Dear Family and Friends,
It’s hard to believe that it is officially fall with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s and the ever-present humidity. But that is what the calendar tells us! Looking back on our summer, we had a different kind of summer with very little travel.
As we mentioned in our last newsletter, when our original team to Tanzania was cancelled, we were placed on the Forest Angels Team that stayed on the property. Even though the short stay in the Ocala National Forest was cancelled, the team enjoyed riding the minibikes on Teen Missions property on the many trails here. We found many things for the team to do that we pray enlarged the territory of our Preteens.
If you will recall the book, The Prayer of Jabez, the prayer was to enlarge Jabez’ territory (I Chronicles 4:10). We tried to do that by introducing the team to local ministries. God is at work in many ways and many places——you don’t need to travel to another country to share God’s love with people. God provided several opportunities for us to do just that.
The team had a work project on property—putting 14 picnic tables together, eight four-footers and six six-footers. The kids learned to use some different tools and, more importantly, learned to work together. They also got to see the end result of their hard work when we delivered them to the RV Park where we placed them on the lots by the trailers. Lifting them off the trailer and carrying them to the concrete pads also required teamwork and some muscle. The kids also had a mini-work project while there, moving some 15’ metal roofing pieces. Two teams of our kids had a contest moving the metal and got it done quickly and safely. The managers of the park were quite thankful as it was more than they could do and now that area can be more easily mowed and will look nicer. We took a picnic lunch and afterwards gave a presentation for the residents of the park that were available to come. A good time was had by all!
Two of the Mondays we got up early and went to House of Hope, a local feeding ministry. We arrived at 5:30 a.m., which means we got up even earlier. We had a ‘grab and go’ breakfast of PB&J sandwiches and juice bags that we consumed as we traveled to the church. The kids got to work at several of the stations. We sorted bread, fruit and vegetables, handed out food to the clients and helped people carry their boxes of food. We served over 800 people each of the Mondays. The kids enjoyed being there to help and were sad to leave the other volunteers they worked with. Before leaving on the second Monday, we did a mini-presentation for the other volunteers.
The other local ministry we worked with was ‘Seafarer’s Ministry’ that provides a place for the crew of the cruise ships and freighters that come into Port Canaveral. Our team sang and did a puppet song for the crew members there and did a little mini-survey, asking where they were from, how long they’d been working on the ships and what family did they have at home. Most of the people were from Indonesia or the Philippines, one from Romania and one man from India who had been working cruise ships for 18 years. The world is coming to our backyard and there are lots of opportunities to befriend them and show them God’s love. We also had a quick tour of the port and saw the cruise terminals, the one cruise ship in port and the area where the freighters come with their cargos. The end of our tour was through a nearby neighborhood that had several peacocks. I think the kids enjoyed seeing the birds more than the big ships.
During our team time, we went to three local churches on Sundays and did presentations during the services. It was a joy to us to go to our local church on one of the Sundays, so our friends could actually see some of what we do instead of just hearing us talk about it and showing them pictures! We’ll still do that, too!
We ended our team time with a trip to Orlando to the Wycliffe Visitor Center where the kids learned about Bible translation and some of the countries Bible translators have worked in. After the all-important shopping in their gift shop, we went the short distance to Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and learned about the JESUS Film. It’s quite an interesting process of dubbing in the words in another language to the film and trying to make the mouth look like it’s saying the right words. One of our girls, who speaks Spanish, got to dub in a few lines. First, she talked over the person speaking the lines in English, then she did it in Spanish by herself. Then we got to watch the short clip and hear Nikki speaking the lines in Spanish instead of the English of the original actor. It blessed me to see how excited the kids were to buy their own copy of the JESUS Film.
After our summer team, we stayed home and worked on home projects. Because we had gone to my nephew’s wedding in Montana in May, another big trip was out of our budget! We are still working on catching up in the yard. I think we were behind before the summer, so you know that it did not get any better by the end of the summer! Another project that we had hoped to put off for several more years is the replacement of our roof. Unfortunately, it needs re-doing now. So now we are on the waiting list to get it done. Next up, either hurricane windows or shutters. Fortunately, at this writing, the winds seem to have missed us. The plywood is getting too heavy and difficult for us to put up. We aren’t as young as we think we are anymore.
Fortunately, God does not put a limit on age—we can still serve Him. He still uses us, just as He uses you. Without you, we would not be able to serve the Lord through Teen Missions. Thank you.
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost
955 Butia St.
Merritt Island, FL 32953