It is hard to believe that we have arrived at spring already. The thief, Time, has struck again. Every morning we are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that we get free of charge. But if we had all the money in the world, we couldn’t buy an extra hour. So, what will we do with this priceless treasure? William Penn once said, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” The older I get, the more I understand why the Lord has told us to make the best use of our time here on earth: We do not know how much time we have! Because of this, Galatians 6:9 is our prayer today and every day, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
This past February, Mike traveled out west to visit our church, friends, and family in Tucson, Arizona. He was invited to attend a Missions Festival. There was a great turnout at the event. It was very encouraging to see so much interest in missions! Mike met several people who had been on Teen Missions’ trips in the 80’s and 90’s. They were eager to reminisce about their Teen Missions’ experiences and find out about what the ministry is doing today. He even ran into a Former Team Member from our 2001 trip to Kenya, Africa!! How incredible, right??! There is a special connection that all Former Team Members have with each other, regardless of whether or not they were on the same team. We understand what is difficult to understand unless you have experienced it yourself. It was truly a time of refreshing for Mike to be with friends and family. A big ‘thank you’ needs to be said to our Tucson Family for all the welcomed fellowship and meals provided. 🙂 Lord willing, Mike will be back next year!
Teen Missions is replacing some old mobile homes with newly purchased ones and have asked Mike to oversee their installation. As a result, he went back to school for three days last month to get his license to be able to set mobile homes in place. After much studying, we are happy to report that he passed the certification test! He is hoping to have the three new homes in place before Boot Camp starts. This is a GIANT goal, so please pray for him!
We are still planning on leading the Community Development team to the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona this summer. We know a few more details about our team’s project but these too could always change! As of right now, we will be working to complete an unfinished building that will replace an old church once it is finished. This project will involve pouring concrete, installing drywall, and painting too if time allows. It is a large building that still needs a lot of work! We are going to be “in the sticks”, the perfect setting for our “unplugged” team. Remember that our team is specifically geared towards those kids dealing with an addiction to technology and gaming. We are looking forward to the daily camp fires under the star-painted night sky. Please pray for us! Pray that our walks with the Lord would deepen and that we would emerge from the summer somewhat different than we were before our summer adventure began. May we sing a little louder, smile a little bigger, and see and understand so much more about our awesome God. May this be a life-altering and life-impacting adventure!
Isabelle will be going on a Peanut Team this summer too! And her dad will be her leader!! I am grateful for the special time these two will have together roughing it in the jungles of Florida. I am also thankful for the peace of mind I have knowing that Mike will be there to help her and her other teammates survive. 😉 Their project will be building trusses for covered sidewalks and tent site sheds on Teen Missions’ property. They will also travel to a local nursing home to put their training in puppets, music, and wordless books to practice. They are both very excited, although Mike has mentioned purchasing ear plugs for the days that the trusses will be assembled. Many kids, each with a hammer and nails, will make a lot of noise!
Our girls continue to thrive at school. Kenya placed second again this year for her Science Fair project, “How High or Low Can You Go?” (She tested what effects gender and vocal training have on our vocal ranges.) She was also given the “School Choice” award for her project which means that she was chosen to represent her school at the District Finals with all the other first place finishers. At District, she earned another second place medal!! We are so proud of her and all of her academic achievements! We pray daily that the Lord would continue to give our children the ability as well as the desire to learn. We are grateful that they are eager to discover and want to succeed academically. It makes our job as parents so much easier.
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 our team to Arizona, for effective ministry, for wisdom as we work on our project and share the gospel, and for unity amongst our team.
~ Praise that Mike’s mom will be coming to take care of our children during Boot Camp. We are SO GRATEFUL!
~We also continue to seek God’s wisdom as we raise Kenya, Isabelle, Lily and Gabriel.
~We praise the Lord for our faithful prayer and financial supporters!
~We also praise the Lord for the privilege to serve the Him in missions full-time.
~We ask that you pray for continued wisdom for us and that we would follow His guidance daily.