Get Dirty for God this summer as you continue work on the “Smile, Jesus Loves You” sign at the entrance to Teen Missions. Your training at Boot Camp will include landscaping skills such as digging and planting flowers. While you are doing your project, keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife around you—turtles, frogs, lizards and birds. After attending classes on how to use music, puppets and Wordless Books to share God’s love, your team will visit a local nursing home or ministry to give a presentation. Go home knowing that you had fun completing your project and sharing the Gospel.
(Note: Teams are filled on a first come, first served basis.)
Peanut General Information
You need to be 7, 8 or 9 years old to be part of the Peanut program. You must turn 7 before the program ends. You cannot turn 10 before or during the program.
Length of Involvement
Sunday, June 15 – Sunday, June 22. If coming by plane, you must arrive between 8 AM and 5 PM on Saturday, June 14. Teen Missions will pick up team members at the Orlando International Airport. If driving, you must arrive between 8 and 10 AM on Sunday, June 15. The program ends after Commissioning on Sunday, June 22. Parents should plan to pick their children up at that time. Children flying home from Orlando International Airport (airport code MCO) should depart after 9 AM and before 12 NOON on Monday, June 23.
The Peanut program is a blend of training and actual mission experiences. Peanuts will learn how to share the Gospel, and they will go and do just that. Peanuts on work teams will learn how to do the work, and then they will do it. Some elements of the training, such as music, puppets and the Obstacle Course—just their size with a rope swing, tunnel and wall—continue throughout the program. Peanuts will be taught about the customs and people of other lands by nationals from countries around the world, who will share while dressed in national costume. There will be daily devotions, prayer, Bible memory and Scripture lessons on topics such as neatness and order, talking back, authority, stealing and lying. During evening rallies under the Peanut Big Top, each team shares their cheers and singing, Miss Piggy gives cleanliness awards and the Obstacle Course results are announced. A missionary speaker will present the evening message.
Each team stays in their own tent site, two or three Peanuts to a tent. The sites are close to the bathrooms and the Peanut Big Top Tent. Peanut teams eat together. The day begins around 6 AM and the rallies end at 8 PM. At least one fun craft or activity is planned each day; these activities include swimming in the pool, making hand puppets, coloring, block printing T-shirts (the same way they’ve done in India for centuries) and using Wordless Books and Bracelets to practice evangelism.
Provided by Teen Missions
Provided for each Peanut is a canteen, food tray, bowl, cup, rain poncho, ID badge, activity pack and hard hat (if on a work team). A list of what each Peanut should bring will be sent before the Peanut Boot Camp. Each Peanut will receive a team picture and a DVD of their experience.
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