Phippen, Seth & Emily Newsletter (Spring 2015)

Phippen 2015Ministry Partners & Encouragers,

Christ is risen! Because of this we have confidence that what Christ says is true, and as we live every day we are witnesses of His truth and promises. We would like to thank those of you who have encouraged us as we labor for the Lord with Teen Missions. We know that so many of you have been praying for us and supporting us financially and because of that we are blessed.

IMG_0034Emily, James and I have been doing well here at Teen Missions Int. I have been busy teaching three days a week at the Bible school. Emily has had her hands full between taking care of James and doing things with the Bible school students like girls’ nights or helping them with homework. James continues to grow and do new things for us every day! Emily has been making her own baby food for him, and he will eat anything he can put in his mouth. He is not crawling yet, but he gets on his hands and knees and he looks like he is ready to take off.

With April now here we are seeing lots of physical changes around here. We have set up the Big Top Tents that Teen Missions uses during the summer for rally meetings and Bible teachings. We are preparing the Obstacle Course for our team building exercises and many more things are happening in preparation for 650+ people to come and train to be on a mission for the Lord! Many of these 650+ people will then go to another country for about 30 days and engage, encourage, equip and evangelize to people, all because of what Christ has done for us.

bangladesh– UPDATE: As of 6/3/15 the Phippens will be going to Bangladesh, Asia.

The team to Russia has been canceled for this year so Emily, James and I have been asked to lead around 20 teenagers to Tanzania, Africa. We will be working on the Teen Missions Bible school and backpacking to villages in the mountains of Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. In the summer of 2012, I went and worked on building the brick walls of the Bible school there in Tanzania. Now the Lord has worked it out for us to go back and hopefully complete the work on the Bible school. Emily is a little nervous about taking James out into the bush of Africa. Please pray for peace and protection for all of us.

IMG_0035There have been quite a few changes to the base since my last trip to Tanzania.  A new staff couple Saba and Ethel, has arrived
from Zambia to coordinate the work.  This past winter was the first Overseas Boot Camp on the property and the roof is on the building and the water has been brought closer.  These improvements will help so much.  This will be Saba’s first time to host an American team and we look forward to the opportunity to encourage him as well.

Please continue to pray for our family and our team of teenagers as we go to serve the Lord this summer in Bangladesh, Asia.

Please pray for us as we raise the finances that we need for the summer.

Please pray for James who will be nine months old when we leave the United States. Pray for good health for him while we are gone.


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