Dear Friends and Family,
We hope you had a wonderful Easter. I always enjoy reflecting on the reason for the holiday. Christ is risen, therefore we rejoice and tell others. This is the reason behind everything that Thomas and I do. We disciple teens, do humanitarian work and even fun events, but it is good for us to remember the true reason we are here. Our Savior lives, praise be to God! That being said we have been crazy busy lately. It seems all the big events come together.
I (Julie) have been teaching a public speech class at the Teen Missions Bible school. Teaching is always a learning curve. My class is a very hands-on class in that I have each of them preparing speeches. Public speaking is an interesting topic to teach in that each person has their own form of doing it. My goals with this class are to help each one to improve their stage presence and confidence but also to be able to communicate clearly to the audience. Some of them have more work to do in order to get there, but I have seen improvements in all of them. I hope this class will prepare them for future work and their internships where many will be doing public speaking to some capacity.
Missions Mud Run is fast approaching! Thomas has been working hard in the jungle preparing the trails for the run. There are still trails that need clearing and proper marking. All the obstacles need to be prepared and ensured they are safe. We are expecting about 700 runners this year. All of the proceeds from the Mud Run go to underprivileged children all over the world. I love going and watching the runners come in covered from head to toe in mud. It’s a fun fundraiser and everyone I have talked to enjoys the event.
Thomas and I will be headed back to Cambodia this summer leading a team of teenagers. We will be primarily in the southern part of the country, doing work around the base and going to the surrounding villages and schools sharing the gospel. This is a motorcycle team meaning that each and every one of our team members will have their own motorcycle. We are very excited to be going back to Cambodia. God has given us a love for the people there.
Having said our teenagers will be riding motorcycles, Thomas and I are glad that we recently were trained in first aid and CPR. As a leader, having the training helps to reassure me when leading these teams. We never expect injuries and always work to prevent them from happening. Even so, it is nice to know what to do should the need arise.
Our Cambodia team is small this year, only having eight teens at the moment. We had several sign up at some homeschooling conferences we worked at. Teen Missions has partnered with Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conference. This Christian organization is focused on training up children for the Lord. Our part in the partnership was to provide classes for the teenagers and younger children while the parents were in their lectures. This gave us a great opportunity to share the Gospel and also share the opportunity of going to the missions field. Many of the teenagers were very excited alearning about ways they can do missions.
Thank you all for supporting us and our ministry. Please keep us in your prayers, especially this summer while we are traveling overseas. Some specific prayer requests would be:
– The health and safety of our team
– For each of our team members to have a passion for the work they are doing
-For Thomas and I to have wisdom for all the decisions we will make concerning the team.
We are excited about all the big stuff coming up but also for the every day opportunity we have to serve. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.
Thomas, Julie and Asher Clyde