The Madagascar team says “Hello!” to all our family and friends out there and thanks for praying for us! Today is a special day. Our head male leader, Joe Vile, turns 72 years young today! Happy Birthday Joe!!!!
We are settling into the routine of Boot Camp, and the countdown to Commissioning has already begun. As would be expected, the motorcycle training is the favorite part of our day. . . well, except for Haley. She stumbled on the Obstacle Course on the very first day that we ran it and injured her elbow. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to ride due to the length of time needed for healing, but she is very relieved that she will still be able to go on the team! Everyone is willing to help her, but she is quite a determined young lady and does nearly everything by herself and can participate in most activities, even though her arm is in a splint; and she never complains. I think she is an inspiration to us all!
This week we have phonics and drama and next week will be music and puppets. They are doing really well learning the drama “colors”. The motorcycle training will continue throughout both weeks. Yesterday they practiced doing a slalom through single tires and also through pairs of tires to learn to control the bike in tight places. “streets” that intersect and have two-way traffic.
Our campsite is in a great location, near to the main areas and really close to one of the lakes, so it makes bath and laundry time easy. They really enjoy swimming there during our free time which is right after bath and laundry (so it kind of gets combined). We still haven’t won the pool for anything yet, but we’ll keep trying!
Please continue to pray for our safety during training, for continued spiritual growth among the team and to prepare the hearts of those we are going to minister to in Madagascar.
Jessica Myers – So far, this has been my favorite team out of all the times I’ve been here. We literally bonded by the second day. God has tested me with holding my tongue in certain situations. So far, He has kept us safe while riding the motorcycles and I know that will continue. I can’t wait to leave for Madagascar and continue to see what God has in store for me and my team.
Brittany Murphree – So far, Boot Camp has been great. Our team has learned to bond and come together through the good stuff and the not so good, such as the Obstacle Course! We are already experiencing so much Christian growth. Last night started the countdown and I can’t even begin to explain how excited all of us are to get out of Boot Camp and go spread the Word in Madagascar (even though we really love the two hours we get on the motorcycles :). Everyone is learning how to ride the bikes very well and it’s great! I’m so excited to see what the Lord has in store for the Madagascar team!
Mellina Visser – Coming to Teen Missions was a huge step out of my comfort zone for me. I worried about every little thing that could possibly go wrong. Over the week that I’ve been here, I had to trust in God and rely on His strength more than I ever have before, and it has done nothing but draw me closer to Him. Although Boot Camp is tough, I am so thankful for the learning and growing experience that will ultimately make me a stronger person. A verse that has gotten me through the tough times is James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
Ben Schumacher – As an FTM (former team member), I thought I knew what the Lord would do in me. It took me just under an hour to realize He had different plans. He is showing me more than ever that He is to be the only foundation of life. He’s showing me that mission work isn’t always physically pleasant. He’s showing me how to rely on Him.