A big “Hello” to our friends, family, church and former teammates!
We ended 2015 and started 2016 in Tucson, Arizona visiting friends and family. Our two-week stay was filled with family games, movie nights, A LOT of Christmas baking (and the clean up that always ensued), adventuresome hikes around and up some of the beautiful but perilous mountains that surround the city, and evening dinners that stretched into the late night with old friends. We have returned home VERY blessed and refreshed and ready for another great year. What does the Lord have planned for us, I wonder?….
I have heard Cuba compared to a prince in a poor man’s coat before. The country has been in an economic embargo for over half a century which has trapped it in a time warp somewhat. It is completely un-westernized, offering none of the certainties we enjoy here in the USA. Many of its buildings lie ruined or tattered and there is very little internet connectivity aside from a few hotels and government “hot spots”. “Gold dust” still lingers though. Its cobbled streets and extravagant squares tell tales of former wealth, luxury and intrigue. Although we do not expect to see any musket-toting pirates, much of Cuba has not changed since they stalked the waters of the Caribbean. How exciting it will be to journey to a country whose historical legacy has been so meticulously preserved! This summer we will travel to Canasi Yober, a town three hours away from Havana. Our team will reroof the sanctuary of a church. This is a much-needed project to be completed since one side of the building cannot be used because it fills with puddles every time it rains! As is the case on most summer teams, we will also complete other projects too which include
painting, repairing windows and clearing the vacant lot next to the church. We will be busy!!! I can imagine what a sight our team will make since Americans have not been able to travel to Cuba for quite some time!! I expect many friendships to be made with the local people who will come to watch our team work. Pray with us that the recent open-doors into the country will result in open hearts to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ!
We are so happy to be serving the Lord with Teen Missions and we hope this joy comes through to you in our newsletters. We could not be here without your continued support, both prayer and financial. We praise the Lord for His goodness to us in that He has surrounded us with such faithful friends and family! We are humbled daily by His continued provision in our lives and ministry.
Mike, Michelle, Kenya, Isabelle, Lily & Gabriel
Please pray for the team members who are already signed up and the ones who will sign up in the coming months.
There are many daily distractions and circumstances that call for our attention. We don’t want any of those things to come at the expense of our personal quiet times with the Lord. Please pray for regular and fulfilling quiet time with the Lord.
Would you please pray that God would provide the necessary
financial support for Kenya, Isabelle, Lily and Gabriel to go to Cuba this summer?
Mike’s back went out again in December and he was laid up for over a week.
Please pray for healing.
Teen Missions has three containers full of clothes, medicine and shoes waiting to be sent to Africa. Please pray for favor with the different African governments, so that we will get the necessary approvals to have them shipped.