Thank You Letter from Alumnus

Just recently, the following letter showed up in my mailbox.  What a wonderful surprise!  Sherry, a Teen Mania Alumnus from the 1990’s took the time to write and share the impact Teen Mania had and continues to have on her life, marriage, teenage children going on Global Expedition trips, call to the mission field and the beginning of orphanages in Nepal and the Philippines.  It blesses my heart to know God is continuing to change nations from the vision birthed in our hearts nearly 3 decades ago.

As we continue to do all we can to spark teens to live their lives for Christ and change the world, I am even more resolved to do my small part and let Him do the rest!!!  Read more about Sherry and her family’s life on the mission field below.  You will be encouraged by God’s faithfulness.

Dear Ron Luce,

This is actually the second letter I have written to you. I wrote a letter to you 17 years ago, asking you to send a Teen Mania team to Nepal, where my husband and I were serving as missionaries with YWAM, and someone from Teen Mania wrote me back and the first team from Teen Mania to Nepal was sent out to work with us the following year. My oldest daughter had just been born in Nepal a month before the team arrived. She is now 16 years old, and just left today to go to Haiti with Global Expeditions. My 13-year old daughter left yesterday to go to Peru with Global Expeditions.

I went with Teen Mania twice, when I was 20 and 21 years old, and served as a Missionary Adviser. After graduating from CFNI, I joined YWAM and have been serving with them for over 18 years – 1 year in the US, 8 years in Nepal and 9 years in the Philippines.  I met my husband on the mission field in Nepal and he is a Filipino. We now have 3 beautiful daughters who love Jesus. We were able to start an orphanage in Nepal and also in the Philippines. I am currently the director of Destiny’s Promise Home for Children and we have rescued over 65 children in the last 3 1/2 years and finished building a 3-story orphanage (in the Philippines). My husband runs the SEED Project Asia, a ministry that has trained thousands of church planters throughout Asia over the last 14 years in livelihood projects that help sustain their ministries and give them new opportunities to share the Gospel in unreached people groups throughout Asia.

I wanted to write to thank you for the impact that you and your organization had on my life when I was a youth. It was because of Teen Mania that I am on the mission field. It was during my first trip with Teen Mania that I learned about unreached people groups and knew the Lord was calling me to reach those who have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel. It was also because of Teen Mania that I ended up marrying the man I did.  It was on my first missions trip with Teen Mania that I heard a teaching about not dating, but “waiting” on God to let Him lead me to the right person to marry. I made a commitment that summer to stop dating and just wait for the Lord to speak to me when the right person came along. Two years later, the Lord spoke to the man who would become my husband and I on the same morning during our quiet times that we were going to marry and we will celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary this week.

My 2 teenage daughters and I love to watch the ATF videos online in the Philippines. I just wanted to let you know the impact you have had on my life and thank you for everything that you do. I was married in a church in Michigan called Jackson Church of God, and they just got a new pastor a few months ago named Jim Morrison. He said that he helped to start Teen Mania with you back in the 80′s after he graduated from CFNI. I don’t know if you remember him or not since it was almost 30 years ago, but I thought it was so amazing to meet him and share with him the impact that Teen Mania had on my life.

I look forward to meeting you and your wife one day, whether on earth or in heaven, to personally thank you, as well as all of those who work at Teen Mania, for their hard work and let them know that there are so many people out there that you have impacted like myself that you may not even be aware of who have taken the lessons you have taught and live out every day and allowed those lessons to change their lives and impact the nations for Christ.

God Bless you and all those who are working with Teen Mania Ministries!!! I have put links below to our websites and videos if you would like to know more about who we are and what we are doing in Asia. If you find time to watch the videos (they are between 1-3 minutes in length), please keep in mind that it is because of you and Teen Mania that these ministries are existing today. So thank you again!!!!

Blessings,

Sherry Asprec

TY Letter Alumni Sherry Asprec

www.destinyspromise.org

www.asiaseedproject.org

Destiny’s Promise: https://vimeo.com/96753626

Agaton’s Story: https://vimeo.com/95441984

Kimberly’s Story: https://vimeo.com/95441985

SEED: https://vimeo.com/96251279

 

It is a blessing to receive testimonies from those who have been impacted by Teen Mania Ministries.  After 28 years in ministry, we are fortunate to be positively influencing two generations of World Changers! Do you have a story of how your life has been impacted by Teen Mania? If so, we would love to hear it!

Email: development@teenmania.org.

Ron Luce Goes to Guatemala After 25 Years!

Did you know that Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions actually began in Guatemala?
In 1987 my wife Katie and I led our very first group of teenagers onto the mission field of Guatemala, believing their eyes would be opened to the deep need for God’s Word to be shared in other cultures the same way we had witnessed on our own 6-month trip all around the world just a short time before that.
We could never have guessed that this first trip with 60 teenagers would be the starting point for Global Expeditions and that after 25 years we would see over 67,000 missionaries make a difference in more than 69 different countries.
Guatemala is special to me because it’s where this all really started.  Global Expeditions has sent other leaders and other missionaries to Guatemala since that first trip, but Katie and I have not had the opportunity to return…until now.
This summer, we are excited to lead another trip to the birthplace of Global Expeditions and we’d like to extend you a personal invitation to come with us.

Baby Steps of Change

It’s been said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, I know this to be false. As a matter of fact, this mindset does nothing but keep you imprisoned. It saps your desire to pursue permanent change in your life in Christ. We basically say that our problems are too big.

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Global Expeditions: Village Campaign – Update!

Global Expeditions: Village Campaign – Click To See the Update!
We want to thank you for what has been given so far! Your heart for leaving a legacy for our future missionaries is overwhelming. Click to see an update of our progress so far from Emmie Harper, Director of Global Expeditions.

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Global Expeditions: Village Campaign – Update!

Global Expeditions: Village Campaign – Click To See the Update!
We want to thank you for what has been given so far! Your heart for leaving a legacy for our future missionaries is overwhelming. Click to see an update of our progress so far from Emmie Harper, Director of Global Expeditions.

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Camping in Africa – Africa:Hope

AFRICA:HOPE – CLICK TO WATCH HOW G.E. WILL REMEMBER AFRICA IN APRIL
Can we go camping?
A fairly simple question, yet how serious and divisive it became at my house growing up.  The mere mention of the word “camping” would evoke an icy look of pure horror from my mother as she contemplated days in the wilderness—days spent entirely without electricity in its various forms (hot water, ovens, hairdryers, etc.) and accompanied by insects of indeterminable size and number (that was undoubtedly the worst part).

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Camping in Africa – Africa:Hope

AFRICA:HOPE – CLICK TO WATCH HOW G.E. WILL REMEMBER AFRICA IN APRIL
Can we go camping?
A fairly simple question, yet how serious and divisive it became at my house growing up.  The mere mention of the word “camping” would evoke an icy look of pure horror from my mother as she contemplated days in the wilderness—days spent entirely without electricity in its various forms (hot water, ovens, hairdryers, etc.) and accompanied by insects of indeterminable size and number (that was undoubtedly the worst part).

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I’d like a venti iced skinny no-whip pumpkin spice latte with…

I’ve never quite caught on to the whole Starbucks thing—perhaps because my self-control (or lack thereof) is such that any drink which tastes like liquid candy is gone so rapidly that the price seems higher than I can justify.
But it does make me think.  Have you noticed that holding a Starbucks cup (especially the clear ones with a green straw attached) has become almost an article of clothing?  It’s like we get up in the morning, put on our clothes, add whatever accessories we want, and then pick up the Starbucks cup as the final touch.  And from the point of picking it up, it does not leave our hands for the remainder of the day.
Personally, my beverage of choice is Diet Coke.

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“We Died Before We Came Here.”

When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.” To that, Calvert replied, “We died before we came here.”
-David Augsburger, Sticking My Neck Out
When I read this quote, to be honest, I didn’t know who this man was. Afterwards I thought, “I would have loved to have been able to meet him and see what kind of man could inspire others to lay down their lives for the cause of Christ.”  I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but reflect on my own life and wonder if what I’m doing inspires people to follow, disciple and ultimately surrender everything for Jesus Christ.

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Action Is Our Response to Injustice

Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions will be spending the month of April challenging our friends, family, staff and readers from all over the world to bring action to awareness. Action is OUR response to injustice. We are challenging it to be yours. We will be posting blogs with weekly challenges to boldly proclaim, I will not just be aware. I will act.

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