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Hello from “sunny" Indiana,

That’s right, the conditions here in the Midwest have been quite spring-Iike recently. As a matter of fact, today I went rollerblading with my sister in the bright sunshine and 48 degree temperatures outside. So, even though I haven't been able to cross country ski yet I am excited about the work I’m doing here in order to return to Florida to begin my work as a missionary for high school students.

National Convention

As I mentioned in my January letter, I was able to attend the 1997 Great Commission Ministries National Convention in Columbus, Ohio after Christmas. One of the teens from Orlando was so powerfully impacted by what he learned at the convention that he decided to take his bible to boarding school to fulfill his commitment to having daily devotionals.

To give you a sense of the late night activities provided for the 350 teens at the National Convention, I'll describe two of the very fun and entertaining events. First, participants were holding a small candle in one hand and a voice commanded squirt gun in the other. The object was to extinguish the opponents’ candle who sat about 5 feet away. Another was a group relay activity where the balloons had to be popped without using their hands. These events provided many laughs and good team building.

The last night of the convention provided the teens with an opportunity to display their "talent” for one another. Many sang or played instruments. The song and music writing ability these high schoolers was quite impressive.

During the convention all participants were required to wear a nylon paper type bracelet for admittance into the seminars, large group meetings and praise & worship times. An Orlando teen returned home with a personal mission to not remove the convention bracelet from his wrist. When asked why he wouldn't remove the bracelet he replied, "I don’t want to forget all that God taught me. It's also a reminder of the commitment I made to the Lord during the convention regarding my personal faith."

Orlando High School Ministry

I am blessed to be working with a wonderful group of people reaching out to the high school youth in Orlando, Florida through Great Commission Ministries. As Jesus said in Matthew, "The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few." I am very fortunate to be laboring with a committed and devoted group of people.

Continual Step in Ministry

The process of raising financial support in order to be a full-time missionary for youth with Great Commission Ministries has been an exciting experience so far. It has been a joy to share with others the vision God has given me to reach out to high school students.

In addition, I have enjoyed being based out of my parent’s home during this part of the process. Spending time with my family has always been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Therefore, this is a very rewarding time to be with my parents, as well as close to my older sister, brother -in-law, and two nieces who live only 15 minutes away. My younger brother, sister-in-law, nephew and niece are not too far away. They live in Indianapolis which is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Angola.

I hope all is well with you. Thank you for your continued prayers. May God bless you.

Serving Christ in Love,

"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." - Proverbs 16:3