The team has been excelling as they perfect the arts of Boot Camp such as getting out of their tents in five minutes in the mornings and flying through their count off in less than seven seconds. The teams ability to walk in a straight line with no gaps has also improved since the first day, as well as keeping their tents, eating and sitting areas in order.
On Sunday, the team got to experience a Galilean service on one of the back lakes here on base. The speakers and worship leaders were on a makeshift raft as all the teams lined the shore. It was cool to see what a church services back in Bible times might have been like.
Sunday continued to be an eventful day as the Boot Camp Olympics were held and each team member was assigned an event to compete in. For dinner, all of Boot Camp had strawberry milkshakes and alligator pizza to celebrate the half-way point in their training here in Florida. During evening rally the team got to show off the wheelbarrow they decorated to look like a giant mosquito, although they didn’t win the competition, they shared some great laughs in the creating process. Over all it was a good day spent out of the daily grind of the Boot Camp schedule.
Florida has been showing her true tropical colors as storms have been rolling in around four o’clock in the afternoons, but the mornings and early afternoons have been clear and there is often a slight breeze which is greatly appreciated.
This morning was the team’s last day of the OC, the team worked like a machine as they got 15 people over the wall and didn’t get disqualified. Most are happy to have the OC training over while others are sad to see it go.
Continue to keep the team members and leaders in your prayers as they are coming up to the take down and pack out days. A lot must be done in these next days, but with God’s strength all will be done orderly and on time.
Boot Camp has been a dirty, smelly blast. I’ve sweated more than the entire Pacific Ocean. There are some people who don’t sweat and continue to look pristine, which must be magic. I’ve learned how to lay blocks, dig holes and I’ve learned about puppets and singing. My favorite class is music class because we sing well together. I’m already really close friends with my team; they are so fun! I can’t wait to use all that I’ve learned in Vanuatu to bless the people there. – Emily
Boot Camp is not the easiest thing one will do, but if you put your faith and trust in God and He will help you through it and you will grow so much. It’s only been a week and I already have a stronger relationship with God! It was hard at first, but I am enjoying it now! Having so much fun! -Kara
The OC is a great way to wake up. If you miss the spa, your tent doubles as a sauna. You don’t get dirty – you live dirty. It’s important to drink water and say your number as fast as possible. It’s no vacation, but wow, what a good experience. -Austin
Well so far Boot Camp is amazing and I love every part of it! The team is great and we have only gotten one team S.B. (special blessing). The worst part of Boot Camp has got to be the bugs! Love you mom and Dad! – Caleb
Boot Camp is hard, one of the hardest things I have ever done… but it is also one of the most fun things I have ever done. Boot Camp has helped open up doors in my life that I didn’t even know I had. It has helped me to open up more fully to God. I have a feeling that God is going to bless this summer for my team and I. – Alyssa
First day of Boot Camp was hot and a new challenge as I met a bunch of new people. God has really been helping me become more social. We started drama class and I really enjoyed getting involved in it. A week ago if you would have told me I would be enjoying drama I would have told you I’d rather break my hand. God has done so much to work in my life and I’ve never been happier. – Owen
Coming into Boot Camp I thought I knew what to expect, but the first day caught me by surprise. It was much harder than I thought. God gave me the strength I needed and used it to grow me. Since then God has continued to grow me and work in my life. It is clear to me now that God is calling me into full time missions. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me. – Ali