Tools, tents & kitchen Equipment lost including the building used to run the camp
Seven fire trucks responded to a structure fire on the hilltop above Western Indian Ministries in Tse Bonita, NM, on Friday afternoon (Feb 10th). Teen Missions held the first ever Native American Boot Camp last summer and the building was used as the kitchen, staff office and coordinator housing. In addition, the basement held all of the tents, tools, kitchen equipment and supplies for this ongoing Boot Camp. Firefighters were able to save much of the building exterior, but the basement and nearly half of the upstairs floor were lost. Thousands of dollars worth of equipment, including a 40’ x 60’ Big Top Tent, were lost. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze. Investigators believe the fire was caused by an intruder who burned an open fire in the basement for warmth.
The Native American Boot Camp @ Western Indian Ministries is an extension of Teen Missions International, Inc. in Merritt Island, FL (www.teenmissions.org). Teens first receive an intensive missionary training that includes a timed Obstacle Course, classes in work skills such as carpentry, block laying and mixing concrete by hand along with Bible training and classes in music, puppets, drama, and evangelism. After Boot Camp, teams visit areas across the Navajo Nation conducting work projects that include community development, remodeling, road repair and children’s ministry (VBS).
More photos of the 2016 Summer Native American Boot Camp can be found by clicking this link:
Donations for replacement of the lost equipment can be made out to:
Teen Missions International Attn: Disaster Relief — Native American BC Fire
885 E Hall Rd Merritt Island, FL 32953
or online at:https://www.teenmissions.org/product/general/
(select option: Disaster Relief — Native American BC Fire)