The Cameroon Boot Camp Is Almost Over

The Cameroon Boot Camp is coming to an end and boy are we excited!! We have two more days of classes and then the Cameroonians will go through their Commissioning service. As our second Boot Camp experience begins to wrap up, we are excited to be done with Boot Camp! We are looking forward to going to the AIDS Orphan Rescue Units, and are anxious for the new experiences that we will have there.
Yesterday we got to meet the Fon of the village here. The road conditions on our way up there are worth mentioning. Huge rocks, ruts, and stones made for a very bumpy ride; as some kids were comparing it to a roller coaster. The Fon is the chief of the village, and his main responsibility is to care for the village people. He has great responsibility, and is highly respected.  We sang a couple of songs for the Fon and his people. We also asked him questions and were given soda and boiled ground nuts (peanuts).
During the nightly rallies we have the opportunity to sit by some of the Cameroonians. Morgan Boldt has become very popular with some of the Cameroonian children. Also, every night we present some kinds of presentation to them. We may sing, present a skit, or do a puppet presentation. Jensen Gerondale was extremely popular when presenting the skit. The Cameroonians began acting out her part with her during the skit! She was a hit!
Annelise Baker – Boot Camp in Florida was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through. The smell, the dirt, the lack of sleep all contributed to some unhappy days at the beginning of Boot Camp. But Boot Camp did succeed in drawing me closer to my team and, more importantly drawing me closer to God. I learned to rely on God for strength and not myself.  Psalm 105:4 says, “look to the lord for his strength, seek His face always”. Another verse that has been important to me throughout this entire year, but has ran especially true during Boot Camp is 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in your weakness, therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness so that Christ’s poser may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak then I am made strong.”.  I don’t have to be perfect or do everything on my own because I have a perfect Savior who is always there for me.
Emma Armstrong – Before I came to TMI, I was always concerned about earthly things. For example, I spent hours in front of the T.V. or computer to make myself “happy” or entertained. Well, when I came to Boot Camp, all that was taken away from me and I went through one of the biggest culture shocks of my life. All through Boot Camp I felt a constant emptiness and I couldn’t understand what was wrong or what I needed to change, so I hoped I would be better once we left Boot Camp and got to the field. But when we got here, nothing changed until a few nights ago. I was at my worst point of the whole trip and we went to one of the Cameroon Boot Camp rallies and the speaker started talking about putting complete trust in Jesus and he talked a little bit about how you can’t be made happy by the things of this earth and I realized that I hadn’t completely put my trust in Jesus and that I had been looking to the things of the earth rather than God. After that night, I thought about it and then prayed intensely that God would fill the void in my heart, which He did. So now I don’t look to the things of the earth for “happiness” anymore, because God has given me a certain joy and fullness that only He can give and no one can take aways. So the biggest thing I’ve learned is to look to God for my happiness and not material things.




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  1. Emma, We continue to pray for you all daily. Babe continue to look to God for your courage AND strength and happiness and not material things. You are going down the GOOD road. We pray for safety and increased faith for each and every one. Thank you for you dedication to and for our LORD!

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