The Myanmar team is doing great here at The Lord’s Boot Camp. We had a jam-packed four days which consisted of arriving here, getting registered and settled into our luxurious accommodations (a tent), attending Missions Conference Classes, orientation classes and consuming a 500-gallon chocolate milkshake and alligator pizza on Saturday, participating in the Olympics and the Commissioning service for 1st Boot Camp on Sunday. Needless to say, we were more than ready for our training to begin and with that, a regular schedule!
After a shortened night of sleep (due to the Commissioning service), our team woke up at 5:30 AM. They have five minutes to be out of their tents with their boots laced. They then have a “count off” and go back to their tents to make sure their tents are ready for Miss Piggy. We then form a line and go to the bathrooms before heading to “Rapture Practice” where the previous night’s winners are recognized and their flags are raised. After that, we run the Obstacle Course which is followed by breakfast. Then we have a much needed 30 minute time of private devotions. Classes follow devotions. We have our work classes in the mornings and our music and puppets in the afternoon. Our last two classes are free time and then bath/laundry time. Then it is dinner time, free time and then rally. Needless to say, we are ready for some sleep after all of that activity.
The team seems to be doing really well. They are a great group of kids! We have placed 2nd in the Piggy Award both nights. One of these days, we hope to get first and then get to swim in the pool!
Madison Pound – The Lord’s Boot Camp is definitely an experience of a lifetime! The Myanmar team is getting stronger and coming to know one another better each day as we go through this Boot Camp together. It is definitely not the easiest thing in the world, but God is really teaching me to fully rely on Him and only Him. He is helping me to conquer fears and to be bold in what He wants me to do—and to pay no mind to what people think or say when I do these things. During devotions, I am reading through the first chapter of James and God is revealing to me that I should “consider it pure joy” when I encounter trials (the Obstacle Course) because the testing of faith produces endurance. He is testing and strengthening my faith. I am doing my best to be joyful, and I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for me this summer.
Benjamin McWhorter – Boot Camp is fun. God is working in my life in many ways. I am enjoying the Obstacle Course. Why God has called me to Myanmar, I am not sure. I just felt a strong urge to join the team. I cannot wait to get to the field. May the Lord bless the people of Myanmar.
Hannah Young – When I first arrived at Boot Camp on Registration Day, I was completely fine. I was having fun getting to know my teammates and was very distracted. But then I went to sleep in the tent and my thoughts awoke. I was sweating like made and could only think of home. Homesickness caught me and refused to let go. The primitive conditions (especially the bathrooms) only worsened my homesickness. I cried every day. But the Boot Camp rallies are amazing. I slowed down, got counseling and prayer and accepted my faith. I surrendered my all and now I have conquered homesickness.
Maddie Bobb – Boot Camp has been great so far. I have really been homesick and missing my parents. I have fallen in the Slough every day so that is not fun, but my feet are staying dry. Now that we have gotten into the swing of things with a regular schedule, things are getting easier. We are all still counting the days to Commissioning.