Ecuador Is Prepared To Serve

Hello Friends and Family from Team Ecuador!  Happy 4th of July to all of you 🙂 We have the American flags flying around Boot Camp. Tonight should be a fun rally!

We are all doing well! Everyone is staying pretty healthy. We’ve had a hard time staying dry the last few days, but we’re drying out again. Today is the last day of classes. We all are happy about that. The next few days will be filled with packing out and taking down Boot Camp. It’s a crazy time, but it means we’re almost done with our training and ready to head to our various mission fields. There’s excitement in the air.
I’m not sure where I left off in telling you about our day. I think I covered up to rally time. Each night, all the teams meet under the Big Top and have a time of team cheers, finding out the winners of the pool for Piggy, the Godliness award, who won the Obstacle Courses, and finding out who won the pool!  Rally times are a favorite of most of the kids because there’s a great time of singing in what we call the “Mosh Pit”.  All of the teams and leaders come forward toward the stage and the Boot Camp Band and there’s a great time of fellowship and singing. The speaker of the night then challenges Boot Camp with a message from God’s Word. What a blessing the rallies have been!
Nick Davis – You’ll learn a lot of things at Boot Camp—about yourself and other people, and it’s a very humbling experience. I think I’ve learned at Boot Camp a lot about not being quiet when it comes to God.  I’ve always been a quiet guy, I’ve never really enjoyed or strived to be the center of attention and I think it made me really self conscious. I wouldn’t sing in church and I never talk to people about my faith, I was always scared I’d get mocked. It boiled down to senseless paranoia. Boot Camp has taught me not to be that way. God doesn’t want you to sit in a corner and keep your faith to yourself. He wants you to scream it out loud for everyone to hear. If God is always on your mind, it should show in your actions and in your words. When I get home, I want people to see that this place changed me for the better, and I want to have the courage to tell them that it’s God that has helped me change and wants to give everyone this joy that I’ve been experiencing. (Yes, you can find joy at Boot Camp!) This Boot Camp has shown me how to share God with everyone around me. And I hope my remaining time at TMI shows me how to take his light with me everywhere I go.
Nathanael Palmer – Here at the Lord’s Boot Camp, I have had to practice working together with my entire team. I have a tendency to want to do things my own way. Boot Camp has forced me to come out of my self-centeredness, and make decisions based on what would best benefit the team as a whole. I have absolutely wonderful role models that serve as great example of people who have learned to live their lives self-sacrificially, and selflessly, caring more about others than they do about themselves. I thank God for Wesley Gladd, Maddie Burk, and the Foy’s  They are great leaders who are a lot of fun and live every moment of their lives as they know God would have them to.




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  1. ” 8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise [about the coming judgment], as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.” 2 Peter 2:8-10 NLT

    Perhaps he is waiting on one of you to give Him everything without holding anything back, while there is still time; perhaps some of the people you reach in Ecuador will have their first (or last) opportunity to meet Jesus and you will be privileged to be used by God to lead them to Jesus.

    It is an exciting time for you, and we are praying for all of you as you finish up your training and prepare to go to new places, meet new people and face new challenges!

    LIA, love watching you on Livestream! We miss you and can’t wait to hear all the stories and learn about your new friends and teammates! Love you. Mom

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