We as leaders continue to be so impressed by the gifts God has placed in each member of our team. As I’m standing in Drama class while our team performs “The Cage”, a wordless drama that can be used in any country despite the language barriers we face, I watch in awe as our team members deliver a message of freedom. Who know how talented Micah Paulec was in Drama class? Our guys have shown an amazing interest in this type of ministry. Brendan Calloway even described drama as his favorite class. We are also blessed on our team with many other beautiful qualities. All of our girls are quick to grab a cup and help someone rinse their hair after shampooing. Not only do we work together on the Obstacle Course, but in the small things as well, like laundry. Our team has done an excellent job in learning a song in Austroasiatic to perform once we get to India. We are also impressed with the leadership Felicia Branstettar has shown as our Choir director for music class. She also holds the spot of “Run from the Devil” MVP! Our team has won the pool several times this week for their Brainstorming ideas and for receiving the godliness award. Abigail Shelly led our team to a Brainstorming victory with her t-shirt idea “Keep Calm & Count Off”. We received the godliness award for helping the younger Boot Camp participants, “the Peanuts” get buckets of water for bathing. Parents-thank you so much for allowing your children to be such a blessing to our team. I know each child on our team appreciates mail call time because they know encouragement and support will be coming from home. From Danielle Starmer’s perfectionist attitude in block laying to Gabe Fuhrman’s servant’s heart full of joy to Savannah Totey’s humble spirit, it’s never difficult to find things to praise God for our team members! Pray for our team to endure these last few days of Boot Camp and to keep their eyes on the Lord, our purpose for being here.
Elise Kliewer – The first thing I thought when I got here was, “It’s hot and I’m super sweaty. What did I get my myself into?” My sister and mom’s stories didn’t even cut it. Within the first day I cried six times. I said, “I can’t do this .” I was overwhelmed but with the help of my teammates I kept going. I was still really down and being a complainer. I didn’t like my attitude but I felt I couldn’t change it. So within a couple of days I was called to the front twice sobbing, and I knew I had to trust that He had a plan for me. I got a letter from my mom and within it were the words I needed , “ you are not truly miserable unless you choose to be.” That day I did some soul searching and I read my Bible, when I opened it it fell to the verse, “for I know the plan I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11. Right then I decided to change my attitude. I am positive now and it has change my perspective of Boot Camp! I am homesick but what I think about is to have a family to be sick about when the orphans don’t. Boot camp is hard but doable. It’s hot but we won’t die. It’s structured but not awful. All day I quote, Philipians 8:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” and so can you I promise. Thank you God for ALWAYS having my back. I love you.
Chris Trubey – Coming to Boot Camp, I was extremely skeptical about the coming two weeks. Over the two weeks, however, I have learned to trust God’s plan even if I don’t always understand or agree with what is happening in the small part of life that I can see. I am here to play a supporting role in God’s eternal story , not a starring role in my own small story.