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Pat Storey Newsletter (Winter 2022)

Hello to my family and friends!
I know that it has been bitterly cold and snowy for most of you, but when you get tired of freezing and shoveling, come down to visit me!!  Lately though, it has been in the 30’s and 40’s in the morning here, which is very cold for these southerners. 

I have had the great privilege of leading a study on the book of Ruth during our morning chapel the past couple of weeks. I have to say that, even though I’m not super comfortable being in front of people like that, it has been fun putting in the extra study and hearing the discussion about Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, the kinsman redeemer. It never ceases to amaze me every time I read the Bible, especially the Old Testament stories, to see how God can be so real and care about us as individuals. While He is caring for us, He is also setting things up so that His plan works out and prophecies are fulfilled!  And not only that, but at the same time, He is showing a perfect picture of His redemption of those who will just believe!  God is so good!!!!

Things at Teen Missions are going very well.  We have about 200 people signed up for our 2022 Summer Teams and cannot wait for the summer to arrive.  Our Retreat Center is busy at this time of year, so we all pitch in to help cook meals for the people who rent our facilities.  I have been busy auditing the finances from our overseas bases and am still enjoying that part of my job.  Right now, we have several winter volunteers here who are doing many odd jobs that will help us get items ready to take to our overseas bases this summer.  They do such a great job, and we are all very thankful for them.

Our annual Mud Run is coming up on May 7th this year. We are planning an Alumni Weekend at the same time, which should be a fun time for our Former Team Members and leaders to reminisce about their time at TMI.  

On February 1, I will travel to Honduras with Richard & Gina Barber, our president and his wife, where we will hold another summit.  We will spend a couple of weeks training, visiting our Honduras bases and talking to some people who may provide opportunities to open new TMI bases in some other Central and South American countries.  How exciting is that!?  I’m very much looking forward to the trip. 

Another summit is currently being planned for our Asian bases in August after our summer teams are finished and have gone home. It is so good to stay in touch with all of our people working all around the world.  We are still having monthly zoom meetings with each base, but when we can meet face-to-face, it is just so much better and a huge blessing and encouragement to all of us.

I was able to see my kids and grandkids last October and November.  It’s always so much fun when there is time to spend with them.  They are all doing very well and growing up way too fast. My oldest granddaughter, Abby, graduates from high school this year!  Oh my goodness, that’s hard to believe.  We are all so proud of her, though, and we know she is going to go far!

I spent Christmas just relaxing here at home and was able to get several projects finished up and some organizing done.  Mostly, though, it was nice to have some time just to relax, read some books and enjoy life at a slower pace.  New Year’s weekend was spent visiting my sister, Donna, who lives across the state from me.  It’s always good when I get the chance to see any of my family.  I miss our big family get-togethers, most of which I have had to miss since moving to Florida.

I would like to say a humongous Thank You to all of you who pray for me and the TMI staff and support me financially.  I am so grateful that I get to do this and count it a privilege each time I stop and think about the opportunities God has given me through you and your generosity.  Thank you so very much!!

Hebrews 4:16

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