The leaders of South Sudan are Harold and Patty Arvidson. Patty was born of missionary parents in Nigeria and lived most of her first 13 years in Nigeria. Harold and Patty were missionaries in Northern Sudan from 1993 until 2002. Harold can speak the national language, Arabic. They also lived and worked in Nigeria form 2005 – 2008. Harold and Patty volunteered to lead this team because of their dear love for the Sudanese people.
The team continues to daily prepare their construction and evangelistic skills. Abram Neuman describes his experience: “Before I came to Boot Camp, I was told all sorts of horror stories about Boot Camp. Those stories were true, but they left out the best parts of Boot Camp: the great people, the opportunity to learn and the ability to focus fully on God.”
Spiritual grown towards God is the most important aspect of Boot Camp. Bekah Boettcher describes this part of her experience: “These past couple of days, I have learned that God is always with you even when it is hard. he is still holding your hand and you really can do anything with the power of God.”
The weather has been pleasant with highs in the 80’s during the day and in the 70’s at night. The team received the “Godliness Award” on Saturday for honest action of one team member. The reward, a very special one at Boot Camp, was to swim in the pool.