I hope this finds you all well. I imagine you are happy that spring is here and are beginning to see signs of new life everywhere you look. Here things are coming to life too, but in a little different way. We have all the Big Tops put up and so that means Boot Camp is quickly approaching and our team members will arrive soon.
This year though, since we are having our first annual AIDS Orphan Mud Run and Open House on May 2 to celebrate our 45th year, things are happening a little earlier than usual. We were able to have a “trial run” for the Mud Run last week with a youth group that was here at the Conference Center. It was a huge success and help for getting the final touches done for the event. It’s a 5K run with 30+ obstacles through mud, swamp and water. This is a perfect place to do it with 265 acres of swamp and lakes. We can come up with lots of mud!!! The purpose is to raise much-needed funds to help keep the Rescue Units in Africa running. The staff is very excited to see the turnout for both and to show off our facilities here. For more information you can visit the website at https://mudrun.teenmissions.org.
When I last wrote to you, I was about to embark on an adventure with Linda Maher to Honduras. It was indeed an adventure and I can’t wait to share in person with some of you about all we did there. We were there for two weeks. Four days were spent in the classroom training the students at our base as to what goes into running a circuit. We spent three days in the jungle of La Mosquitia seeing the villages where our first Motorboat Sunday School Mission Circuit will be located (a day or two was spent on the river). Then we travelled to the mountains near La Esperanza to see villages there where another circuit will be located. We purchased a boat, a motorcycle, and a copy machine for MSSM and that left one day to go over finances and balance the books. Travel was very interesting at times, but Chico (the base coordinator) had done a very good job of getting everything set up for us so that we were expected everywhere we went and everything went like clockwork. I learned a ton about how the training
for new circuit riders should go and it was so good to get to visit Teen Missions Honduras and see the facility there. It was also great to get to spend some time getting to know Chico & Kathy and their family and of course the students there. We thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality. They took very good care of us! It is a trip I will always remember, and Honduras now has a special place in my heart. We saw many kids there that can’t go to school because they can’t afford a uniform. And even though there are a few churches, there aren’t many programs for children so our Sunday Schools will be a great way to reach the kids in those remote villages.
I had the most amazing birthday last month because both Jason & Emily and their families got to come spend the week of spring break with me. It was so good to get to see them and I got to see baby Sophia for the first time. I am blessed beyond my wildest imagination! God is so good!
Next week begins our 40 days of prayer. The staff and students will be praying 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until Boot Camp gets here. This is a very important time to talk to God about all our summer teams (each team member and team leader gets prayed for by name each day) and all the ministries and staff around the world. Please pray with us as we continue to prepare to lead 600+ team members all over the globe as they minister in many different ways to help spread the Gospel.
After the Mud Run is over, it will be time to set up our life-sized replicas of the Old Testament Tabernacles. This year one will be in Atlanta, Georgia and the other in Evansville, Indiana. I will be cooking for the Evansville, Indiana group during the week of May 9. I’m excited to see yet another part of the TMI ministry being prepared for the next six months of tours. We have three Tabernacles—one is here at our base in Florida, the other two move from place to place and are available for tours from May to October each year. Please pray for this ministry. The Tabernacle is such a great picture of the salvation Jesus provided for us when He died on the cross of Calvary. If you want information about doing a tour, you should find all the information at www.oldtestamenttabernacle.org.
After that, we’ll have approximately two weeks left to finish getting ready for Boot Camp. This year, I will be leading the Zambia Footwashing Team. The head male leader is coming for Boot Camp from Zambia and the assistant leaders are both Bible School students from here: Cheyenne Freeman and Matthew Mellinger. I’m very excited to have them as leaders with me. As of today, we have 19 team members. So a fantastic summer of ministry is waiting!!
The two Honduras circuits as they get set up and begin teaching.
The Mud Run and Open House
Summer Team Members raising support and preparing for their trips
Tabernacle set up
Thank you to all of you who pray for me regularly! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you! Thanks also to those of you who have so faithfully supported me financially. I love and appreciate you and I know God will reward you abundantly some day for the sacrifice you are making now.
Serving Him with you,