We have been here at The Lord’s Boot Camp for a full week now and the Kilimanjaro Backpack team is excited for the coming days as the Lord has already proven Himself faithful. Our team of 26 team members enjoyed the Missions Conference weekend which included Boot Camp Olympics! Various relay races and other competitions were included as each of the team members participated and bonded as a team. We also attended classes on how to reach Muslims, the homeless, children and our neighbors for Christ.
God is continually showing His wonderful strength to us as we train for the field by carrying our hiking backpacks around Boot Camp at a quick pace. As classes have begun, we look forward to what we will learn: from digging to block laying, puppets to steel tying and dramas to evangelism.
Please pray that the Lord will shine His marvelous light from each and every person on the JARO team! Pray for the leaders too!
Clare Cook – Since I arrived here, Boot Camp has definitely offered mixed joys and challenges. Sleeping in a hot tent, quick watk up calls and wet feet take some getting used to. However, I find Boot Camp to be a mostly wonderful experience. It was so inspiring to hear the testimonies of missionaries during the Missions Conference. Now that actual classes have started, I am highly benefitting from classes in basic construction, phonics, music and even learning songs in Swahili! The Obstacle Course is also a fun chance to learn teamwork while getting a little exercise. All of this is made possible by incredible team members and leaders who are always ready to encourage and lend a hand. Finally, personal devotions, memory verses, and singing praise songs keep me focused on what Teen Missions is really all about. All in all, I am having a great time at the Lord’s Boot Camp.
Savannah Stiegler – Here at Boot Camp, we learn teamwork, speed, strength, and that we cannot do everything by ourselves. We learn that God will always be there. We meet many new people with the same faith in Jesus. We learn what it really means to struggle. It can be something as simple as walking in a single file line with no gaps. It can be something a little bit harder like passing the Slough Of Despond or climbing Jacob’s Ladder. Whatever it may be, you are not alone. That is what we learn. Boot Camp has already made me stronger. I smile even when I am soaking wet. I am already good friends with my teammates and others I have met at Boot Camp. It is crazy to think that two weeks ago, I was dreading this place and now I am embracing it. Boot Camp has taught me that things are not always what they seem and God is NEVER what He seems—He is so much more. In short, Hebrews 12:12-15.