Boot Camp is well under way for us, and it has definitely been quite an experience on Team Ecuador. We have a large team consisting of 23 team members, four leaders and three leaders’ children. Our regular Boot Camp routine started early Monday morning. Everyone has been learning from the different classes and are continually encouraged to function as a team. What has been unusual so far is the cool temperatures. Because of a tropical system off the west coast of Florida, cool breezes have been a daily routine. With this system though has come the rain, some of it has been torrential downpours. Many of our team members have gotten fairly wet when in their tents.And if they haven’t gotten wet from the rain, they have definitely gotten wet from falling in the slough. Despite the wet conditions, almost all of them have been keeping a positive attitude. We really do have a good group of kids. Some are missing home and some are struggling with being on time, but they do want to improve and overcome their struggles so they can be a unified team. I believe the Lord has something awesome awaiting them during their time at Boot Camp and in Ecuador.
Please pray for the team members. Pray that they will allow the Lord to work in their lives. Pray for us as leaders that we will seek the Lord’s guidance. Thank you for allowing your child to be a part of this experience. I pray each one of them will come home from this trip with a changed heart and a passion to serve the Lord with their whole heart.
Aaron Osborn – Coming to Boot Camp was exciting for me–raising funds and getting the plane ticket. When I got here I discovered things are completely different than I was making in my mind, different though it be. It is a lot of fin, running through the O.C. and learning new things in all the classes. The heat and humidity (and mud) all builds character and I am excited about growing closer to God.
Maddison Thomason – Throughout Boot Camp thus far, there have been numerous struggles ranging from team struggles to being drained physically. I have already come a long way.. Day one was rough. I did not know a single person here. The only thoughts going through my head were going home, But the team members let me know that they were feeling the exact same way and I wasn’t alone. Soon enough, I was beginning to see the real reason I was here. God wanted me here so that I could get closer to Him and learn to really know Him. Even though some of my team has not quire realized God’s plan for them yet, we are really starting to come together and be united. I still see more obstacles waiting for us ahead, but as long as we stay on God’s road, we are safe in His hands. I couldn’t be in a better place on earth right now. Therefore, I am so thankful and gracious for this experience.