The 5:30am bell rings across Boot Camp. The Malawi Team is rushing to put on our boots and name tags, and since we got the pig of course our wonderful “I live like a pig sign”. The team did a great job running the Obstacle Course for the first time getting 12 people over the wall. A couple of the team members took a bath in the slough but had wonderful attitudes. They are growing together as a team and beginning to work together. We have one of the biggest teams at Boot Camp with 21 girls and 5 boys. I am excited to see how God is going to use this team. Please pray that the team will stay healthy and strong through Boot Camp. Thank you for your prayers ! Blessings from Boot Camp.
Sofia De La Roz – So far, Boot Camp has left me feeling every emotion; excited, drained, happy, frustrated, loved and lonely. Each day brings new activities and more to learn. On the second night we had the 500 gallon milkshake and afterward there was an activity involving a lot of ketchup… I was honored to be the ketchup Queen for my team whereby four of my teammates completely covered and styled my hair with a ketchup-mashed potato concoction. I’m not too sure the smell will ever fully go away. Today our team went through the Obstacle Coursec for the first time which was tiring, but regardless, a great bonding experience. Although I’ve struggled with the trials of Boot amp (waking up @ 5:30 am and the constant fight against mosquitos), it provides me with the opportunity to be humbled by and open to God as well as to truly bond with my team. Through Kitchen Patrol, something that may seem annoying, I got to know one of my teammates really well as we served side by side. God lightens the burden of all that comes with Boot Camp and gives us joy. We are truly learning to “drink the cup.” (Matthew 20:22) I have great faith that we will continue to learn here and be well prepared for our awaiting mission in Malawi. Looking forward to it!
Keila Pieter – When I first arrived at Boot Camp, I was pretty much numb. I didn’t feel excited or scared, although I was very nervous. But when I actually got settled and met my team, I got excited, really excited. In fact, with each minute that passes, the excitement grows. We’re going to Africa! And we’re going to serve the Lord, which is the most important thing of all. But to be a missionary, we need training and Boot Camp is the perfect place to learn, regardless of the mosquitos, the heat, and the boots. I’m happy to be here.