The rains came down and the floods came up, the rains came down and the floods came up, the rains came down and the floods came up, but the Malawi team has joy in their hearts! Yes, Boot Camp is experiencing lots of rain. Last night after rally, some tents had to have water baled out! However, the team had great attitudes about their tents. The Malawi team finally got the pool the other day for having good attitudes about cleaning the bathrooms for three times. During the summer your youth will be memorizing 40 Bible verses and yesterday they did their first verse review. This is when they need to say all the verses they have memorized up to date. They all did very well and as a leader I am blessed to watch them hide God’s Word in their heart. As Boot Camp is almost done, we are tired and excited at the same time. Yesterday I had a chance to sit down with the team for a couple hours and talk about Malawi—what the culture is like, what foods to expect and about our travel. In spite of the rain, the team was excited to hear about what they will be doing and the country they will be ministering in. Please pray that we will not have rain this week as it makes packing hard. The team is in good spirits and is excited to be leaving at the end of the week. Pray that we will stay strong this last week and that the team will grow closer to the Lord. It is a blessing to be able take your children to Malawi. I am thankful for each one of them. Thank you for your prayers!!!
Zac Frye – Boot Camp has been a life-changing experience! One of my favorite quotes reads “The best journey answers questions, in the beginning you never even thought to ask” Going through Boot Camp, I thought I that I was only going to gain knowledge of God’s Word, which I have. However I also have come to a greater understanding of what I thought I already knew. I have heard Philippians 4:13 all my life and I thought I understood it “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me” I memorized that verse a year ago, but I have not lived through that verse until now. Boot Camp is hard, there is no getting over that. But through Christ and only through Christ I will be able to get through not only Boot Camp but life. With the joy of the Lord! My journey this summer has just began, and I can’t wait to see what other life questions God will answer in my life. Further more I can’t wait to spread God’s grace in Malawi.
Sylvia Blake – The first few days of Boot Camp weren’t the greatest. They were long and not very fun. Part of me wished that I could go home, and that I wasn’t at Boot Camp. I wondered how I was going to make it through the next two weeks. On the second or third day, I heard “you can do all things through Christ” and I realized how true that was. If it wasn’t for God, I would not have be able to raise the support or get everything ready and in order to get here. If God did not want me to here here, if I wasn’t supposed to be here, than I would not be. It’s His will that I’m here, and He wouldn’t give me more than I can handle. At the beginning of Boot Camp, I did not like it at all. The Obstacle Course gets easier, the classes you have get you closer to God and your team. It seems like just yesterday I was concerned about two weeks, and now there are only five days left. Boot Camp really isn’t as bad as it seems. God won’t give me more than I can handle, and He knows I can handle this.