Greetings to all the parents of the Montana team. We are blessed and privileged to have your teens on our team. We, as leaders, already know that God is going to do great things through them all. Over the past couple of days, there has been some rain. It does make things a bit wet but at least the weather has been cooler. We, as Teen Missions’ leaders, like to think of Boot Camp as a place where teens come and get their lives changed for the better. We love the young people and our prayers are that they grow in the Lord.
Montana — 12030 (6/28/12)
We start off the morning by running the Obstacle Course which has many different things like climbing a wall and swinging on a rope across the water. At 7:30 .am. we have devotions. During this time the team will get a chance to have one-on-one time with God. After that we have two hours of Bible classes followed by free time then bath and laundry time. After lunch, we have a series of classes like music, puppets, block laying and drama. After dinner we have our evening rally which includes worship and we have a speaker that comes and shares every night. That’s that time where God really speaks to the teens.
We thank you once again for allowing your kids to come here. We care about them and will be sure to put their lives ahead of our own. I’m excited to see how God’s going to use them to bless the people in Montana.
David Wass – When I first got here, I was like “Oh, this isn’t so bad” but then it hit me. I was away from home, my parent’s weren’t here and I didn’t get to say good-bye to them. I started to cry, I was homesick. I wanted to go home. I thought if I kept demanding to go home, they would send me home. Or, maybe I could get myself into trouble and then they would send me home. All I wanted to do was quit. But even though I missed my family, God brought me here, He had a purpose for me. God comforted me when I asked for it. He blessed me with those on my team and they started praying for me even though I didn’t know them. My team encouraged me, they lifted me up. I realized that I had my family right here with me. My team members loved me and cared for me. Even though they weren’t my physical family they were sent by God to comfort me, they were my family in Christ. I found in the Bible a passage that strengthened me and comforted me. Psalm 32:8-11 “The Lord says I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey Him. Shout for joy all those whose hearts are pure.” The Lord is there for us, He comforts us. But instead of focusing on ourselves, try to encourage others and you yourself will find comfort or just simply ask for comfort for He knows what we need.
Samantha Helminger – When I first arrived at Boot Camp, I was in utter shock of how much more rugged than I thought it was going to be. My first thought was, “God, why on earth did you send me here?” I was quite angry with God for doing such a thing to me. I started to realize that the world didn’t revolve around me anymore pretty quickly. I started to appreciate how much my family had really done for me after all. I felt like I was trapped in a horrible nightmare that could get out of. After a few days of being here, I started to have a change of heart. While I’ve been here, I realized that something in my heart seriously needed changed and quick and I couldn’t feel my heart beat for God anymore. It made me feel like a bad Christian, even though I had been saved before. I have been quite homesick since I’ve been here, but God has shown me how to trust in Him even more. And even though He’d shown me that I knew that I still needed my heart changed. The last few nights when they had people go up on the stage, I felt God calling me up there to be forgiven, but I refused HIm. I felt sick to my stomach for disobeying God. So the other night when they were calling people up again, I felt God tugging at me heart again. I knew I had to obey this time. Finally, I caved in and when up to give my heart back to God and I am so thankful that I did. I love God with all my heart and soul and I NEVER want to turn from Him or even be distant from Him.