Wow! It’s amazing how time flies! Boot Camp is over (and the Big Tops all taken down). Commissioning was last night and it was a very moving service, as always, and the team thoroughly enjoyed their pizza party that was accompanied by lots of goodies. We made it through pack-out today and all the team’s hiking backpacks are condensed and ready to go. They are each allowed to bring 30 pounds of personal items (though we encourage to bring under the weight limit since they will be carrying everything they bring on their back!). The last duffel is almost tied up and then we’ll be loading the bus tomorrow (Monday) morning at 11, eating lunch, showering (yes, with real running water!) and they getting on the bus to go to Orlando airport. Our flight leaves around 8 pm so that will give us some time to check in, get some McDonalds, and call home. Needless to say, the team is VERY excited! We are already preparing our hearts for ministry in the airport as we are planning to evangelize around the gates. Just because we are going to minister in Italy doesn’t mean we can’t start now! We praise the Lord for everything He is doing and we are eagerly awaiting the amazing things He is going to do this summer. Well, that is all for now. Our next report will be sent from Italy!
Deke Pierce: Written on July 7. “Boot Camp is almost over! This has really been one of the most difficult experiences of my life, but somehow I’ve enjoyed it. The difficult things were the mosquitoes, the bucket showers, the sleeping arrangements (tents and waking up at 5:30), and not having any air conditioning. But I have loved getting to know all of these people on my team and I can already tell that many of us will continue to be friends for the rest of our lives. Go Italy!”
Jasmin Booker: Written on July 7. “Boot Camp went by so quickly! It seems like we all arrived just yesterday. Our team gets along pretty well and I’ve enjoyed getting to know everyone more and more each day. While at Boot Camp, I learned a lot about evangelism through drama, puppets, music, and most importantly, one-on-one evangelism. The classes were really helpful I’ve grown as a Christian through some of the classes and from evening rally too. Just being separated from media at a place where God is the center focus helps in growing closer to God! I definitely feel prepared for the mission field! I’m very excited to leave for Italy on Monday and put all I’ve learned to use.