Greetings from hot, muggy, sunny Florida. Tents are going up and eating and camping sites are being cleared and it’s beginning to look like Boot Camp time around here.
So much has changed from the last newsletter I sent out to you guys. I guess the biggest change is my summer team has changed again! They ended up having to cancel the Kilimanjaro teams because the visas getting into the country cost way to much. So sadly, we did not have much of a choice but to cancel them. I am now going on the Puerto Rico team! The Puerto Rico team is a Hurricane Relief team. After the devastation that happen to Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria we will be going and helping churches and communities clean up the debris and help to rebuild. We also will be helping at Vacation Bible School where the team members will get to interact with the children and have the opportunity to impact them by sharing the Gospel through songs, puppets, and testimonies. The adventure part of the mission trip is that we will be taking the team members to the Caribbean Sea where they will get to spend time in the white sand and clear breathtaking turquoise water.
This spring my mom came down again and spent two weeks with me over Easter. We had a good time in the short time she was here. We went on a wild life boat ride that took us around Cocoa to see all the wild life in our area. And of course we had to go to Disney because, let’s be honest how can you come to Florida and not go there? We had a great time and also got to meet up with some friends that I work with at Teen Missions was just a great day to spend with family and friends.
I am now teaching and have been for the past week and a half and I love it! The Bible students we have here are doing great and asking a lot of questions in class. They like to keep me on my toes with their questions, but we are having fun and they are learning a lot in the process! One of the projects I’m having them do is to look up different medical missionaries and on our last day of class, I will have them present them to everyone. I think it’s something that will help bring the medical part of their class real to them.
So, this year one of my New Year’s resolutions was to step out and be bold with something I have never done before so this year for the first time ever, I’m going to be helping lead worship music at Boot Camp! I was very unsure about this at first because I have not been playing guitar that long, but going to try my best and practices makes perfect right? At the least I will be making a joyful noise to the Lord!
We have our 4th Annual Mud Run coming up this weekend, as of right now we have over 500 signed up and guessing we will have a couple hundred more sign up on race day! We are looking forward to seeing everyone race. Some people really get into it and `even dress up! Everyone has a great time for a good cause!
I want to thank you again for all your prayers and support. I am truly blessed and humbled by all of you on a daily basis. I ask that you please pray for all the staff, interns, students and volunteers as summer is getting closer. Please pray that everyone has good health, finances, safe travel, and compassion and understanding with summer team members.