So much is happening here at Teen Missions as summer rapidly approaches!
Many staff, including myself, spent the last few months preparing for the Mud Run which was on May 2nd. It was a huge project to get ready for our very first Mud Run. It is a 5K with 30 obstacles and all the money raised went to support AIDS orphans in Africa. I was tasked with creating and printing the start/finish line and a photo place as well as designing and printing promotional materials such as 20,000 school flyers, 3,000 bulletin inserts for churches, 250 posters, maps of the property and obstacle course, designing t-shirts and creating giveaways like laminated bookmarks for each participant.
The Mud Run was a big success. We had over 350 registered runners including over 60 kids in the Junior Race for ages 9-12. For many runners, it was their first time at Teen Missions and they had a great experience. Many participants commented on how much they enjoyed the obstacles and how we had some obstacles they had never seen before. A few runners ran it two or three times just for fun. Almost everyone said they would be back and they want us to do another Mud Run.
The Mud Run kept me super busy in the midst of all my “normal work”. The month of April is full of printing 22,000 spring newsletters for the staff, printing support letters and prayer cards for each new team member registration as they come in daily, as well as fulfilling all the overseas Boot Camp printing orders to be sent out with the teams in June.
We are in the final countdown to Boot Camp (this year the team members come on June 6), so we began praying 24 hours a day in the Prayer Closet/Display Room. The Display Room features photos from each country so we can see the ministry happening at each base and pray for their needs. It is also an exciting time of year because our overseas staff come back and share their stories in chapel.
Four Big Tops went up in April in preparation for the Mud Run, so we have had a few extra weeks to get the sound, lighting and chairs set up. Please pray for more assistant leaders and volunteers. Pray for the leaders and special speakers to have an positive impact in the lives of each team member.
65 Preteens (ages 10-13)
32 Peanuts (ages 7-9)
20 Mustard Seeds (ages 4-6)
Total Attendance: 664
This summer I have been asked to lead the Uganda Orphan Soccer Team. There are three leaders and 20 team members signed up and raising their support. Our team will be staying at the Teen Missions base in Jinja, Uganda. We will join the kids in soccer matches as we visit local schools and nearby soccer fields, as well as minister to them through Gospel presentations. We will also be continuing construction on the dining hall at the base and helping out with their Sunday School ministry. I am looking forward to going back to Africa. Please pray for safety as we travel and pray for good health and effective ministry while we are in Uganda.
My mom will be here for Boot Camp again this year. This is her sixth time to volunteer during the summer. She enjoys watching the staff kids during the day as their parents are busy training the team memebers. She has it pretty rough…swimming in the pool every day, playing games, taking naps and enjoying snacks in their air-conditioned room. Her friend, (and one of my supporters) Kathy Russell, is also coming down for a week to volunteer as a nurse.
My sister Cindy is doing well after her multiple heart procedures earlier this year. In January they patched the hole in her heart and in March they put in stents, corrected her heart rhythm problems and a put in a dual chamber pacemaker. After a few weeks of taking it easy, she is now back at work tutoring kids after school.
My cousin’s daughter, Madison Williams, is signed up to go on the Zimbabwe Eyeglass & Medical Team this summer. It will be fun to have her here at Teen Missions, to be able to see her at Boot Camp in June and again at Debrief in August after our trips to Africa.
Praise Report from Zambia: “Again I am amazed at the type of lives the Bible School students have lived before coming to Teen Missions. One girl, Memory Chanda, said that her mom died after childbirth. Then her dad died a week later. Her grandmother took her for a while. Life was very hard. Her grandmother was a charcoal burner. Then one day the police came saying they found her grandmother dead on the street. Now she had no one and was out on the street sleeping there night and day. She lived on the street for three years. Then a missionary lady saw her on the street and talked to her. She took her home and looked after her and sent her to school. One of our Bible School graduates ended up working with this same lady and mission. That is how our student, Memory, heard about Teen Missions. God plucked her up out of a dark place and has set her feet on the solid Rock. We are thrilled to be able to minister into her life. Memory loves the Lord and is doing very well in school. Praise the Lord for His goodness.”
A special thank you to those who have been faithful prayer and financial partners, many of you have been with me since beginning full-time ministry 13 years ago. Thank you!