Greetings from the Sunshine State!
It’s the busy time of year for all of us here at Teen Missions. In the past month, we have been able to put up six of the seven Big Top Tents, clear trails for the Mud Run, set up the Obstacle Course–including installing a new Slough and updating the Red Sea, open the Old Testament Tabernacle for tours now that repairs from Hurricane Irma are complete, and so much more.
There are so many preparations to be done before Boot Camp begins in June. All the work ushers in such a sense of excitement and anticipation for the staff and students. On Monday, we will start our 40 days of intensified prayer before the arrival of leaders. This will help calm hearts and cast away anxiety of what is to come. Prayer is the foundation of all we do here and we crave time alone with our Heavenly Father in preparing for our summer teams.
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING?
Shannon has been busier this spring with the Conference Center than any other time we can remember. We have hosted 8 retreats and three amazing work groups since January. Without the work groups, our “to do list” would still be a mile long. We are so thankful that God sent the laborers that we have earnestly prayed for!! I (Vikki) helped cook for many of these groups and I am always blessed being able to serve our guests. A good meal always makes strangers into good friends.
Shannon is also very busy doing all the necessary prep work for the 4th Annual AIDS Orphans Mud Run that we will host on May 5th. Last year, we had nearly 800 runners come to participate and this year our numbers are already ahead of last year. Hurricane Irma knocked down trees and really wreaked havoc on our course. Please pray that all the runners will run safely and that we can raise much needed funds for orphan relief. Last year, we raised over $12,000.00!!!
I just finished teaching Missions II in the Bible School. This is probably my favorite class to teach! Our Good News Club at Cambridge Elementary in Cocoa finished up for the school year with a Wordless Book party at the end of March. When we reviewed the Memory Verses, I was brought to tears listening to our 40 club members recite John 3:16-17 from memory! Twenty-five of these kids came forward and prayed to receive Christ! What a blessing it has been to be a part of this! I already miss meeting with the kids each week and will count down the days until we resume in the fall. I have also been busy in the Personnel/Volunteer Department. We had so many great winter volunteers and now are receiving registrations daily for Boot Camp help. If any of you would like to spend an unforgettable two weeks helping at Boot Camp this summer, give me call! I’d be happy to sign you up! I promise you will be blessed!
HOW ABOUT THE KIDS?
Madison is in the last weeks of her senior year! She received the distinction of Senior Student of the Month at her school and will be the guest of honor at the Rotary Club meeting this week. She graduates on May 21 and plans to attend Asbury University in the fall where she will major in Developmental Psychology and English. She hopes to work with special needs children in Asia. You would think the third child would be easier when it comes to letting them go. How can you be so excited for their future and so desperate to hold on to them all at the same time? We are incredibly proud of her and how hard she has worked!
Zoe is finishing up her last weeks in Junior High and will be a freshman next year. She received the Community Service award at her middle school ceremony. She had 190 hours of community service this year! Zoe has signed up to be a team member on the Holy Land team with us. This will be her first year as a team member. She still has about $1000 to raise for her team. If you would like to help her reach her goal, we have included a coupon you can fill out and return with your donation. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are so thankful for so many incredibly generous partners in our ministry!
Our Holy Land Team will arrive on June 16. We will complete two weeks of training here at the Lord’s Boot Camp. After the Commissioning Service on June 30, we will travel to Hope School, a boarding school just outside of Bethlehem. They have some construction projects just waiting for us. We are so excited for this summer! Our male assistant leader went with us to Samoa in 2010. We can’t wait to spend another summer with him! Shannon nicknamed him “The Amish Work Horse” in 2010 for obvious reasons. He is a great young man! Our lady assistant leader has been on teams the past two summers, so she is a “seasoned veteran” as well. Please pray for safety, good health and unity for the team.
We are so very grateful for each of you! Thank you so much for your faithfulness in prayer and financial support. We couldn’t be here without you. Together, we make an awesome team!!
The Bobb Family
Shannon, Vikki, Madison and Zoe