Hello all who have been waiting in anticipation for our next report! I hope all is going well all around this fine country. We are finishing up the last of our classes tomorrow! Praise God! Then we have Missions Conference this weekend, and Commissioning on Sunday night. We are all looking forward to this for sure! Saturday we get pizza and milkshakes—everyone is also excited for that as well. Something cold, and a nice treat of pizza! Our plane leaves at 8:00 A.M. Monday morning, we have a short layover in Panama, and then we are off to the Dominican Republic, and from there we will bus to where our home will be until Debrief in the end of July. The team is growing in unity, in their love for God and their for one another. It is nice to see them all bonding. God has given us perfect weather all throughout Boot Camp with cool nights, and some cool days as well. Whoo! Everyone is in good health, prayers would be appreciated that it stays that way and that we draw closer to God throughout the whole trip.
Trinity Davis: As soon as I arrived at Boot Camp I knew that it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Blisters, bug bites, wet clothes, sleep deprivation… But along with all the difficulty and craziness of this camp, I have learned valuable life skills, like block-laying and steel tying. I have also made friendships that will last forever. With only five days left of Boot Camp, I can say that I have been changed permanently in the best way.
Abigail Ward: Boot Camp is painful, hot, sweaty, selfless. It is one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life. Yet, it is still one of the best, most life changing times you will ever experience.
Elizabeth Gleason: This is my third summer in a row with Teen Missions International and I can honestly say that each summer I learn something new, make new friends, and grow in my knowledge and relationship with God. Each summer presents a new challenge spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. My team and head and assistant leaders are amazing, and I am so excited to see what is going to happen in Haiti this summer.
Emma Barnhart: Boot Camp is made to help us. It may seem crazy and ridiculous, but really afterwards we’re better off than before. We just have to trust and know it is for good reason and God is with us every step of the way.
Caleb Lynum: When I came to Boot Camp I was carrying a lot of extra baggage that I hated, it was weighing me down. Since I have been here the Lord has brought these things to the front of my life and the leaders and counselors have helped a lot and showed me the ropes to cut in order to be free. Since then I have felt a great freedom n me that I wish everyone could feel.
Tye Allen: Boot Camp has been a one of a kind experience. Aside from the insane amount of rules, mud, sweat and cheers. Not to mention falling in the slough. But otherwise it is pretty fun. The obstacle course is a great time. The rallies are pretty fun as well. Overall you make some great friends and grow closer to the Lord.