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Mike and Hannah Blair Newsletter (Fall 2023)

Dear Ministry Partners,

We had the privilege of seeing God grow and build the body of Christ this summer. As you know, Hannah and I led 21 teens with three other leaders and our four younger kids on a mission trip to Iceland. Our team worked really well and with the joy of the Lord. They were an absolute blessing to our host church. We were able to make significant progress on the building and camp that the church owns. The long-term vision of the church in Iceland is to be able to use the large building and camp for ministry outreach throughout the year. Though the Gospel has been in Iceland for a thousand years, most Icelanders are not interested in spiritual things, and they do not recognize their spiritual need for salvation from Jesus. But the small, faithful church has been praying for revival to come to their country. The believers there were very encouraged by the work that our team members were able to accomplish. Seeing these students willing to serve Jesus for six weeks of their summer break truly blessed the hearts of our brothers and sisters whom we labored with while we were there. 

Our team also had the opportunity to engage in evangelism while we were in Iceland.
Using singing, puppets, drama, personal testimonies and the simple preaching of the Gospel, our team was able to minister in a number of open-air settings. One of these opportunities took place in front of a larger crowd of tourists in the capital city of Reykjavík. On a beautiful Saturday morning our team gathered in front of a church courtyard and began our presentation. Almost as soon as we started singing, the tourists who were there stopped taking pictures of the church and started taking pictures of us. It was quite funny to be considered a “tourist attraction”, but if that’s how God wanted to use us to get their attention then we were happy to do it. We also had an opportunity to share our presentation in some parks. The attendance at these locations was small, but we had some encouraging interactions with some of the kids who watched us. On one occasion, at a park in Westman Island (an island community not far from the mainland), a couple of preteen girls who saw our presentation joined us for a church service the following day. 

We want to encourage you with these words from the apostle Paul
(found in his letter to the Philippians); 

 “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  

If you are reading this letter, it is likely that you have partnered with us through prayer, financial support or both.
We want you to know that God used your obedience to allow us to see first-hand amazing unity in the international body of Christ. God has promised to remember your faithfulness to Him through our ministry. And He has deposited more treasure into your heavenly bank account as a result. 

Since coming back home in August, our family has had a joyful and encouraging transition into our late summer/fall routine.
After spending a week up north, I have been busy setting up promotions/ministry opportunities at schools, churches and conferences. Hannah has been engaged with various ministry opportunities, 

including hosting a Bible study over Zoom with some of our former team members. The kids have been busy getting back into their homeschool routine. We have all been enjoying the fabulous weather that normally accompanies this season in Michigan. 

As some of you know, our *new* oldest daughter Tebah (“new” because she has recently been grafted into our family, “oldest” because she is, in fact, the oldest) and her son, Malcham, went back to Iraq in mid August. They have had a happy reunion with Mohammed (husband and Dad), and they are still hoping to move here permanently in the next six months. Hannah is planning to visit them in October (8-14). Please pray that the trip will go well and that our daughter and her family will be greatly encouraged by Hannah’s visit. And kindly remember me in your prayers, as I will be in charge of all the cooking the week that Hannah is gone (in a moment of smart inspiration, I have already delegated 95% of the cooking responsibilities to my second-born, Zipporah. Let’s just say that when faced with the prospect of being at the mercy of whatever meal plan I came up with, the decision for her take on this additional responsibility was not difficult.) 

Here are some praises that we invite you to celebrate with us:

That God used 191 high school and middle school students to join with Teen Missions in His harvest among the nations this summer.

That God brought all of the team members, leaders and volunteers home safely from the 10 summer mission teams that were sent out 

That God has answered our prayers for our children; that we have been able to witness each of them grow in their relationship with Jesus

Here are some prayer requests that we invite you to lift up with us:

Pray that God will give me an effective challenge to present to students which will encourage them to serve Jesus with Teen Missions during their spring and summer breaks.

Please ask God to produce fruit for His kingdom through the various ministries that our family is involved in during the school year (Kid’s Life, Awana, The Pointe youth group, discipleship opportunities).

Pray that God will provide us with an opportunity to expand our house or move into a bigger house. This is in part so that Tebah and her family can live with us when they move to the US.

May you continue to experience the presence of Jesus in your lives. May you grow in your love for the Lord and for one another in the coming season.

In Jesus,

Mike, Hannah and all the kids