Hello to all my Friends and Family!
I finally got to see “The War Room” and if you haven’t yet seen it, DO IT! It’s fresh on my mind as I just watched it again with a neighbor family. This may be the best movie on prayer ever! I felt as if I was part of the story and it just gives me goosebumps to realize how often we fight the wrong enemy. It was also a great reminder that we have a God who loves us and if we will just get out of His way, He’ll fight those battles for us!
At Teen Missions, we have all caught up with the extra work that piles up during Boot Camp and summer teams and now we’re gearing up and getting ready for this coming summer. Already the teams are filling up and before we know it, it will be time to do it all again! Most of the staff and students have received their initial assignments for this year by now. We’re always very excited to find out what teams we’ll be leading so we can begin to learn who our team members are and start praying for the summer. This year I will be leading the Africa Awakening team which will be giving tours of the new Tabernacle that has been under construction in South Africa. There are already six team members signed up who will be learning about the correlation between the Old Testament Tabernacle and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and how to teach it to other people as they give tours through our life-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. It is such an effective way to illustrate what Jesus did for us on the cross and a good way to share the Gospel message. It should be a great summer!
In the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM) Office, we have received a couple of large donations of notebooks, pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, soccer balls and more. We have also received a big box of small toys that our Circuit Riders use as prizes for various activities. I am very excited to send them to our Circuit Riders who teach Sunday School each week. They will be so blessed! We are always so grateful for help with these kinds of items because they help the children (and adults) as they learn.
We now have four Bible school students who help in the office every afternoon and another part-time staff member. I am so thankful for the extra hands that will be a big help when we begin to pack all of the donations and other things that need to be sent with the summer teams this summer.
In March, I will return to Honduras with the adult team where we will be helping with the Motorboat Sunday School circuit that was started about a year ago. It should be a great trip, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things are going and meeting some of the children who have been attending Sunday school there.
Testimonies – There are “Book of Acts” type things happening at some of our Sunday Schools. Here are a couple of recent stories of things happening there and in the villages near them.
A young couple is thanking MSSM for helping them when they were passing through difficulties after they lost their twin babies. They stopped going to church and stopped attending Sunday School. These babies died from severe malaria, both on the same day. One died in the morning and the other in the afternoon. It was a bad situation this young couple went through. After the burial of their children they stopped doing everything. They were just sitting in the house and sleeping. One day we visited the head man of the village, and he explained what the couple was going through. So he said “Let’s go there with their parents.” We went with them and we encouraged the young couple. Afterwards we prayed for them and they received Christ as their personal Savior, including the head man of the village and the parents. So seven people were saved that day! We are thanking God for the wonderful working power today to the lives of this couple. They are now doing fine.
One lady by the name of Peggy appreciates the work of MSSM in the remote areas of Lufwanyama. This lady was sick with a runny tummy for almost five weeks. She went to the clinic. She tried traditional medicine and nothing helped her. One day she came to Sunday School looking for help. She was carried to us on a bicycle by her husband. She was powerless. I asked her problem and she explained everything. After that I gave her medicine and she asked me to pray for her. She began sweating profusely and said that something is coming out of my body and I am healed. They went home. The following week they came praising God and thanking Him and truly you could tell that this lady was healed. She came walking and she said, “I was dead and am alive!” She said that she is thankful to Teen Missions for good medicine and for prayers. She said to please continue to help us. God sent you for a purpose.
In MSSM, we never get tired of hearing how God is using the Circuit Riders to help so many in remote areas of the world. I’m very thankful to be part of a ministry that goes where no one else is willing to go.
Over Christmas break, I was able to travel to Iowa and Pennsylvania and spend a couple of days with my kids and grandkids. They are growing up so fast and I am so proud of all of them. I am blessed beyond any of my wildest dreams!
Pray for boldness & strength in leading the teenagers in the summer.
Pray for several who are raising support to join staff. We need them!
Pray for the teens who have signed up for a trip this summer.
Pray for the two new students who started Bible school just after Christmas break.
Pray for our Circuit Riders all around the world. Pray for integrity, safety and boldness as they teach.