Cameroon Is Wet

As Boot Camp continues, we are getting eager for it to be over, and to be on our way to Cameroon. The weather has been very wet and rainy the past 24 hours and that has made it even more challenging as many of our tents, clothes and boots are wet. Despite this, God is continuing to work through many of the team members. Each team member has been encouraged to write their own personal testimony. This has stretched each team member to dig deep within themselves, to find the words to describe their faith and how they came to believe. Finding the right words to describe and define this, has not been easy and is contributing to the growth and development of each team member.
A big praise for our team was that Sam’s guitar arrived safely and he has been able to play. This has brought him great joy. The boys on the team have been great leaders during our music class. As we are preparing a musical presentation to sing to the the people in Africa, Samuel Smith, Tyler Tahtinen, Michael Hartsfield, and Alexander Temple have really stepped up through their playing and musical talent to lead the team.
Please continue to pray for our team. Despite blisters, aching feet, and fatigue, everyone continues to be in good spirits, supporting and encouraging one another. This is a great praise among our team.  Please thank the Lord, as our team continues to find strength in Him as they unite as a team.
Yana Tarankov – I grew up in a Christian family and went to my church all my life. I officially accepted Christ at school in the 3rd grade at (Good News Club).  Last year I wanted to be closer to God so I decided to get baptized. When I did that, I felt closer and was on fire. I told God to use me for I am all his. One day after I was reading my Bible, I prayed and God put the word Africa on my heart.  And at that moment I knew I would be a missionary.
 Kara Amuzzini – Hello from the Lord’s Boot Camp!  I hope all of you family and friends reading this right now are enjoying your cold drinks and clean bodies.  So, this is my second time at Teen Missions and so far I’m actually having a pretty good time.  My team and leaders are great and everyone is so supportive of one another.  One thing that God is really speaking to me about is the book of Ephesians. My first day here, I read through Ephesians for my devotions and practically highlighted the entire book. A few days later in a class for former team members, I learned that we would be studying Ephesians and discussing it in small groups.  Later that night at Rally, the speaker preached from the book of Ephesians. I’m not completely sure what God is trying to tell me through Paul’s writings in the book of Ephesians, but before I came here I prayed and prayed that I would be able to remain optimistic throughout Boot Camp and Paul is always optimistic and encouraging, no matter what trials he is going through. Ephesians Chapter 6, verses 7-8 say: “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does…”  That verse just encourages me to work hard and do everything for God (including when running the Obstacle Course).  And that is something cool that’s been going on with me so far this summer!  Kara Amuzzini
Alisha McClean – Boot camp is going quite swell. It actually seems a lot easier than last year. It’s such a blessing to be reminded that you can, in fact, survive without what most Americans consider “necessities.” (i.e. air conditioning, cold water, T.V., a bed)  Its nice to be able to focus fully on m y relationship with God without all of the worldly distractions. I think that the main thing that I have learned thus far is that I need to live my life in Christ instead of just for Christ. We are studying Ephesians in our former team member class and the verse that especially stood out to me was Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. ”  This summer I am making it my goal to live my life fully immersed in Christ.  Ephesians 4:1-3 “Walk in a manor worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”




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  1. Beautiful, I loved reading the maturity in these writings, way to go team Cameroon. I am praying for you all. May God bless you with growth, safety, wisdom and knowledge.
    Love Emily (Alyshia Collins momma ;))

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