It’s time once again to update you on what’s happening at Teen Missions.
First, I didn’t get to make the trip to Honduras. I was to go with the adult team, but that trip had to be cancelled. I’m sure I will still get to go at some point, but for now I’m still here in Florida.
We are very quickly gearing up for the 2nd Annual AIDS Orphans Mud Run on May 7th and everyone is getting very excited about that event. Last year, we had 350 runners and this year we expect that number to double. All the proceeds go toward helping our AIDS Orphans Rescue Units. You may have heard on the news that there has been a severe drought in sub-Saharan Africa this year, so severe that entire villages have no food at all. The Mud Run proceeds from last year have helped feed many of the village people in Malawi that were going hungry. It is not unusual for people there to be hungry just before the harvest. They call it the “hungry season” as the food supply dwindles and they are limited to one meal a day, but this year there will be no harvest, so we are thankful that we can help at least some. Please pray for the entire region during this time of famine there.
I have been teaching “Analysis of Romans” in the Bible school this term. I have done a lot of teaching over the years, but never at this level. It’s super enjoyable to study the scriptures on a deeper level than ever before and I pray that the students are learning as much as I am. Please pray with me for wisdom and discernment. It takes great effort to stay ahead of these students. They are way more intelligent than I am and in the end I expect I will learn as much from them as they do from me. They are a huge blessing to me!
The staff here will begin putting up the big top tents this week. It’s always an exciting time when that day comes because it means summer is close and our teams will be here before you know it. I believe I told you in my last letter that I had been slated for the South Africa Team, but that team was cancelled and now I’m on board for the Motorcycle Team to Madagascar. Since I work in the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission Department throughout the year, I’m excited to go and see some of the Sunday Schools there. It’s always great to get to visit our other bases and meet the people who serve the Lord there. It seems a piece of my heart gets left each place I go. I may have stated that before, but you just always wish you could do more to help. We do our best to teach them how to provide for themselves though—that’s really the best thing we can do for anyone, apart from telling them how much Jesus loves them and that He died to pay the penalty for their sins, making it possible for them to spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
As you know, we have a chapel service each day at Teen Missions and recently Hollyn joined us, sang for us, gave a devotional, and sang some more. If you don’t know who Hollyn is, she made it to the top 24 on American Idol two or three years ago and is currently touring with Toby Mac. She is a wonderful example for today’s youth and was such a blessing to all who were there that day. We also had a special speaker from the Creation Museum who gave us an update on the life-size model of Noah’s Ark they are building. It is set to open this July and I hope I can get the chance to go see it during my deputation trip this August. Normally, our students and staff take turns giving the devotion during our chapel times, which is always a blessing, but this year, in addition to the occasional really special guest, we have been asking local pastors to come and share with us. It’s always good to hear how God is working in other ministries and to learn about them.
We had another very special chapel service last Friday when we dedicated the first “Teen Missions Airways” plane. It will be used for the Mustard Seeds Boot Camp as the little 4-6 year olds “fly” around the world learning about missions wherever they go. Mr. Vanderpool and his son-in-law, Mr. Paisley have done a great job building it and getting it ready for Boot Camp this summer.
Something that has been weighing heavy on all our hearts here at Teen Missions is the fact that Bernie Bland has had a stroke and so would you please pray for her and Bob and their family. She is home and the staff is taking turns helping with her care.
Although I feel very far away from family and friends, I could not be more content and happy to be serving here at Teen Missions. I just love everything about this ministry. We are changing lives all over the world and it’s such a joy to be part of it. Thanks to you and your faithful prayers and financial support, I am able to be here, where the Lord Jesus has put me. I am humbled beyond words each time I think about you and I pray that God will bless you beyond anything you can ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) because you are part of it along with me! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Serving Him with you,
- 2nd Annual AIDS Orphans Mud Run
- Famine in sub-Saharan Africa
- Safety in getting ready for Boot Camp
- Safety in travel as the teams go out this summer
- Wisdom & discernment for the Team Leaders