A busy summer has passed us by again. There were trials, testing, growing and a lot of getting the Gospel out there. Some people responded to it well and accepted the Lord, and others rejected it completely or said not right now. The teams took every opportunity available to share the Gospel—while waiting for planes, while waiting for supplies to arrive, while they worked on their projects and while doing sightseeing.
I (Linda) helped register Early Boot Camp and Peanuts. But when it came time for the Super Boot Camp I was already busy doing Mustards Seeds. This year Ava was with me (It’s much different with a granddaughter than being just the leader). It went well; although I was extra busy, Ava enjoyed it and is already talking about next year. When you ask most of the kids what their favorite part is it seems most kids say the Obstacle Course or swimming in the pool. Of course, they also like the stories, crafts and the delicious snacks. The theme was kings and queens (Saul, David, Joash, Jesus and Esther). We had missionaries share their stories about miracles that God did and how God protected and provided for them while on the mission field. We also had special visitors Queen Omega and her jester JJ (aka Barb and Sharon). Barb Paisley, Kathy Vanderpool’s sister, and Sharon Chrisman came to help this summer. And a big help they were, especially since I had my granddaughter and Pam (Paul Kostner’s sister) had her grandson.
While Ava was gone, Matthew and Jacqueline said Aiden would play and then go to the window looking for her to come home. They all came and visited Boot Camp a few times and then attended Commissioning.
Emery did bus runs to the airport to pick up the kids and bring them to Boot Camp. After Commissioning he took them to the airport to fly to their project sites. When Second Boot Camp commissioned he helped drive the bus to Arizona and New Mexico for the Old West Parks Team. Their project was helping out at a Navajo camp for kids and then getting ready for a Navajo Boot Camp for the American Indians. One of the stops they made on the way back was at Duck Command and Emery was able to get a picture where Duck Dynasty is filmed.
Joseph is still putting in applications for a job and has had some bites, but nothing has panned out yet. He was able to go and see Jase Robertson from Duck Dynasty who has written a book and he got a picture with him along with his autograph. Joseph also got to see Godwin from Duck Dynasty and Bethany Hamilton (the young girl whose arm was taken off by a shark; the movie Soul Surfer is made after her story). He wants to somehow get to Louisiana so he can visit with the Robertson family. Maybe some day!
We are already getting ready for next year and have over 120 kids signed up for next year’s summer teams. It is exciting to see kids who have just finished one team get so excited about signing up for their next team.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support through the years. We are so blessed to have you partner with us.