Greetings Family, Friends and Former Team Members,
As we are about to fall back to our post-summer routine, we’d like to pause and share what’s happening in our lives. Rebekah has begun homeschooling and particularly enjoys math and being read poetry. David is proud of his new accomplishment of being potty-trained and seems to have an increasing interest in dinosaurs. Brielle has begun running, climbing stairs and enjoys pointing out doggies – most of which she calls Koko because of my sister-in-law’s dog. Christi has enjoyed quality time with family and new friends and my love for reading has been renewed.
This last summer, Christi had the opportunity to serve in Munchkin Missions. During the Lord’s Boot Camp training, the staff have the option to have their children participate in Munchkin Missions from 8 am to 5 pm. This allows the staff time to focus on their Boot Camp and team responsibilities.
This summer I served as head leader on a teen team of 18 youth. During Boot Camp, the kids went through training which largely included construction classes, which prepared the team for our field projects. After Boot Camp, we headed to Ecuador for 4 1/2 weeks, helping to build a pavilion which will be used for upcoming evening rallies during the Ecuadorian Boot Camp. The evening rallies include worship and age-appropriate teaching promoting growth in the national youth. It was beautiful to see the teens work faithfully to complete the task set before them. They even completed weeks early which allowed us to assist in: building an apartment and basic kitchen for the national staff; building a large three-part septic tank; laying the foundation for a bathroom; and begin building a tower for the water tanks. Additionally, during our time in Ecuador our team had the opportunity to help with the Ecuadorian Boot Camp by setting up the Obstacle Course, judging the youths’ performance in the Obstacle Course, helping to lead worship during evening rallies and doing some of the teaching for the Ecuadorian Boot Camp. While assisting with the national Boot Camp, we witnessed 18 of the Ecuadorian youth accept and give their lives to Christ.
Kristin from our Ecuador teen team shared, “Boot Camp is definitely not what I expected. There are equal parts good and stressful. However, once I got into the rhythm of things, it was much easier. The night Rallies here are my favorite. I can sing all I want and my team supports me. The message every night is something that touches me or touches on my life. I’ve learned to be thankful for so many things I would never have thought to be thankful for before.”
-Praise for our new supporters!
-Praise for our health and safety.
-Pray for continued support of Teen Missions and our family.
-Pray for my former team members to trust in Christ and keep up with their personal devotion time.
-Pray for David as we pursue an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. David has made progress with therapy through the school district, but he is still lacking and had some behavioral issues surface this past summer.
-Pray for Rebekah to have a desire to learn and cooperate as she is being homeschooled this year.
-Pray for Christi and myself to keep our priorities straight and maintain balance throughout our busy lives.
Thank you for investing in our lives prayerfully and financially – which allows us to invest in others’ lives. You mean so much to us!