Greetings from Teen Missions Headquarters in Merritt Island, Florida!
Christmas in Ohio
We had a great time with family and friends in Ohio over the Christmas holidays. We hosted our annual “Thanks for Giving” Dinner and had over 60 people come share a meal with us despite snow and frigid temperatures. Our kids were able to go snow tubing with the Ohio Christian Union Youth at Mad River Mountain and really enjoyed playing in the snow again. We worshipped with brothers and sisters at Storms Chapel, Bethel Chapel, Maple Grove, and Bainbridge United Methodist. We had hoped to get to a few more churches, but the weather canceled many services in the area. On the way home, we toured The Ark Encounter in Kentucky. What an incredible experience. It is amazing-—if you haven’t seen it yet, we highly recommend it! Shannon had discectomy surgery on his back just before our trip so his mobility was quite limited. He is healing well and feeling much better. Thank you for your prayers!
Cambodia Boot Camp and Bible School
Boot Camp was held in September in Cambodia and 65 team members participated (that’s more than double the team members we had last year!). There were four teams that went out from Boot Camp to do projects and evangelism. It was a very successful Boot Camp. The Bible school started back for a new term in October. We now have 21 students studying at two schools! Progress is being made on the new dorm at Kampong Chhnang. The bathrooms are being tiled and finished and all of the inside walls have been plastered. It shouldn’t be long before the students move out of their temporary housing into the new dorm rooms. It is so exciting to see this project being completed! We also are praising God for a bountiful rice harvest at the base. The students were very successful in raising rice to feed the base. We are sad to not be returning to Cambodia this summer. It was decided that the political climate is too unstable to take a team this summer. Please pray for the national elections that will take place in June. Pray for a peaceful process. Pray for Nelly, the Teen Missions Coordinator in Cambodia. She works very hard to oversee both bases and schools. Pray that God will raise up more staff people to help Nelly.
Shannon and I have been assigned to the Holy Land team this summer. Zoe will be a team member. This will be her first time being a team member. Pray for Zoe that she will adapt to being a team member and do well at Boot Camp. Our team will travel to Bethlehem and will have a building project at Hope Secondary School. Madison plans to spend the summer in Ohio, working and babysitting. Hopefully, she will be attending Asbury University in the fall. Please pray for her as she prepares for college. She is being considered for a full scholarship at Asbury!
Canaan is doing well and has only had one seizure in the last 10 months! He is planning to lead a team to Ecuador this summer and hopes to go to Malawi in December and spend at least a year helping there. He plans to teach in the Bible school and help wherever needed at the base in Chipoka. Pray that he will remain seizure free and that he can raise the additional support needed to go to Malawi for a year.
Good News Club
I have been helping to teach a Good News Club at a local elementary school in Cocoa, Florida. The club is held on Wednesdays after school. Currently, we have 50 kids coming each week and several of the kids have prayed to accept Christ. It is awesome to see them grow in their knowledge of God’s Word. We had a generous donation of 100 Bibles and we were able to present each child with their own Bible at our Christmas party. Many of them are bringing them to club and saying that they are reading them on their own at home! Last week, a second grade boy named Adam told me, “Ms. Vikki, today I want to be born again!” Praise the Lord for the opportunity to share Jesus with these kids and see them respond by accepting Christ into their hearts!
Shannon is starting to prepare for the 4th Annual AIDS Orphans 5K Mud Run. Last year we had over 650 runners and raised over $12,000 for orphan needs in sub-Saharan Africa. The race grows in attendance each year. Shannon and Canaan are working to prepare the 36 obstacles and clear the trails after Hurricane Irma did her damage to the property. Please pray for more participants and volunteers this year! It takes a lot of work and volunteers to put on an event of this size…
We are very understaffed here in Florida and have a great need for God to raise up “laborers for the harvest”. Please pray for the Casper family–they are trying to raise support to join staff here in April. Also, we need volunteers to help with Boot Camp and The Mud Run. If you would like to come down to help, just call the office at 321-453-0350, ask for the Volunteers Department, and we will help arrange your visit. We are also praying for more leaders for summer teams. If God is calling you, just contact our Leader Department and they will work to get you placed on a summer team.
We sincerely thank each of you for your prayers, financial support, and encouragement. We are so dependent on each of you and are so grateful for your partnership in our ministry. We will start our 11th year with Teen Missions in May. God has been faithful to us and your prayers sustain us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
With Love and Gratitude,
The Bobb Family
Shannon, Vikki, Madison and Zoe