The team has started to work with the Boot Camp here at the base! We have split all of the team members off into four different teaching groups based off of their skills. Natalie, Levi, Haley and Jessica teach all of the music classes each morning. Jessica plays the guitar beautifully, Natalie is the song leader, Haley sings a lovely harmony and Levi is the strong male voice. They are teaching the Boot Camp here all of our motion and worship songs. Our team members are doing an amazing job at being patient and loving as it can be frustrating teaching the English words. They teach the classes at the bottom of the base on the field. All morning the whole base can hear everyone loud and beautiful voices praising God’s glory. Katy, Janelle, Rachel and Amber are the Phonics teachers. At Boot Camp they each excelled at our own Phonics training classes so they are very successful here! They prepare their lessons ahead of team. Their students are learning English
so quickly the girls have to keep making the lessons harder and harder. It is truly a rewarding experience for the girls and their students! They keep the students interested and motivated through games and creative lessons plans that make the subject of Phonics exciting.
Hannah F, Mady and Barbara have been working in the Boot Camp kitchen making all of the national meals. They are all quite the cooks. They should have an extensive knowledge of Cameroonian food by the time they get home!
Today Emily and Gabe are kitchen patrol. Gabe has become an expert dish cleaner so he is excited to show off his scrubbing skills at home! The team has also been motivating Gabe and Janelle to try the different national foods and fruits. They was a bit suspicious at first but they’re loving it now! Emily has made the cake for desert and it is absolutely delicious. Nik, Jake, Cameroon, Hannah M and Justine are the games teacher. At Boot Camp they stood out as being some of our most outgoing team members so they are the perfect teachers for the classes. After the second day of teaching they ran out of games so they spent some of their free time creating their own. Our own team members even love the new games! We spend our evenings at the boot camp’s rally’s. The team loves them because the worship time is exciting with the drums, loud voices and song movements. The worship time here is really inspiring the team to be more passionate and on fire about
their faith. Every night the team performs a drama or puppet show. The first night we did the “color” drama. Jessica, Cameroon, Janelle, Levi and Emily did amazing in the performance. Their theatrical sides are coming out more and more every day. The next night we did a puppet drama. The choreographers were Natalie, Justine, Hannah F and Barbara. However in the middle of the performance the music player stopped working. Natalie saved by the performance by singing the music herself!
Last night Levi, Nik, Barbara, Rachel, Cameroon, Justine, Hannah M performed the “Battlefield” drama. It is a team favorite because of its intensity. They did an absolutely amazing job. Even the team members that were watching got chills from watching. Afterward one of the drama teams here requested that they could learn the drama from our team before we left.
Ms. Bella, Mr. Matt and the Mahers are all enjoying our time here. The team is such a blessing to us because of their willingness to learn and work.
Every night a different team member shares what they have been learning this summer so far. It is a really great time for the team members to be able to speak out about their spiritual walk with the Lord. The team is all growing closer and closer as they grow closer to the Lord. We are all focusing on our weaknesses and strengths in order to better ourselves for God.
Tomorrow we head to our first rescue unit to start the foot-washing mission. It will truly be a memorable experience. The team is all mentally preparing for this. They are all learning from the Bible studies what a blessing, privilege and opportunity it is to be able to serve people through out faith in the Lord. We appreciate and thank you for all your prayers back home!