Dear Family and Friends,
As usual, it has been a busy fall and winter for Bob and me with church activities, projects at home and singing and playing bells (Bob, not me!), not to mention all the things going on at Teen Missions. We don’t have time to be bored, God is always bringing something to mind or giving us something He wants us to do or to learn.
One of my projects during our time off at Christmas was to reupholster a chair that had belonged to my mother. As you can see from the picture, I took it completely apart. There wasn’t much left to it other than the basic shape of a chair. As I was trying to nail the tacks in, get the stuffing in the proper place and get it to look like a chair you’d want to sit in, I had a lot of time to think. I was reminded of how God often “takes us apart” as He works to remove the parts of us that need replacing and rebuilds us in the image of Christ. Often we work against God, just as I felt the chair was not cooperating when I was working on it. I had need of the upholstery teacher who taught me and helped me many years ago when I first upholstered a piece of furniture. Do I go to God when I have need of instruction or help or do I even think of asking for help? How many times do I think that no one can help and that I have to do it on my own? While I didn’t get the chair finished, it’s getting closer to being done, God is not finished with me yet. Hopefully in our next letter I will be able to show you the finished product. Me—I know that God will still have more work to do on me and I won’t be “finished” yet!
Bob continues to enjoy singing and many enjoy listening to him. As usual, he sang “O Holy Night” at the Christmas Eve service. It was a blessing to all who heard him. I may be a bit biased, but I think it was the best he’s sung it. He is still working to recover from his accident last spring and goes to the gym three times a week to use the machines to strengthen the muscles in his legs that didn’t get used for six weeks. We don’t recommend breaking your knees and certainly not both of them at the same time. And the projects don’t go away at Teen Missions either. Boot Camps are still run in other countries, as well as the ones here in Florida, and coordinators still need literature and supplies that need to be collated and packed. Bob is always on the lookout for people who can translate some of our evangelistic materials into the “heart” language of the people to be reached. Most recently he’s been working with some of our Zambian staff who were here in the States for several weeks to get things translated into Lambda for the Good News coloring book, the Can You Find Christ tract and the Gospel coins that are good evangelistic tools.
Besides reupholstering chairs, I’ve been busy with two Bible study groups and church activities. Spring Praise Fest is coming up in March and I’m still in charge of the prayer tent. It is a privilege to pray for others. And there’s always a project that needs doing at home—those are never-ending. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I’m seeing lots that needs to be done in the yard, too. We still need to put up the back fence that Hurricane Irma blew down. We’ve got the fence posts and need to finish the process. While it’s not a one-person job, it is something that Bob is not able to do as much of as he would like because of his knees. I’m not sure that I’m a good person to help either! At Teen Missions, I’m still working with the investment program and manage 150 or more mortgages. We are thankful for the income they bring because it covers the cost of much of our overseas work. Needless to say, it keeps me busy and I’ve learned things I never knew that I wanted to learn!
We just recently held a Staff Conference. One of the workshops that we both attended had to do with writing a Bible study on the book of James for the teen program. While we still lead preteen teams, we both like the book of James and are working on getting it written by April 1. Pray with us that we will be able to get it done and that it will be meaningful to the teens that will be using it. It’s been a long, long time since we were teens, but we do have some of the younger staff and the Bible school students involved who will help fine-tune it for today’s teens. We know that God’s Word is relevant to us at any age and James is a good book to use to touch on many issues that will be helpful to teenagers.
Our summer plans, at this time, are to lead a preteen team to Tanzania, a first for a preteen team. We will be at the Teen Missions base near Moshi where there is a beautiful view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, when the clouds are not covering it. Our project will be planting fruit trees on the base’s border and doing evangelism in nearby areas. It is always an adventure when traveling with preteens and helping them learn more about God and how He wants to be a part of their lives. Pray with us that the team will fill with those youth and leaders whom God wants to serve Him and that we will be a blessing to the staff and Bible students at the base.
We want to thank you for your prayers and support that have allowed us to serve the Lord here at Teen Missions. You are an important part of what we do and we couldn’t be here without you.
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost