Zambia Is Adapting To Boot Camp!

ZambiaThe first few days are always the hardest on the team, arriving at Boot Camp, dealing with culture shock and jet lag, getting to know the team members, fighting homesickness and realizing the misery of the Florida swampland. And that is exactly how it was for us, and a lot of the team members just wanted to turn right around and go home. But after the first couple days, the team started to mesh and really get the hang of things around Boot Camp. The team has a good attitude, they love spending time together and laughing and telling stories. They are enjoying the classes, especially puppets and music class. They sing very well together! Thomas and Jackie Kabwata have been teaching the team a song in Bemba, and they really enjoy it! The Lord is really working in the hearts of the team and we are becoming more and more unified each day. He is using the Obstacle Course to teach them to communicate, work together, and to really trust each other as a team.
They are a good team, they are obedient and respectful, and they have fun with each other. We have won the pool once on the very first day because we were the cleanest team in all our designated areas! Since then, we have done fairly well, and we have not won the Piggy award as the dirtiest team, phew! We had kitchen patrol for one day, and they had a blast washing dishes and serving the food to all the other teams. They are such a blessing to lead and work with and counsel. 
We are so excited for the adventure the Lord has planned for us this summer in Zambia. We praise Him for safety so far in all our classes and activities. A lot of them are already being challenged by the Lord and their hearts are being stirred during the evening rallies. Keep the team in your prayers as they fight homesickness, blisters, negative attitudes, temptations, etc., as they are all out of their comfort zone. Here at Boot Camp, all the emotional baggage is brought to the surface whether we like it or not, and we have to face it head on at Boot Camp or it will hinder our ministry as followers of Jesus Christ when we leave for Zambia. Pray that the Holy Spirit would really work in their lives, and that their faith would become real to them, that they would understand that God is nearer than they think. We know that the Lord is going to do a great work not only through the our ministry in Zambia, but also in the lives of us as a leadership and in
the heart of each team member. Thank you so much for your prayers, support, and love.
When I first got here it was really hard. I was very homesick and wanted nothing more than to leave and go back home. Before arriving, I was under the misconception that Boot Camp would be easy this year since I am a former team member. That was untrue. However, since then things have been getting much, much better. I have been relying more on God to get me through this. I also began to understand that this summer isn’t about me, it’s about serving God and serving the people God loves. I am so excited for the field.  – Hannah Ferguson
June 6th was probably one of the most stressful days of my life. I left my comfort to go to the Lord’s Boot Camp. When I arrived, I was so overwhelmed; I was in a place I did not know surrounded with people I did not know. By the time the first rally ended, I was ready to quit and go home. But then Sunday morning, the speaker asked us what would have happened if Jesus quit? When I thought about the pain, homesickness and fear I was facing, it is nothing like what Jesus faced. It would have been much easier for Jesus to just give up and quit. I am so glad I did not quit that first night. I know God has amazing things planned for this summer! God’s way up is down.   – Rachel Olla
These past few days have been the most challenging of my life in many ways. I was throwing up, even being separated from my team for 24 hours at one point. Now, what you don’t know is that getting sick was the one thing I feared most coming to Boot Camp. I knew the first few days are always the hardest in Boot Camp, so being separated from my team as they all get to know each other, missing classes, and just missing out on getting the hang of how Boot Camp is run. Facing my biggest fear right off, pushing through homesickness and wanting to quit was exactly what God knew I needed to gain the strength to finish camp and encourage others when they go through similar struggles.  – Hannah Nolan
Over the last few days of Boot Camp, I feel like I have learned a lot. The first full day was really hard physically and emotionally. I wanted to go home and never come back. But I had to trust God because I knew deep down that He was in control and He knew what He was doing. And three days later, I’m doing much better. I’m glad I held on no matter how hard I wanted to let go.  – Emma Hochstetter
Hi, I’m Miah Odell, I am 16 years old. I personally have been very much affected here. It is very different for me to wake up at 5:30 in the morning and be ready in five minutes. Even though that is very different and hard, it is a lot of fun and very beneficial because I have more hours in the day. It also teaches me self-discipline. Also no gaps in our lines and special blessings and also straight lines have all taught me obedience, patience and to be on time. These are all qualities that prior to Boot Camp I really struggled with. Also my spiritual life has changed. I really have to rely on God for everything. I find myself reading chapters of the Bible a day. Also it has given my look on the hard times in life in a different way.  – Miah Odell


  1. It’s such a blessing to read this update, and to join in worship through the live streaming! Thank you for your dedication to The Lord and to our children! – Victoria’s mom

  2. Amelia Ferguson

    Thank you for this update! In a letter we received from Hannah she said that she was so homesick and couldn’t wait to see us at commissioning. I am thankful to read here that she is doing better! We are praying daily for the team to bond and for them to be Spirit filled. This is Hannah’s second time with Teen Missions. Last year was a wonderful experience for her. Thank you for your work with these teens!!! —
    How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15

  3. Yes, thank you so much for this update! I especially appreciate the testimony from Hannah! God is working! We are praying for our Hannah, as well,as the entire team. It’s so good to hear they are working so well together! Thank you again!, and thank you to all the leaders!

  4. Hi all I am Hannah Nolan grandpa and needed to say to all of you Jesus will not give you more than you can handle.
    You guys look at the evening rallies. We watch you everyday on YouTube.

    By keep up the good work.

  5. Thank you sooo much for this wonderfully detailed report! I will continue to pray for Sierra and this wonderful group of kids & leaders that the Lord has put together.

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