We have turned the corner! The Madagascar Eyeglass team is excited to be in their final week of training! Only four more days of classes and then we will help tear down Boot Camp & pack up to leave. A highlight from classes this past week has been in Music Class. We have had the privilege to have one of the Teen Missions’ volunteers, who is from Southern Madagascar, teach us some songs in Malagasy and we have learned how to introduce ourselves in Malagasy. This week we started a few new classes including Advanced Evangelism, where we are learning about how to share our faith.
Yesterday, Sunday, was a nice switch from the regular routine of Boot Camp. We had our Sunday morning service out at one of the lakes. Teen Missions calls it the “Galilean Service” because the teams sit on the banks of the lake while the speaker and musician are out on a boat in the middle of the lake. Then after lunch, we had the Boot Camp Olympics. Every team had the opportunity to compete in a variety of competitions including the longest boot lace, bandana toss and the Peanut 500, to name a few.
I think everyone on the team found dinner yesterday to be a highlight. We enjoyed a 500-gallon chocolate milk shake and giant pizzas cooked in a huge cinderblock oven. The food and drink tasted amazing. I think a few team members may have eaten a little too much, but it was worth it!
As I mentioned before, this next week we will be finishing up our training classes and then looking ahead to leaving. We will continue to have drama, music, Advanced Evangelism and puppet classes, but additionally we will be trained on how to do our eyeglass ministry, tour the life-size replica of the Tabernacle and visit a Bush Sunday School where we will learn about the Motorcycle Mission Sunday School (MSSM) ministry.
We appreciate your continued prayers for our team. We are growing closer together daily. It’s exciting to see how much every person on our team is looking forward to traveling to Madagascar and ministering there. Pray that we will finish Boot Camp well & that we will all remain heathy as we prepare and travel.
Some testimonies from the team:
Coming to Boot Camp was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I don’t regret it and I know I never will. I miss everyone at home so much but I know the Lord has called me here. He has started something amazing and He will finish it. We are learning so much through Boot Camp classes and evening rallies. The Lord is preparing us for the field and I can’t wait to see what He does in Madagascar!!! – Karen
This past week has been so fulfilling and amazing! God has shown me how to love others and trust them more! The best part about the week this far is that we all love God and in turn love each other. – Halley