Petersen, Steve & Gay Newsletter (Spring 2016)

PetersenSGDear Family & Friends,


Gay’s mom (Grandma to our kids), Joy Turner went to be with Jesus on December 20. She’d been in declining health for some time and now has no more trouble breathing, hearing or moving around. She will be remembered for her loving care of her family, raising four awesome children (Steve’s words 🙂 and for never meeting a stranger. Gay always said her Mom’s middle name was ‘GO’ as she always wanted to be where the people were… where the ‘action’ was. She had a love for all things ‘southern’ including cornbread, black eyed peas, turnip greens and Nascar racing. A special thanks to all who sent condolences, cards, flowers, gifts and/or attended the memorial service in Shreveport, LA on December 31.


I completed the Synthesis IV class at the BMW. It covered 1st Samuel thru Esther so it was a lot of material for the students, but so many good lessons to learn! I continue to serve also with all of the computer / IT needs at the office and in planning with video and promotions. Gay did some tutoring in addition to her work in Personnel where she worked to update Teen Missions safety procedures. (Thanks for the awesome safety videos!)


I travelled to Malawi in February to work on drilling a water well at Teen Missions’ northern base in Rumphi, Malawi. I worked together with the national staff and students for about three weeks…almost non-stop 11 hours a day. It was tough going. There were many answered prayers along the way,–we could feel all the prayers. In the end, the drilling rig just couldn’t go deep enough. We were able though to hire a larger truck that did succeed to get the well drilled and pump installed. Praise the Lord! Through the disappointment, we realized that God did a great work on each of us as we served together. In the end, there is water at the base after five tough years of having to haul water for over a mile one way.


Gay and I are currently scheduled to run the first ever Native American Boot Camp @ Western Indian Ministries near Window Rock, AZ this coming summer with an ALL Former Team Member team. Our teens will do the unthinkable, skipping Boot Camp in order to make it out in time to help us with setup and running this new Boot Camp. During the first week of April we were privileged to lead a work trip to do setup for the Boot Camp. Our hardworking team performed electrical and plumbing tasks to prepare the kitchen for Boot Camp in addition to sheet rock installation, plastering, and framing a new addition on the main mission house. The team also carved out new tent sites for the summer teams and a brand new Obstacle Course trail. They setup some of the obstacles (Needles Eye, Slough and Wall) and cleaned out an old school bus to use for Elijah’s Chariot.

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 We are so grateful for the volunteer groups from REDEEMER TEMPLE from Colorado, the FASTS & KRISTI from Washington, and from Florida, ROB CODDING (my brother-in-law), and volunteers MATT & TRACY. We enjoyed great leadership from Keith Ancar on the project site and from Chuck Harper, our host and the director at Western Indian Ministries.


We can’t praise the Lord enough for all of our faithful prayer and financial supporters over all these years. It is a miracle every day as we marvel at God’s goodness and provision, allowing us the awesome and sobering privilege of serving the Lord full time!


  • Many salvations and hundreds of national youth trained at our overseas Boot Camps this past Winter / Spring.
  • Successful local outreaches in the community with our staff and students at the Christmas parades, churches, schools and conferences and a local volunteer project for the needy in Cocoa, FL.
  • 549 registered youth and leaders for the upcoming 2016 teams.


  • For Bernie Bland (and Bob) after Bernie suffered a serious stroke that has affected her mobility and speech.
  • For Timothy as he prepares for his upcoming missions trip to Nepal.
  • For Timothy and Faith’s summer finances to be raised.
  • For successful recruitment of youth, leaders and volunteers for the upcoming Native American Boot Camp and for our host churches and projects.


Timothy is registered for his 2nd teen trip this coming summer to Nepal!. His team will help complete projects around the property of Mendies Haven Orphanage and will work alongside Samaritan’s Purse to help rebuild homes and lives that were devastated by the earthquake in the spring of 2015.  Faith is planning to join us in service at Window Rock, AZ this coming summer. They are both still in need of financial and prayer support. Please sign the coupon below if you’d like to join their team as either a prayer partner and /or a financial supporter.


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