Dear Faithful Supporters,
It’s been an interesting couple of months for us. We were scheduled to lead the team to Mongolia. However, they needed leaders who could stay in Mongolia after the team left. Bethany and I did not feel like we could make the commitment to stay after the summer, so we will be helping to run the home office. It will be a busy summer for us; assisting in the taking care of the property, answering phone calls from parents, posting team reports on the website and helping cook for the teams when they arrive back. After five years of living in Africa and hosting teams, it will be a blessing to be the ones helping to send, and to host them when they come back.
During Boot Camp time, Bethany and I will be teaching classes, answering phone calls and speaking at evening rally. North American youth are leaving the church. Teens are addicted to their phones and can’t seem to go a minute without looking at a screen. Teen Missions’ summer experience is an amazing chance for them to completely unplug and focus on their walk with the Lord. We want to see each team member grow in their walk with Christ. The church today needs to wake up and see that our youth are not being shown how to live a life focused on God. As they come this summer and go around the world, pray that God will open their hearts to see HIS truth. We want to raise up the next generation to follow Christ with all their hearts and change the world for His glory.
We are thankful that my body has been producing red blood cells and I am currently not anemic. The thing we are monitoring now is my high iron or ferritin levels. A normal-high is around 300 and my iron storage is still over 740. I have been taking zinc to try to help lower it and staying away from red meat. In the fall, if it still is high, I will need to have blood removed. This will, Lord willing, allow my body to make more blood and use the iron that is being stored. Please pray for wisdom as we move forward. I am going to try to take liquid zinc to see if that will help bring it down more quickly. We also found out that I do carry the gene for my childhood type of anemia. It’s been a lot to process as we seek the Lord in starting a family.
While we were living in Malawi, we saw a lot of our staff ladies go through very hard pregnancies. Bethany did her best to help them, but never felt like she could give them a lot of advice or help. Since coming back to the USA Bethany has felt a desire to learn about helping women give birth. We are excited that someone recommended she start by becoming a Doula. So she has started a “work at your own pace” Birthing Doula training program. For those of you that might not know what that is … (I did not know at all ), a birthing Doula is, essentially, a birthing coach. They are there for the physical and emotional wellbeing of the mother, and to help empower her with the confidence she needs to have a healthy and successful birthing experience.
Being a Doula would be a great ministry for Bethany, not just here in the USA, but also if God leads us overseas again. We are also praying about, in the future, Bethany going back to school to become a Midwife.
Over the last couple of months Bethany and I have been going through a lot emotionally and spiritually. We are always asking God to show us His plans for our future and how He wants to use us. We feel like God has called us to stay with Teen Missions through 2018. After that, we are not sure what direction He will take us. From a young age, we have felt called to be in ministry. After leaving for the field right after getting married, we feel like God might be calling us to a year sabbatical from ministry. We don’t know what that will look like yet, and our adjustment to the USA has been very difficult. We want to thank you, again, for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement. We absolutely cannot do this without you.
As we go into our busy summer, please keep Bethany and me in prayer. Thank you for standing with us and for being part of the bigger picture. We hope you all have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Together in His Service,
Josiah and Bethany Frey