Dear Family and Friends,
Change is in the air! Since we wrote our last newsletter, many things have changed at Teen Missions. As we look forward to a new year, we pray that we might change and become more the people that God would have us to be. It is easy to stay in the familiar, to not step out to try new things, to say that “we’ve always done it this way”; it is not easy to when you are stretched in areas you are not familiar with. Praise God for His faithfulness and the encouragement and comfort of His word.
With the change in leadership at Teen Missions, we are reviewing many of the things that we’ve “always done this way” and are updating and changing how things are done. Some of the changes have put staff in different positions. Bob now has another hat to wear in that he is assisting once again with Teen Missions Conference Center. Back in the early 90’s, when Teen Missions was first starting to use our facilities as a Conference Center, Bob was known as “Host Yost” as he got rooms ready for groups, greeted them when they arrived and was generally the contact person while groups were on the property. He and another staffer are working on contacting people and groups who have previously used our Conference Center facilities. Bob is good at correspondence and loves to talk to people so it is a good fit for him. He continues to work in the Literature Warehouse. While many of the things he does in there remain the same, there is a committee that is reviewing the literature we use and updating it, so that will eventually mean changes in what he does with some of the literature he packs for the US teams as well as the Overseas Boot Camp teams. Fortunately, several of our winter volunteers have been a big help to him in getting some things collated. It takes a while to collate 40 verses and put them in the plastic pack— recently 1,000 in English and 300 in Swahili—any help is greatly appreciated.
My job has probably changed the most, in that I have moved back down to the Finance Department. It has been a challenge as I’ve been away from the Finance Department for the last three years and have never been fully responsible for most of the accounting responsibilities. Fortunately, the 20+ years of work in the department means that I’ve at least heard about many of the things that need to be done even if I’ve never actually done them. I’m also discovering that there are many layers in some areas. More than one time, I’ve woken up in the middle of the night, remembering a step that was mentioned at some point in the last 15 years that I’ve needed to look up so I can figure out how to do it. Praise God, I’ve remembered the “middle-of-the-night” reminders the next day! Payroll is an area I’ve helped do for years; however, the actual entries, not only in the payroll program, but also in the accounting, I’ve never done. It’s a little or a lot nerve-racking because the last thing I want to do is to mess up someone’s pay. Then there’s the quarterly payroll tax reports that need to be done and the W-2’s for everyone. The bill paying is probably the easier part of the job, in that I’ve done that before, even though that was 15 years ago. I’m sure there are still things to learn, but it feels like I am over the hump on the learning curve and am beginning to have time to do some organizing of the files.
My regular job of working with investments or mortgages has been on hold for a while, so there will be a lot of catch-up work to do if that comes back to me, especially as the year-end mortgage interest statements are supposed to be out by the end of January. A reminder that I found in a devotional that has helped me get through all the changes is, “I can do what I need to do, because God is with me.” I am thankful for the reminders and the nudges and encouragement that God has given me, even the middle-of-the night ones!
Once again, we will be leading a Preteen team, this time to Zambia. I’ve been taking to Doug, the Zambia Base Coordinator, for the last few years about requesting a Preteen team for work on the base there. First off, I asked if they had sidewalks and did it get really muddy during the rainy season? Then I suggested that sidewalks would be nice and that Preteens are good at doing them and wouldn’t it be great if the Yosts could lead a Preteen team to Zambia to pour sidewalks for them on the base? Finally, this year, it happened! We are excited about seeing another Teen Missions base and meeting more of the Zambian staff. When any of our overseas staff come to the Florida base, we try to at least have them over for a meal, if not the weekend, so it will be good to see some of our staff friends on their turf! Pray with us for a full team of Preteens who want to serve the Lord and a second male leader.
Home Life Updates
On the homefront, we have many projects going on. I am finishing up painting the kitchen and making new curtains. We had a roof leak and had to get that taken care of before we could paint the kitchen ceiling. Guess what I’m doing this weekend!
Next on the list was to find a water leak between our house and the meter near the street. Unbeknownst to us, there are people who specialize in finding water leaks. It didn’t take them long to pressurize the line and find the leak—Bob had already dug several holes looking for it and was only two feet away from the leaky pipe. It has a patch on it now so that we can have freely running water (into the house, not the ground)! We had some large water bills, which is how we figured out there was a leak. You don’t realize the convenience of running water until you don’t have it. The next part was for Bob to dig a 57’x 18” trench to replace the waterline. First we needed to jackhammer out 20’ of the driveway. Thankfully we got help on that part—two of our Bible school students came and did the heavy work. Now you practically take your life in your hands (or feet) when you step out the front door. We have a plumber friend coming to do the work—we’re looking for the kind of water line that he recommends so that job can be finished. Then we need to pour concrete to replace what we had to take out to find the water line.
God still keeps us going—no major health problems, just little things, mostly for Bob. He has more aches and pains since he broke his knees a couple of years ago. His allergies are really bothering him this year. We’re thinking that he might need to go back to an allergist for shots. We have also had a downturn in our support level and have had to dip into our savings the last few months. Pray with us for increased support so we won’t have to use the funds we have set aside for retirement.
We appreciate and are thankful for those of you who have faithfully supported us with prayer and finances over our years serving the Lord at Teen Missions. God still continues to use us and we are thankful that we can still serve Him.
Servants in Christ,
Bob and Paula Yost
955 Butia St.
Merritt Island, FL 32953