Dear Friends & Supporters,
Hello from sunny Florida! It has just begun to cool off here a little bit the last two or three days and the cooler temperatures, even though they are still near 90 degrees every day, feel so much more comfortable. I hope this finds you enjoying the fall weather and that you are healthy and happy as you serve the Lord. There is no better place to be in life than in a place where you can serve Him!
Summer in Uganda
I want to tell you about my wonderful summer team to Uganda! I was privileged, truly privileged, to go with three other leaders and 15 teenagers to Uganda this summer. Our team was a footwashing team, which means we washed the feet of the orphans who came, treated their cuts, scrapes and sometimes just held them and comforted them. Then we gave them new socks and shoes. We gave away approximately 1,000 pairs of shoes! Thank you so much to those of you who donated shoes for us to take with us. Each team member was able to take two 50# duffel bags filled with shoes, socks and medicine. That means that their own personal items had to all fit into their backpack. Yes, that is a sacrifice, but they were all more than willing to make that sacrifice so that more kids could be given shoes. Some of these kids have never had a pair of shoes. Many times the infections that come from going barefoot all the time can cause very serious problems, so being able to give shoes is a great blessing.
We travelled to all three of the Teen Missions bases in Uganda to do the footwashing project. We also did some other work projects around the base. Things like clearing a harvested maize field, pulling weeds from the banana trees and digging many holes to plant more banana trees. We also did some more gardening and some painting as well. They were hard workers and worked together very well.
Every person on the 2019 Uganda Footwashing team was a huge blessing to me personally. Every team member was searching for answers. They asked questions, listened to advice, and were very attentive during Bible studies as we learned many things together. I feel extremely privileged to get to see God work in hearts when they seek Him. I can truly say that I love each of them and pray that God is giving them the strength and wisdom they need to keep learning how to lean on Him. I just can’t say enough about this team. I would love to see them all on my team again next year!!
On the Nile
Our sightseeing this year was a boat ride on the Nile River. Since the source of the Nile, the longest river in the world, is in Jinja, where we spent much of our time, it was an easy drive. We were served a meal of goat, chicken, potatoes and salad as we enjoyed a relaxing time on the river which was certainly enjoyed by all of us.
Back at Home
As rewarding as it is to lead these teams, it is always good when we return to our homes. Please pray for us, that we will remember the lessons learned and how privileged we are here in the United States and that we will never take that for granted. Also, pray that we will never ever forget all that God has done for us.
I also had a super deputation trip this year, driving to Iowa and Pennsylvania to see my kids and grandkids. What a blessing they are to me! I got to meet up with some college friends from “way back when.” It really was great to catch up and spend a little time with them. And I got to see a couple of “newer” Teen Missions friends, too!
It was a privilege to share about my summer and Teen Missions in several churches and the Iowa Council of Christian Union. It’s always good to see those friends again as well. Thank you to all who allowed me to share with your churches.
Back to Work
It is good to be back home and settling into a routine again. I’ve been busy catching up and getting myself organized. That always seems to take a little time after a few months away and to be honest, with all of the re-organization and changes at TMI, I haven’t felt on top of things as much as I’d like this past year. Sometimes, you (at least I) have to just step back and take some time to get organized. I finally believe I’m at the point where I can be more efficient again. I’m still doing the auditing for our overseas bases’ finances and am again working to get reports to our Sunday school and Rescue Unit sponsors each month. I’m also learning to audit our overseas Boot Camp finances. It is also a blessing to be able to help our bases by helping them with their bookkeeping.
We are still shorthanded, as we have been for the last few years, so we all have a huge workload. We are praising the Lord for several people who are working to raise support. Please pray for them, too, that God would lead them to the people who will get behind them both by praying for them and supporting them financially. We need them and are very much looking forward to having them join us in the ministry here.
THANK YOU all for praying for me and for your financial support. Please know that I pray for you as well. I am so blessed to be able to work in this ministry and can’t express to you how much I appreciate each one of you. I truly believe in what we do here and am very excited to see what God is going to do this next year.
Love and prayers,
1. That my team members will lean on God for the strength and wisdom they need to continue what God started in their hearts during the summer. I believe Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
2. That those raising support will be able to join us very soon.
3. For the staff to be able to work efficiently and use our time wisely. There never seems to be enough hours in a day.