Where do I even begin to tell you of the adventures of our family over the past few months?
On June 27, 23 teens and three assistant leaders arrived at the Lord’s Boot Camp to begin training for our journey to Nepal. The team came together well at Boot Camp and four of the team members gave their lives to Christ during the summer and six rededicated their lives to the Lord as well. We knew from the beginning that God was going to do great things in and through this team. On July 12, we began our journey to Nepal. We flew from Orlando to Miami then on to Doha, Qatar, where we spent the night and then the next day traveled on to Kathmandu. We arrived in Nepal not really knowing what to expect as far as the current condition of the country after the earthquake a few months before. We were surprised to see that recovery was already happening. However, we saw people still displaced and living in tent cities and make-shift shelters. When we came out of customs and exited the airport doors, Shannon nearly cried when he saw a familiar face waiting for us. Kamal Thapa, one of the staff at Mendies Haven, had become a dear friend four years before when we were there. It was such a blessing to see him and then to arrive at Mendies Haven Children’s Home and see the familiar faces of the children there. What a great reunion it was! When we left four years ago, we weren’t sure we would ever see any of them again until we would be reunited in Heaven.
Our team was able to help disassemble and repair 11 homes in the surrounding area that were destroyed by the earthquake. It was a real blessing to see people have a hope of returning to their homes and having a permanent roof over their heads after weeks of being utterly homeless. One particularly touching story was helping to demolish the home of an elderly lady in the village. As the team removed bricks and sorted rubble, they observed the lady gathering every stick and salvageable thing from the demolition site. The team was amazed that she would gather and bundle even small sticks. Everything is precious when you have nothing. Another lady rejoiced when one the team members found a coin worth about one cent. What a humbling experience!
The team had the opportunity to travel to Chitwan National Park and go on an elephant safari. Riding on the back of an elephant through the jungle in search of Rhinos was one of the best experiences of my life. It was amazing! The journey to Chitwan was a six-hour bus ride on some of the worst roads in the world. I think I definitely aged 10 years during that bus ride.
Madison and Zoe were late for the start of school this year, but they adjusted quickly and are really enjoying it. Madison is a sophomore and Zoe is in 6th grade. It seems that they are growing up way too fast! Madison is on the swim team at her school and on Student Council. Zoe is playing the viola and is part of the news reporting team and safety patrol.
Shannon is heading off on another adventure. He is going to Cambodia on October 14 and will be gone for one month. He is going to check on our base and Bible school in Siem Reap and help to run electricity to our remote Boot Camp property in Kampong Chhnang. Our Cambodian coordinators, Mat and Heni Wiley, had to return to Canada to await the completion of the adoption of two Vietnamese children, so Shannon is going to encourage the staff that remain there. Our family is being asked to possibly go to Cambodia for six months next year to help with the work there. They have two Motorcycle Sunday School Mission circuits, a Bible school, and a Boot Camp there. We will help to fill the gap until more permanent coordinators can be placed there. We have agreed to serve in Cambodia if necessary. Please pray for us as we work out the details with the girls’ schooling and many other things that need to be addressed for our family to consider the possibility of moving overseas for six months or so. Please pray for Shannon’s safety while he in Cambodia for the next 30 days.
We have been very busy this fall. We are hosting six retreats on the property. Shannon is also busy remodeling two of the dorm rooms. He has been laying tile, painting and remodeling the bathrooms in each of the rooms. I am overseeing 31 students in our Bible school here in Florida and helping with the coordination of the other 22 schools around the world. There is always more work to be done than workers available. We are constantly reminded of one of the 40 verses that the team members learn during the summer: “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:38. Would you pray with us that the Lord will send more workers to help with the ministry needs here at Teen Missions?
We are planning on being in Ohio from December 19 to January 4. We are available to speak in churches, at youth groups or small groups while we are home. If you would like to hear exciting stories of how God is working through Teen Missions around the world, call or email and we will do our best to schedule a time to share with you. We also will be hosting our annual “Thanks for Giving” dinner. We have tentatively set the date for Tuesday, December 29 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge United Methodist Church. Be watching for more details to come. We hope to see you and have a chance to thank you personally for your prayers, encouragement and generosity. We are so blessed for your “fellowship in the Gospel” (Phil 1:3-6) and we thank God for you daily.
The Bobb Family