As of Sunday, June 17, we have only seven more days! Our team has continued to mold well. Our first real work project was a small roofing project on the new Bush Sunday School. We installed beams from Australian Pines on one half of the building and covered them with two alternate layers of palm frons. We were even pulled from our normal daily duties to complete this project. We are all hoping the Super Boot Camp crew will continue to work on it so we can see the completed church during Boot Camp or when we return for Debrief. Thank you Mr. Vanderpool for the training!
The weather—are you kidding???? AWESOME!
Ainsley Stewart – Being a former team member (FTM), I thought I’d be completely prepared for Boot Camp this year. However, I never prepared myself for the possibility of not having all my funds in time. But, unfortunately, this was the case when I arrived on the first day. My low spirits were lowered even more as uncertainty and humiliation arose. After the second night of struggling to sleep and worrying about the money, I was more than ready to go home. So, I asked my leaders for prayer. I had been avoiding prayer and support from others because I didn’t have any faith and I knew my motives were completely selfish. But after my leader and I discussed God’s plan for me and the need of the people in New Zealand, I started to again feel what I first felt when I signed up for the team. I admitted to the Lord that I was willing for any possibility and suddenly, everything seemed to change—the weather, the OC (Obstacle Course), support from my team, but most important, my heart and attitude. I have learned that no matter how prepared I think I am, I always need to depend on God.
Daniel Shields – In the week that I have been at Boot Camp, I have discovered many things about myself and others. Much of it is just the fact that I have grown so much in the Lord. When I first got here, I was one of the ones who thought, “I don’t know if I belong here.” I thought this was going to be one of the worst experiences ever. But God has changed my heart and showed me that EVERYONE on my team was someone I could lean on. After that, I had no problem believing that God has a plan for me.