Dear Friends and Family,
It has been a busy couple of months. In March, Richard made a trip to Malawi and Zambia. My doctor did not want me going to a malaria country so we contacted our son, Josh. Once again we saw God’s perfect timing. Josh recently retired from the Navy, was waiting for an interview and had the time to join Richard on his trip. It was eye opening for both of them. They were able to be in each country for their “refresher”, a time of sharing and preparing for another year of ministry. It was a great time of fellowship as they met all of our national staff serving in these countries—good, loyal men and women of God working diligently at the Bible School, the Circuits and the Rescue Units.
Zambia and Malawi Updates
They also had the opportunity to visit a few of the units and in Zambia, some Matrons Units. The units were in poor condition and overcrowded. Richard gave them the money to replace the missing sheets of steel for the roofs and enough to purchase mattresses since they only had pieces of old mattresses to sleep on. We now have five usable units instead of two! The outhouse is now usable as well and the ladies no longer have to go into the jungle.
We also have a lot of property in both countries and are in need of volunteers to give a couple of months to work with the staff and students to teach them farming techniques. We would also like to raise the money to purchase a tractor for each country. There are so many possibilities for these countries to become self-sufficient or at least close to it.
While they were in Africa, I was taken care of quite well. Staff and students had me over for dinner or we went out for dinner almost every night that Richard was gone. We have good people working here at Teen Missions and we are thankful for each one of them.
Shortly after their arrival home, I found out that my brother unexpectedly passed away. I took a week off to be with my parents and my other two brothers. We will miss Tim, but it is such a comfort to know that he is with Jesus and we will all be together again someday. I do want to thank those of you who were aware and were praying for us. Your prayers were definitely a comfort.
I am feeling pretty good, but we have decided to get a second opinion concerning the leukemia at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. It is well known and recommended by many friends. We feel it is best to get another doctor’s opinion on this matter.
Teen Missions Update
Richard has shared in chapel and with friends how impressed he is with our staff all over the world and here at home. They all give tirelessly to the building of God’s kingdom—it is a privilege to know them and work with them. Everyone here at the office is pulling together and much is being accomplished in preparing for the summer and keeping up with the needs of the overseas bases.
Exciting things are happening here at TMI headquarters. We have five potential staff now raising support to join us here at Teen Missions. One of those being our son, Jon. Many of you know him as he has led three teams in the past and spent some time in Malawi drilling wells. If anyone would like to support him, just go online to donate or call Teen Missions and we’ll help you with this.
The Big Tops went up on April 16. It was great having Joe and Josh here to help. We enjoyed having them here for a few days—the only thing that could be better would have been to have their families join them. We had a work group of young people here to help as well and the Big Tops went up pretty quick. We put them up early for the upcoming Mud Run the first weekend of May, which helps ease us into Boot Camp in June.
Prayer Requests and Thank You
That’s the last few months in a nutshell. Please continue to pray for us and the staff of Teen Missions. Great things are happening! Pray for the Bible school students, country coordinators, orphan units and children seeking help, along with our circuit riders as they travel to villages with the news of Jesus and the other ministries of Teen Missions. Thank you for your prayers.
Richard and Gina Barber