Our 15-year-old daughter Madison is doing well in New York City. She is there for the month of July serving as an MTW cross-cultural intern and helping to train 30 new missionaries as they prepare to leave for the field.
Each morning this past week Madison has been working at a church in Queens. She and the other interns are planning a vacation bible school for a large group of multi-ethnic kids. The VBS begins this Sunday and runs each day this coming week. Madison will work with the younger kids.
In the afternoons Madison has been mentoring three, 7-9 year old kids who are about to leave for the mission field. Madison has been taking them through a study on cross-cultural experiences and has been sharing with them from her life. The three kids and their families are about to leave to serve in South Africa, Greece and Japan. It is exciting knowing that by serving these kids Madison is impacting future mission work on three continents.
Friday night Mike and Ashley Troxell arrived in La Ceiba. The Troxells are our teammates who are currently studying Spanish in Costa Rica. They are here for ten days to help us with our next short-term mission team. The team, which arrives on Sunday, is from their home church Covenant Community Church of Scottsdale, AZ.
As many of you know there are currently four adults on MTW’s team here in La Ceiba – the Pettengills and the McCanns. But, what you may not be aware of is that we have six more adults joining our team in the near future.
John and Kathy Clow, and their four kids, are experienced MTW missionaries who served almost four years in Mexico. They have attended language school and all their training. They are currently in Georgia raising the final little bit of support they need to be here. They will be joining us as career missionaries.
Shannon Innes is a gal from Cary, North Carolina. She is currently going through her training and has already raised 60% of her financial support. In January she leaves for a month of training in Belgium. After she raises her final bit of support she will attend language school in Costa Rica for a spell. Shannon will be joining us for at least two years. Shannon currently works at her church.
Mike and Ashley Troxell are a couple from Scottsdale, Arizona. They have just started their training and will begin raising support in January. After a stint at language school in Costa Rica the Troxells will be joining us for at least two years. The Troxells spent a week here in La Ceiba with us as short-term missionaries this past summer.
Bethany Russell is a gal from Cresaptown, Maryland. She just started her training and will begin raising support in January. After some tom in Costa Rica she will be joining us for at least two years. She has spent much of her life preparing for the mission field.
All six of these new teammates still must raise financial support and four of them still have MTW’s training and language school to attend. You are welcome to follow them all on their blogs. Please be in regular prayer for all of our new teammates.