The jackets are in and it’s almost Commissioning time here at Boot Camp! The last few days before the commotion of pack out for team Madagascar have been pretty calm ones here in not so sunny Florida. We’ve had a few showers and overcasts that have kept things cool in the mornings! They’ve also unfortunately kept things buggy in the afternoon. The rain on Wednesday also meant a shortened practice period on the bikes, but they’re looking forward to finishing their practice with their last class on Thursday.
On Tuesday the team got the treat of cinnamon rolls from the lady leaders last cooking class, which they devoured quickly. They also had the opportunity in Wednesday to have a tour of the Tabernacle replica that’s here at Teen Missions. They first viewed the model in the display rooms to learn about all of the different aspects of the Tabernacle, and then they got to tour the life sized replica. Zac and Mary Margaret especially enjoyed the time, asking multiple questions throughout.
The team is really excited for Commissioning and to finally be on their way to Madagascar. Puppets and music are coming to a close on Thursday for the team. Scott and Justin have shown a lot of excitement for the choreography, and Ben has shown skill with the puppets. We enjoyed the pool on Wednesday because we won the cleanliness award and Haley was able to join us in the water after some positive news at her doctors appointment for her arm.
We’re excited to pack out and commission, and we can’t wait to spread the word of God and his love to the people of Mdagascar. We look forward to sending you more updates from the field!
Mary Margaret Ingalls – My time at Boot Camp has taught me many things. First, drinking the bug in your Kool-Aid won’t kill you. Second, bandannas have many uses – including mosquito swatting – and lastly. a potato can count as a meal. Most importantly, I’ve learned humility, perseverance, and the true meaning of a servant heart. Upon arrival, I was wholly convinced that I’d been tricked into coming to a concentration camp. But in reality, it is a place where I’ve learned to accept the unknown circumstances and be vulnerable with the Lord. I’m so excited to run this race with the Lord and see what souls are conquered on the field. If it’s anything like running the Obstacle Course, there will be many stumbling blocks along the way, but it’s exciting because the victory is His already!
Justin Porter – Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and spiritual dark forces. Satan does not want God’s Word spread, and he will do his best to stop it. I was going to go on this trip last year, but I got a brain injury that postponed it until this year. Then, two days before I left to come here this year my wallet was stolen. It had my drivers license which I need for our MSSM trip. That didn’t give me much time to get a new license, but God can do anything and He got me the temporary license I needed before I left. I don’t know what God is going to use me for this summer, but Satan sure had tried to stop me from going o this trip multiple times. I am so excited to see how God uses me to make his name known this summer. If God is for us, who can be against us!
Haley Trebony – At Boot Camp I have learned discipline. The first couple of days were rough, but know I have adapted. The first day of the OC I broke my arm. I have no clue what God has in store… We will seee. I know God has a plan, even if I don’t see it.
As a former team member, I thought I knew everything about who I was, what I wanted to do with my life, what to expect for Boot Camp, and why God called me to be on this particular team. It would be easy for me to say that I did know, and was right, but I wasn’t. My life has been turned upside down. When I first got to Boot Camp I thought that it would be easy, because I was no longer a rookie. This year has been physically easier for me yet spiritually I have been knocked down and put back together. I knew that Satan has been attacking me since day one, and I let him. I let Satan put doubts in my mind, making me think that I wanted to go home. I felt broken and abandoned. I would sit in my tent asking “God, where are you?” He was there. My team members helped me realize it too. My team members positivity and perseverance helped motivate me. Though I am still working on my negativity, I now realize that as long as you persevere and continue your work for the Lord with a joyful heart. Satan cannot defeat you, Christ will always win!