Happy New Year!! Wow, 2015 is gone and 2016 is here. I can’t wait to see what God will do this year.
I had a good time over Christmas vacation. I stayed busy, but it was also relaxing. I had a good New Year’s Day and now I am back to work.
Back in the office, we are registering the kids who signed up over Christmas and mailing out their packets. Already around 442 are registered for this summer. We are currently mailing out staff newsletters (like this one!) and financial reports and will be sending out the 2015 tax receipts. And there is a lot of other stuff being done inside and outside.
The weekend of January 16 &17 was a great weekend. A group of us from Teen Mission, a lot of other people from the community and youth groups volunteered with a local church. On Saturday, we started our day at the church with breakfast. We were divided up into groups to go work on various houses in the community. All together we cleaned up 17 houses. We mowed, trimmed trees, cleaned up junk, took down vines on the sides of the house with a pressure washer and then painted. As we were doing this, the neighbors would drive by and would be surprised that they could see the house. It was so much fun having this opportunity to help other people.
We are doing another Mud Run this year, since last year’s was such a big hit. Last year was our very first Mud Run and we had around 300 participants. We are hoping to have about double that amount this year. The Mud Run will be held on our Teen Missions property on May 7, 2016 and the proceeds will go to help AIDS Orphans and Street Children. Pass the word around to anyone you know who might be interested in running in the mud and helping orphans at the same time.
As of right now (things can always change around here), this summer I will be helping to lead the team to Uganda. There are already 19 kids on the team, most of which are girls. Our team will be making a difference in the lives of the orphans by washing their feet and giving them socks and shoes. And we will be sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through Bible lessons, phonics classes, memory verse quizzing, crafts and games. I have never been to Uganda or on a Foot Washing Team, so I’m excited to be able to go. But in order to go I will need to raise $2500; so if you want to be part of this summer’s ministries by giving finances and/or praying, please fill out the coupon.
Teen Missions has 32 bases in 23 countries. We run 24 Bible, Missionary & Work Training Centers and 38 Boot Camps overseas. We have 32 AIDS Orphans Rescue Units and 187 Motorcycle Sunday School Mission Sunday Schools running at this time. As you can see from these numbers, Teen Missions is reaching the world with the Gospel. And I am thankful to be a part of that.
I want to say THANK YOU so much for your financial support and prayer support. I wouldn’t be able to do this without you. You are an important part of the ministry, too.