friend, and two-time former team mate, Ashlie Chapman, will be flying to Florida and staying with us throughout all of Boot Camp. I am grateful for the love and care she will give to our girls while Mike, Gabe, and I go to work everyday. Kenya, Isabelle and Lily have grand plans of sleeping in, school-less days, taking swimming lessons, going to the beach, and enjoying playdates with friends while Mike and I sweat it out at the Lord’s Boot Camp! I am happy for them and for the gift they have been given of a few “normal” weeks of summer vacation. For our part, Ashlie’s presence will give us that peace of mind that all parents want when others are involved in watching their kids. Knowing that our daughters will be under the care of someone who loves them almost as much as we do will make the long, hard days easier…at least when it comes to that full-time ‘mom job’ I mentioned earlier.:)
Being a family of six suits us well. It is hard to imagine that there was ever a time when our “numbers” were less. Gabe is a delightful little boy, who charms the pants off everyone he comes into contact with. I often find myself at a stand still, waiting for the stranger Gabe has enamored to finish their oohing and ahhhing over him. His smile, laugh, baby blue eyes and even his drool are irresistible!! Lily is such an avid learner and extremely eager to read like her two big sisters. We have begun down that patience-trying path of her reading to us instead of the other way around. Her exuberant and joy-filled shouts of accomplishment at having read a book make it all worth while. Can you believe she will start Kindergarten in the fall???!!!!!! Isabelle and Kenya have joined the Running Club at school. Between the pair, there is always an element of “friendly” competition at who can run the farthest and the fastest. They spur each other on, although we do have to intervene at times.:) Aside from the Running Club, I am running with them as well. It is my dream to run 5K’s and even marathons together. Our neighborhood is my training ground, and in the evenings you can find the three of us jogging laps around the block.
We want to thank each one of you who have been so faithful to serve beside us as we endeavor to serve the Lord at Teen Missions. The Lord has shown his goodness to us through each of you. We are so happy to be serving the Lord with Teen Missions and we hope this joy comes through to you in our newsletters. We could not be here without your continued support, both prayer and financial. We are humbled daily by His continued provision in our lives and ministry.
Mike, Michelle, Kenya, Isabelle, Lily and Gabriel
God is really answering our prayers surrounding our upcoming summer mission trip to the Holy Land. We have raised over half of what we need to bring our whole family with us on the trip! We always go back and forth about whether or not to share about our specific needs when it comes to the financial aspect of serving in missions. However, we always come back to the truth that if we don’t let people know our needs, they won’t know how to help. We trust that as we share of our need, the Lord will gather those to us who are able to give. Currently we have around $3800 left to raise. We praise the Lord for His provision thus far and we thank many of you for your generous gifts during this time of need.
Pray for the youth who are going on 44 teams to 31 different countries this year with Teen Missions Int’l. Pray for our team of 15 students, three adult leaders, and four staff children. Please pray for effective ministry, for wisdom as we work on our project and share the Gospel, and for unity amongst our team.