The Zimbabwe Team Is Thriving At Boot Camp

30 ZimbabweCTeam Zimbabwe is learning to not only survive Boot Camp, but to thrive!  Todday the team initiated a meeting to get to know each other better and share their life stories a little bit. 
Yesterday our team had “prayer closet”, which means nine team members got a chance to climb up in the Boot Camp “prayer tower” and pray for the people of Teen Missions ministries around the world for one hour each.  It’s nice and cool up there and a precious opportunity to be truly alone with God… an opportunity not easy to come by at camp!  Brandon, Abby, Sadie, Grayson, and Jonathon were some of the members who had an hour in the prayer tower.  

Unfortunately, our team has won the “Piggy Award” three times now, but they have a good attitude about cleaning the bathrooms and are getting quite good at it! 
Today the team ran the Obstacle Course backwards, starting with the big wall team members must help each other get safely over.  Madison H. and Leslie were some of the ones who got over the wall, spotted by their teammates on the ground, and pulled up by our very strong members Jenny and Charles.  
This week we have music class, carpentry class, and advanced evangelism class.  Emileigh and Elizabeth are two of the teens whose lovely voices help make up our excellent singing group.  They are learning some good hymns like “How Great Thou Art”, older songs like “Because He Lives”, and newer favorites like “Mighty to Save”.  Sometimes the team needs to be reminded to smile while they sing, but Hannah and Alexis are some of the members who just beam during music class and it’s great to see.
Thank you for your prayers.  Please continue to pray for team unity, morale, health, and safety.  Us leaders would appreciate your prayers as well as we finish out four more days of boot camp and prepare to pack for a team of nineteen to spend a month overseas!  
Team member testimonies:
Boot Camp has been alright so far.  It has its ups and downs.  As a team, we have gone through multiple lessons involving carpentry, puppetry, and medical.  Every morning, we are given an opportunity to do our devotions for thirty minutes.  Lately Jesus has been teaching me to rely on His strength more instead of on mine.  I am excited for the opportunities I will have to become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in Zimbabwe. – Charles
This week, we have had music class as well as classes in evangelism.  In evangelism class we have learned how to effectively share our faith and have had multiple opportunities to practice.  During my time here at Boot Camp I have learned to trust God more and more.  I am SUPER excited to fly out on Tuesday!! Love you all!!! – Maddie H.
Boot Camp has been hard, I can’t lie.  The first few days were rough.  It’s hard rushing to wake up at 5:30 a.m.  But I have had a blast.  I have learned so much and have grown closer to God and to my team.  This is a life-changing experience and I can’t wait to see what God will show us the next few weeks.  Thanks for all the prayers. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength 🙂 – Alexis


  1. So proud of you all! You can see CHRIST on your faces as you developed through boot camp. Now onto Zimbabwe and I am sure GOD will use you all there for HIS glory! Praying for you and enjoyed seeing you via the LIVE streaming. What a blessing that was! Love all of you and SADIE.



  2. It has been so much fun watching you every night at rally! I am not sure what I am going to do after boot camp is done!! I am proud of all of you and I want you all to know that I am praying for each and every one of you. I pray that you make an impact in Zimbabwe. I pray that God moves the heart of the people. I pray for your safety. I pray for your health. I pray that God will work in you and through you. I pray that God will change your hearts forever.

    I love you Alexis and miss you!!

    Love and Prayers,
    Alexis’ Mom

  3. MArilyn Temple Valkema

    So great to watch you guys at the rally every night. You guys did it!! You survived and thrived at Boot Camp! Way to go! I am praying for your team as you head to Zimbabwe….. that you would each have life-changing encounters with Jesus and be life-changers in Zimbabwe as you share Jesus with the people there. And also that you would be a team that loves each other, a team that encourages one another and builds each other up in Jesus. I still have dear friends from my TMI team…. Tanzania 1989 🙂 I love you guys and think you’re the best!!!


    Emileigh’s Mom

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