Dear Friends and Family of TMIA,
After 30 Boot Camps, thousands of lives changed, hundreds of building projects built, thousands around the world hearing the Gospel for the very first time and hundreds having received their calling; we are suspending our Boot Camp program for the time being. We have been praying about this for a very long time and it was not an easy conclusion to come to. There are many factors for this decision but the main three reasons are: the lack of Aussie staff, less attending Boot Camp and the increase in government oversight limiting volunteer programs.
Over the history of TMIA we have had so many wonderful staff. Because of their faithfulness to God’s calling and their hard work they have kept and expanded this program. God, in His wisdom moved these great servants on to their next phase of life and relationship with Him. We have missed them all and thank God for the impact they had on so many lives.
So many ask, “What now?” Well, as I mentioned we are only suspending Boot Camp for now, we are NOT closing. As we have seen in the past and now trust God for the future, there are so many possibilities. We will continue the Aids Orphans and Street Children program as it is. We will be leasing out the camp site to another group while keeping the TMIA office open for whatever God wants to do next. Rena and I will still be based out of TMIA while travelling throughout Asia and the USA, assisting the bases in Myanmar, India, Cambodia, Philippines, Mongolia, and Indonesia and who knows, we may even get to help with a new base in Bangladesh.
The rest is up to God and what He wants. The field is still white unto harvest and we still need help at the Australia base, as well as help to run programs like Motorcycle Sunday School Missions, expand Aids Orphans and Street Children program, assist with the BMW program overseas, and continue the overseas GAP year for young people. So, it is not the end but just the next phase for whatever God wants to do with those whom He has called. We are looking into new programs for 2018 like “Boots on the Ground” and GAP Year GO M.A.D. Lord willing, we are still praying and believing for a Boot Camp in 2018. Pray for us; as always, there is still a LOT of work to do and many lives to be changed.
Finally, for all those former staff, leaders and team members we thank God for each and every one of you. Keep up with your devotions, pursue God and GO M.A.D. (Make a Difference) and oh yes, “Have fun and stay out of trouble.” Continue to follow our Webpage and Facebook for more information to come and updates about the 2018/2019 Boot Camp.
Mike & Rena
Posted by Teen Missions Int’l Australia on Thursday, March 30, 2017
We are up to Day 2 of Debrief and now all the teams have finally arrived on base. Mountain series classes were kicked off last night with each team member and leader outlining their goals for Debrief.
Teams have also done presentations that enlightened the other teams as to what they did during their summer, including descriptions of the culture they went to, their work project, miracles that God performed and other exciting times during their summer. Teams used song, dance and drama as just some of the mediums to help convey to the other teams stories from their summer.
Today teams have been learning how to share about their summer when they go home, as well as how to keep the armour of God on all the time.
Please keep Debrief in your prayers as these teens and leaders learn how to MAKE A DIFFERENCE at home.
The Navajo team arrived safely today just before lunch to the Teen Missions Base. They were keen and ready for Debrief classes. Please pray that they will recover quickly from jet lag and have fun at Debrief, learning what they need in order to make an impact at home.
The Vanuatu team arrived safely to the Teen Missions Base late last night. All bags made it and the team are enjoying their time spent at Debrief so far. Please pray that they will learn the skills they need through the Debrief classes to go home and MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
The Tanzania & Cambodia teams both arrived safely yesterday afternoon to the Teen Missions Base in Tewantin, Qld. Both teams are healthy and well, all bags made it too. Please pray for these teams as they commence their Debrief classes tonight; that they will learn lots and get ready to head home at the end of the week.
The Burma team has arrived safe to the Teen Missions Base in Tewantin Qld. All of their bags made it safely too. Please pray that they will have an enjoyable and fun Debrief that gets them ready to go home and Make a Difference!
The Navajo team have been busy this week! They have had many opportunities to present the Gospel in a variety of ways. They had the chance to help out at a clothing drive run by a group of local churches on Friday & Saturday. During this drive they presented the Gospel through handing out tracts, one-on-one evangelism, doing puppet presentations and singing. During the two day drive over 1000 tracts were handed out to people who came through the doors. They also had the opportunity to share during a half-hour radio segment on the local Navajo Christian radio. They shared testimonies, discussed the spiritual climate of Australia and promoted the next Navajo Boot Camp. As well as all of this the team has been helping the Western Indian Ministries prepare for the next Navajo Boot Camp in June 2017 through digging out tent pads and holes for shower pad pillars.
Amongst all of this they also met the Vice-President of the Navajo Nation at church and had a picnic with him at Window Rock afterwards. Continue to keep them in your prayers as they bless this nation through their work and evangelism.
The Vanuatu team had the most fantastic opportunity last Friday to run a youth group night at Fresh Wota School. The team organised the whole night and planned games, devotions, and praise and worship, along with a message. They have also been continuing with the repainting work at the school. The team has been able to experience the local culture during their trip through church services and other events that they have had the opportunity to attend. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to minister through their work at Fresh Wota School.
The Burma team has had the opportunity, on top of their construction work, to be able to teach English to the orphans. This has been a great blessing to the orphans and the orphanage at large. Their bricklaying work is continuing at a steady pace and benefiting the orphanage greatly. Please pray for continued good health for this team and that their efforts for the Lord would benefit His kingdom greatly.
The Tanzania team has been making progress in their work. They are in the final stages of the sewage system construction – concrete lids have been made and are ready to be mortared in place. The first group of shower stall walls have been completed and rendering is underway. Goal posts, nets and volleyball posts have been set up by the team with the help of some Tanzanian team members, to enable sports ministry to be a reality at the Tanzania Teen Missions Base. The team also had an opportunity to head to the local town of Moshi to do some sightseeing and buy some souvenirs. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue their work and ministry in Tanzania.
The Cambodia team have been continuing brick laying classroom walls, with 3 completed walls and 4 more in progress. The weather has been hot and sunny allowing them to get lots of work done. They have had opportunities for evangelism in the local village. Please pray that they will see a harvest from this evangelism.
They are heading to Vietnam today. Pray that they will have a safe journey and fruitful time with the Vietnam church.
The team in Burma have been working hard this summer. They have been working on a new dormitory building at the orphanage, bricklaying walls and installing windows. Their aim is to have the concrete floor laid next week and focus on doing some evangelistic outreach in the local community. They also had a chance on the weekend to do some sightseeing around Yangon City. Please pray for the team, that they would continue to stay healthy and grow in the Lord.
CONCERNING THE EARTHQUAKE IN VANUATU
The team was not affected by the earthquake that was measured in Vanuatu yesterday. Here at the office we have called the team and spoken to both the leaders and the missionary and they did not even know that an earthquake had occurred. It was not an event in Vanuatu and did not even make the papers or news reports. The team has been working hard and the missionary is very pleased with how much work they have been getting done. They are in high spirits and enjoying their overseas experience.
The Vanuatu team has been working hard at Fresh Wota School. They have been assisting the school through building shelving for the store room, doing some much needed repainting of buildings and repairing plumbing leaks. They have been experiencing very wet weather and hot, humid days of up to 32C. Continue to pray for them as they serve the Lord in Vanuatu.
The Tanzania team have been working hard for the Lord! Like the Navajo team they have also been working on a shower block for the Teen Missions Tanzania base. They have been bricklaying shower stall walls, as well as working on the sewage pipe system for the showers. They have started to prepare for sport evangelism opportunities, buying soccer and volleyball equipment to use later in the trip. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue their work and outreach in Tanzania.
Work is progressing quickly in Cambodia. The weather has been hot and sunny, allowing lots of work to be done. The majority of their work time has been focused on continuing to bricklay walls for Cambodian classrooms. They have also had many evangelism opportunities from helping with church New Year celebrations, sharing the Gospel with unbelievers and presenting the Gospel through song & puppets at a local village school. They also had the opportunity to enjoy traditional Cambodian food for two meals on New Year’s Day. Continue to pray for them as they use mediums of evangelism and construction to reach out into this Asian country.
The Navajo team has been working hard in the cold. They have had many opportunities for outreach from running a church service to working at a youth camp. The majority of their building efforts have been focusing on building a new shower block on the property that is used annually for the Teen Missions Navajo Boot Camp. So far foundations have been dug and stairs have been built. The temperature has been at a high of 7C but the team has been keeping warm as they are working hard for the Lord. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to reach out into the Navajo community.
The Burma team arrived safely at the Rakhine Orphanage where they will be working over the next three weeks. They were greeted by many happy orphans that wanted to help take their bags inside. The orphanage had also prepared a meal for them. Please keep them in your prayers.
The Vanuatu team has arrived safely at Fresh Wota School. All bags arrived with them and all of the team is in good health. When they arrived they were warmly greeted by locals with decorative beads and an afternoon tea. They have started work at the school, cleaning and painting walls. Please keep them in your prayers.
The Tanzania team has had the opportunity to get started on their project for this summer. They have been making mortar and started brick laying for showers and toilets. Over the last few days they have been practising their evangelism presentations to get ready for outreach opportunities that they will have this weekend and over the next week. Please pray for them as they reach out into this African nation.
Unlike the Navajo team, the Cambodia team had a hot and humid Christmas day. They had the opportunity to do some sightseeing at Angkor Wat before getting stuck into their project. They have been working hard bricklaying classroom walls at the school. They are looking forward to an opportunity to evangelise in a nearby village this weekend as well as help out at a church event. Please keep them in your prayers.
The Navajo team was greeted Christmas morn with crisp cold air, falling snow and a covering of snow already on the ground. The temperatures have been as low as -10C but all team members and leaders are healthy and well. The team had the opportunity to attend two Christmas church services at two different local churches, one on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas morning. They have started work on various jobs around the Western Indian Ministries property. Please keep them in your prayers.
It’s that time of year again, with Boot Camp just one week away our BMW Staff and Students have been working tirelessly in preparation for this years teams, from cooking, to building, First Aid to cleaning, the group have enjoyed each moment as they seek to prepare to the best of their abilities for this years up coming adventures.
Posted by Teen Missions Int’l Australia on Saturday, December 3, 2016
Boot Camp is in full swing. Team members all survived their first night in tents…