Vanderpool, Kathy Newsletter (Fall 2016)

 “The Lord is  A STRONG hold in the day of trouble and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

Dear Family and Friends,

Summer is over and Fall is here. Here is what happened this summer2016-mustard-seeds

Mustard Seeds

We completed our very first Airplane program. We had 16 Mustard Seeds along with a family member or guardian. The adventure began as they arrived at Boot Camp by plane or car. We were excited to share Bible stories with them that taught about obedience.

They were divided into two teams, Thunder and Lightning. Thunder passed through immigrations with their airline tickets and also had their passports stamped by missionaries from Zambia, New Zealand, Honduras, Tanzania and Uganda. The “travelers” boarded the plane where they flew, via video, to the previously mentioned countries. A snack was served by staff and enjoyed by all. When Thunder left the plane, the Lightning Team went through the same process.

While one team was aboard the plane, the other team worked in centers in the boarding area. The campers practiced different activities that missionaries often do: washing clothes, washing dishes, learning where different animals lived and placing them on a cloth map of the world. They also practiced cutting fruit and vegetables (wooden pieces that were connected by velcro). They practiced purchasing food at the market place, sorting beans from chaff and rocks, as well as smelling spices from around the world and using a cloth map to discover where they came from.

2016_mustardseed_02Learning memory verses is always a challenge and we want everyone to go away knowing verses that could be used to lead someone through the plan of salvation. The children were successful in learning five new verses!

Singing and sharing a team cheer set up a successful evening rally. At the rally, we learned which team had the shortest time from running Obstacle Course in the morning. Miss Piggy came and gave out “I live like a pig” sign for the team that was the least successful in keeping their tent and work area clean.

One of the highlights for the teams and parents was lying down for a rest after lunch in front of a BIG fan in our “special mat lounge.” Another highlight was when everyone went to the swimming pool and was able to cool off!

We are thankful for all the children and guardians who attended the program this year. We pray that the things they learned will be shared with others and their hearts will be turned to serve the Lord and perhaps one day serve the Lord as a missionary.

After the Mustard Seeds went home, my responsibilities moved to the Teen and Preteen camps. After their commissioning and their departure for places around the world, responsibilities changed for me again.

It is the first time in many years that I have stayed to work in the office and did not lead a team or visit our 2016_mustardseed_14bases in Africa. I was able to keep busy doing some long-needed cleaning and sorting and filing of projects that have been sitting around for a while. I helped keep up communications with the overseas bases and even drove the bus to help transport the Preteens to different projects near the base and did some airport runs of teams coming and going. I haven’t done any bus runs in a very long time. Dad was able to travel along with me—that was fun to have him help me.

Time passed so quickly and the teams returned for Debrief. Stories and reports were given and praises were offered to the Lord for the safety of each team, completed projects and hearts that the Lord changed. We are so thankful for the work that God does in the lives of the team members. We hear so often from team members that their summer spent with Teen Missions was a life-changing experience for them.

There was a short interruption to our fall program with the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, with a mandatory evacuation for Merritt Island. We have a Bible school and Mr. Bland made the decision that the students would go to Evansville, Indiana. We left late Wednesday afternoon. I went to be one of the drivers and to be the supervisor for the students. When we arrived in Indiana, we were needed to help with a fall festival. The ministry we worked with has a food booth that sells corn dogs, nachos, and cheese sticks. We arranged students into teams that were responsible for different shifts on Friday and Saturday. It ran from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. I put many sticks into hot dogs in preparation to be dipped into corn dog batter. By Saturday, we received word that we could return to Florida. So about 10:00 P.M. on Saturday evening, we drove back to Florida.

We arrived Monday evening around 7:00 P.M. I returned with pink eye in both eyes and a sore throat. Where in the world I obtained those “gifts”, I have no idea, but I was able to get medicine right away and within a few days the pink eye cleared up. The rest of the week was spent cleaning up around the property and repairing various roofs. The eye of the hurricane was headed right for our property, but at the last hour, the eye turned north and did not hit us. There were many people around the world praying. God was so faithful to answer prayers and protect us and the property from what could have blown us off the map. Praise to the Lord for His watchcare of us!

All the staff returned and we began preparation for the 2017 Teams. Some of the activities that keep us busy include the following: the brochure to write, travel arrangements to be put into place, team expenses to estimate, dates for the summer program to be determined, and finally to get the brochure off to the printer. After Thanksgiving, the office shuts down while all staff stuff the brochure so it can be addressed, put into trays and taken to the Post Office.

I must admit, I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. But most of all I am thankful for our loving Father who sent his only Son to die and save me so that I could live with Him forever. What a mighty loving, caring God we get to serve.

Thank you for continuing to make it possible for me to serve with Teen Missions. God is making a difference in the lives impacted through this ministry throughout the world.

Blessings and many thanks,


I Timothy 1:12

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