TRAVIS RUSKO AND JASON WITT ORDAINED AS MISSIONARIES
On Sunday January 3rd Jason Witt and Travis Rusko were ordained as missionaries at the West Mifflin Community Baptist Church in Pittsburgh. Several pastors, elders of the church and the Teen Quest Board of Directors have recomended these young men for ordination.
Jason has been on the full time mission staff for Teen Quest for seven years after graduating from Bible College. He, along with Chelsea, are directors of student ministries working with teens who are on our ministry team. He also runs the games and activities at the Teen Quest Ranch.
Travis has been with Teen Quest full time for four years and just recently graduated from Bible College. (He grew up in our ministry.) He along with his wife Brittany have been in charge of church marketing and rallies at the Teen Quest Ranch.
SIX STEPS TO A HAPPY HOME
- HUGS- Just as little babies need to be cuddled, children of all ages need physical expression. Even teens need frequent hugs from parents and grandparents. (not in front of their friends)
- SPEND TIME TOGETHER – Family time together is so very important. The average father spends three minutes or less a day communicating to his child. Take a day off work, go on vacations, and make it a point to block off at least an hour a day for your kids.
- HAVE FUN TIMES TOGETHER- When our sons were younger I would turn off the lights in our homeand we would play hide and seek in the dark. As your kids become older you can play more sophisticated games. Learn to laugh together and enjoy each other.
- LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN- Many children never talk to mom or dad because they just know their ideas and opinions really do not matter. Make them count and help your children be a part of decision making.
- ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN-Children learn their basic self-image from our reactions to them. Believe in your children and encourage them.
- BE COURTEOUS TO YOUR CHILDREN- I know so many parents who are rude and impolite to their children. For instance, knock before you enter their bedroom, say please and thank you, and be respectful to them.
“SNOW CAMP” IS CHANGING LIVES
Every winter from January through March hundreds of students from the Eastern Seaboard attend one of 9 weekends of Snow Camp at the Teen Quest Ranch. Students enjoy all the winter activities like snow tubing, the” Tube of Doom” (riding on the back of snowmobiles on inner tubes), ice skating, paintball, horse back riding and indoor activities from climbing walls to archery to an indoor skate park. Most importantly students will hear four dynamic messages, participate in awesome worship and be trained in practical Biblical principles.
We are expecting scores of students to invite Christ into their lives each weekend as we share with them the Word of God.
We covet your prayers for these students as we minister to them during our Snow Camp season.
HOW DO YOU COPE WITH A SELF CENTERED CHILD?
Teens are naturally self-centered. Girls and guys are experiencing so many changes in their bodies and emotions that they become pre-occupied with themselves. Divorce, media, peer pressure, and school pressures also play a part in self-centeredness. Let’s face, it we live in a self-centered world.
Parents need to realize that this is a somewhat temporary happening in your teen’s life. As he goes through these changes you also have the responsibility of teaching him compassion for others.
The number one point that you need to convey to your teen is that God loves him, and you love him just the way his is. Remind him that the physical and emotional changes taking place in his life will one day dwindle away.
Reinforce the fact that you and God love him for who he is.
WHAT CRITERIA SHOULD WE USE TO SUPPORT MISSIONARIES AT HOME AND ABROAD?
Every one of us receives scores of financial appeals from Christian organizations and missionaries from around the country and world on a regular basis. What criteria should we use to support missionaries around the world? Here is a prayerful guideline.
- Does the mission you support believe and follow God’s Word? Are they involved in liberal causes that are not Biblically based? Are they afraid to take a stand against sin? (2 Tim 3:5 – “…having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”)
- Does the mission win souls for Christ or are they into the social gospel? The passion of the mission organization must be to reach the lost, build them up in the faith and send them out to do the work of the Lord.
- Is the mission organization financially accountable to its supporters? Do they send out receipts and tell how the money is being used? Are their finances audited yearly? Do they have godly men and women on their board of directors?
- Does the staff live by faith and prayer or do they depend on man’s wisdom to sustain them?
Since beginning Teen Quest 34 years ago we have committed our mission to be Biblically clear, evangelistic in nature, and financially accountable. Our staff raises their own support and lives on faith through prayer. God is the source of the stability of this mission and he moves godly people to pray and give to our work as He sees fit.
COME AND VISIT US AT THE TEEN QUEST RANCH IN SOMERSET COUNTY
Since 2001 Teen Quest has been building the Teen Quest Ranch in beautiful Somerset County. We have been remodeling, repairing, and building the Ranch so many teenagers may come and hear about Jesus.
We would love to give you a grand tour of what God has been doing at the Teen Quest Ranch.
Why not give us a call and we will give you a tour of the Ranch along with a great time of fellowship. Call 814-444-9500 and tell us when you can come.
TEEN QUEST MINISTRY NEEDS
Lots of folks cannot send financial support or volunteer time during these tough economic times. One may donate items they do not need anymore or volunteer to help us with several projects. Items considered “Gifts in Kind” can be tax-deductible and even your travel expenses can be deducted from your taxes.
- Shovels, pitch fork and small tools
- Table saw , jig saw, band saw, planer
- Tractor with front loader
- Large inner tubes
- Computers (Xp)
- Golf balls
VOLUNTEERS TO HELP
- Paint the barn
- Trim work on cabins
- Inside building projects for barn
- Inside painting walls and ceiling
- Weekend cooks and helpers
- Folks to help in the office