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Jon Barber Newsletter (Fall 2020)

I keep thinking about what I can share with you about my ministry in Florida. I wasn’t able to lead a team and that is the main reason we are all here. No stories about team members’ lives being changed or God’s hand at work as we travel or serve others. What is there to share? 

Even though we didn’t have the chance to lead teams this year, we had plenty of work to keep us busy. And time to do it. The deck at the Eve Lodge needed some attention. We took it down and rebuilt a new deck; it looks pretty nice. 

Eve Deck that was redoneOf course, mowing is always on the list of things to do. With the heat and the rain, it can be really hard to keep up with. This year we have been able to keep it mowed and the grounds are looking very nice. Even the few visitors we have had have commented on how nice it looks. 

It seems like there is always work to do in the shop. With outside work, something is always breaking down or just needs a tune up.  We also have various vehicles to maintain. Oil to change, flat tires to fix or replace—it keeps us busy. We have the tractor/mower in the shop and the Bobcat too. The parts for the Bobcat are ordered and it will soon be ready for use. We hope to get the mower out soon; it has been a bit of a challenge, but it’s coming along. 

We continue to “clean” around the property.  Lots of stuff has been collected throughout the years and we keep finding more stashed here and there. It takes a lot of time to go through things—what to keep, what to give away, what to sell or throw away. 

New TrailersTeen Missions recently purchased three new trailers. Years ago, they built a street with nice- size lots to put trailers on for staff housing. Anyway, we have the three new trailers and we have been putting in sod and plants. We put skirting on each house and steps were also built for the front and back doors. We are now waiting for the final inspection and people can start moving in. They look pretty nice. 

So, it has been a busy summer, but I hope next year will be a normal year and we can lead teams again. We were busy, but I miss spending time on the field and with the teens. As I said, that’s why we are all here. I really enjoy getting to know the team members and working with them; having the chance to meet and share in the lives of teens is a blessing. Hopefully, they will go home and have a positive influence on their friends and neighbors. We build buildings for our projects, but we are also pouring into the teens, and hopefully their relationship with Christ will grow as well. I know mine does. 

I have now been at Teen Missions for one year. When I came, I had the minimum amount of money pledged. I am very thankful for those who are supporting me, but not all of the pledges came in. I am about $600 short of what I need to be on staff. I am living with my parents, so that helps because I don’t have the bills of an apartment or house. It is still pretty tight living though. Please consider if the Lord would have you support me financially. People don’t realize that even $10 a month adds up quickly when there are several people willing to help. Any amount you feel led to give is appreciated. 

Your prayers are also appreciated. I know that a lot of the things I do or go through, I’m only able to do because I have people praying for me. Thank you very much.


Jon Barber