Richard & Gina Barber Newsletter (Winter 2020)

Dear Friends,

Renovations

Renovations continue around the office —it looks so nice! Walls are all painted in the Finance Department and new carpet is going down. We have enough to do the Graphics Department next. A couple other offices have new floors and freshly painted walls as well—it’s amazing how encouraged the staff are just having a fresh clean area to work in. The flooring is done in the hallways, exterior doors and windows have been ordered and will be going in soon and we have ceiling tiles to put up in several rooms. The outside of our office buildings have all been painted, giving us a nice professional look and the grounds are nicely mowed and trees trimmed. 

Jon

He is here! He works on the Land Crew and has been busy with many projects including the office flooring, concrete work, cleaning the welding shop, painting and mowing. It’s good to have him here, not just because he’s our son, but he is a huge help at TMI. 

Travel

Richard’s schedule continues to fill up quickly. He and Steve Petersen just returned from Portland, Oregon  where they were meeting with people from Missions ConneXion and Student ConneXion. It has been a great outlet for Teen Missions to reach out to young people about our ministry. 

Richard and I will be making a trip to Switzerland the first of February to meet with an organization that works with Teen Missions in Indonesia. Later in February we will travel to Ohio for a missions conference and visit with friends at Mission Possible, a mission organization we have worked with in the past.

March is the Teen Missions annual Board Meeting and shortly after, Richard and Steve will once again be taking off—this time to visit some of our bases. The overseas ministries are doing well and expanding. The guys will have a chance to see the new Boot Camp in the Philippines, help our coordinator in Cambodia deal with a couple issues, stop in India and also Australia.

Teams

This year we have a total of 19 teams. South Korea and Iceland are full and our registration count is up from last year. Please pray that the Lord will raise up young people to join us this summer for a life-changing experience in missions. Our goal is to have four to five  leaders per team. We are close to that number, but in need of just a few more leaders.

Summer Plans

It looks like we will be doing some additional travel this summer. Following Boot Camp we will start traveling to visit our teams while on the field. The plan is to visit Myanmar, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Madagascar. We plan to be home just before the first group of teens leave Debrief (a few days spent together in Florida to share their experiences over the summer), so Richard has a chance to pray with the team members before they go home. 

Health

I recently saw my oncologist and she is happy with my test results. We continue to thank the Lord for His daily blessings and strength. I, Gina, want to thank everyone for your faithful prayers. As you can see, they are making a difference.

Prayer Concerns

Wisdom! For Richard as he makes decisions daily that affect lives around the world. For Gina as I continue to learn how to do my job in the Finance Department and prepare the food for the teams to take with them for the summer

Continued health

  • For Jon as he adjusts to the life of a missionary
  • The team members will grow in their walk with the Lord this summer

Overseas Ministry

We thought you would enjoy seeing just a little of what is happening around the world with Teen Missions International. 

A report from our Zambia base.

All three Boot Camps are over and we praise God for “outdoing Himself”! One hundred and eight teens gave their lives to the Lord the very first night at the Boot Camp in Ndola. Then the following nights, more young people were still responding, coming to the front for prayer. At Debrief, nearly everyone stood to ask God to take their lives, consecrating themselves to serve the Lord in this life. It reminds me of the old saying, “Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for God will last.”

After the Commissioning service on the last night of Boot Camp, the teams were off to their projects. Two teams filled one train car (50 people) and the first team arrived south of Lusaka at a mission located in Kafue. The other team journeyed on to Livingstone. They were able to see some

At Debrief, we interviewed new prospective students for Bible school. There were over 40 applicants, plus requests from the Solwezi and Mansa Boot Camps. We accepted 32 new students. The total number of BMW students is 49. Many of the new students are from the Rescue Units and have grown up in the Teen Missions ministry. It is all some of them have known. All of them have reached grade 12 and most of them testify it is because Teen Missions paid for their school fees and helped make it possible. Many of them have needs that we are looking to God to supply. One male new student, after hearing the dress code, said at the end of his interview, “All I have is one shirt”.  A staffer took him shopping and TMI bought him a modest wardrobe and is making sure he has shoes for class and for work.

Overseas Boot Camps

The following countries have been running Boot Camps. 

Three locations in  Zambia: Solwezi – 138 team members/30 leaders, Ndola – 179 team members/55 leaders  and Mansa – 90 team member/27 leaders, Australia – 44 team member/16 leaders , two locations in Honduras – La Mosquitia 27 team member/8 leaders, and Santa Cruz – 47 team member/21 leaders. We also have Boot Camps running in South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe but do not have reports yet. 

Once again thank you for your faithful prayers for us and Teen Missions International. 

Richard & Gina Barber

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