New Zealand 6/18 12009

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.




  1. Thank you so much for these updates. The precious words from Ainsley and Daniel just melt your heart and encourage you no matter where you are in your walk with Christ. Praise be to God for the faith of these precious kids.

    We love this beautiful picture. Seeing our wonderful son, Robert, for the first time in three weeks just warmed my heart so. We are praying for all constantly and are anxious to hear how God works.

    Hi, hugs and kisses to Robert. We love you so much!!!!!!

  2. David, I want you to know We’re praying for you, your group and your family. I’m proud of you for stepping out on faith. Going out of your comfort zone is a way to see God in action. Rely on Jesus.

  3. Kia-Ora!

    Thanks to this team for caring about us Kiwis. Enjoy your time in Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud). May God bless all your work. My husband was in Christchurch last week, they are still feeling the effects of the earthquake.

    A special thanks to all the parents for letting their kids serve in this way!

    My daughter is on the Zambia water filters team.
    Sending lots of love, a Kiwi (New Zealander) living in Canada.

  4. I cried when I read Ainsley’s testimony. Praise the Lord for His goodness.

  5. Thanks so much for the wonderful update and testimonies. Beautiful picture…hello to Brianna Blanchard from her mom!

  6. Update on Ainsley Steward’s post. She may not know it yet, but the funds are literally flying on their way to TMI right now! PTL!

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