Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings from Teen Missions in Florida. Life has been busy and our everyday lives have been turned upside down by our new arrival. Although it has taken some adjustment to having a baby in the house, we consider ourselves extremely blessed to have such a precious child to call our own. Asher Philip Clyde was born on December 28th. He was supposed to come sooner but he decided to try and wait for January. He was eight days past his due date. We think he is the cutest baby we have ever seen and love him so much. When he was first born, he had jaundice and did not gain weight like he was supposed to. After two weeks, his jaundice had cleared up and he finally started to gain weight. Praise the Lord, he is now on track and is a healthy and happy baby. Every day he brings new joy to our lives and we couldn’t be happier.
Thomas has been doing maintenance and building projects around Teen Missions while I am now officially on maternity leave. Thomas has been working mainly on putting together new trailers for the staff and volunteers here in Florida. Three new trailers were brought in and Thomas was one of the people who put them together. He was involved with working through all the state regulations and making sure that it would pass inspection. Florida is very strict on how they want trailers done because they have to withstand hurricane-force winds. We now have three new trailers ready to use and Thomas has learned new skills.
Thomas is also teaching a class on Prophecy in the Teen Missions Bible school. He is very excited to teach in the Bible school this term. Even at 5:30 in the morning, I will find him studying and preparing for his class. He gets so excited about all he wants to teach the students and is constantly trying to learn more himself in order to give them a good education on the subject.
It is hard to believe that this year marks the fourth AIDS Orphans Mud Run. The Mud Run will be the first week of May, and we have to do a lot of work to get the property ready. A small tornado tore a path through parts of the back trails during the last hurricane, so we have to go through and make new trails through the woods. The Mud Run generates lots of donations to Teen Missions’ Aids Orphans ministry, and that money is sent over to our bases in Africa for people in need.
We are also preparing to lead a Preteen team this summer to Arizona. It will be both a work and evangelism team. Every team is different and amazing in its own way. We are praying that this summer our Preteen team will be on fire for God and will see God working in great ways on the Indian Reservation in Arizona.
Please keep us in your prayers. Our lives are constantly changing and we appreciate all your prayers for us.
• That God will give us wisdom in our everyday lives, in raising our son and for Thomas as he is teaching.
• Pray that our finances will continue to grow, that we may be fully supported
• For God to give us a heart and love for each of the kids coming on our team this summer.
Thank you so much for all your support and prayers as we work with Teen Missions.
The Clyde Family