“This trip has already been an amazing experience. My team is so fun and supportive. The time here has gone by so fast. Seeing how different this culture is, is life changing. It’s so cool to compare our daily lives to the people here and their lives. This team and trip couldn’t be a better adventure. This has been a great first team and trip.” Lydia B.
“When I started this trip, I wasn’t right with the Lord. I used Him as an excuse and I thought, why be so strong with your faith in the Lord right now? Just have fun because God will always be there whenever you need Him because the Bible says He forgives every sin. So when I got here, I was sort of overwhelmed by Boot Camp. The first week didn’t really change me but then movie night came along and we watched I Can Only Imagine. Everything clicked, I don’t know how, it just did. I had questions, many I didn’t want the answers to. My mind was at the point where I thought I couldn’t do the things I enjoyed if I followed the Lord. I thought I’d have to change a lot, like I thought I couldn’t spend a lot of time getting ready for school. I couldn’t hang out with friends on the weekend or go shopping. I just was so confused on what a relationship with Christ was, I was lost. Then I started my journey on finding the answers to my questions. I got the answers I prayed for and they gave me peace. I also stopped worrying about what my friends were doing this summer or who they were hanging out with. After that, my faith in the Lord kept growing. He showed up for me time after time at Boot Camp. I started praying and my prayers were answered. One night my heart was really feeling heavy and I didn’t know what to do, so I cried and I prayed and I prayed and I cried some more. I needed major guidance on what I needed to do when I got home. Do I need to do swim? Do I need to stop and do something else? God what do I do? After that night, a speaker came and gave me the exact words I needed to hear. Words straight from God’s mouth. I couldn’t believe it. My body filled with a sense of peace and happiness. I realized how powerful the Holy Spirit is. Then Boot Camp was over and I finally got to see my parents for the first time in two weeks. We talked and it felt amazing. My whole family has a sense of peace, and it felt good to know that I had what I needed to finish the journey I started. Then we got to the Holy Land and it is absolutely breathtaking. I said that I never want to leave. My time here started out great but then I started to have some ups and downs. I started to feel guilty for my past and all of my mistakes. I prayed about them and laid all my sins down at God‘s feet. I was told that all your sins are forgiven and so I’m thinking why do I feel a burden if He forgives all my sins? It’s Satan trying to get in my head. I talked to Mrs. Michelle, she is such a wise woman. I love her so much. She gave me some verses and told me to dig into God’s Word. So I started reading the Bible and not only just praying. As I kept reading, all these answers just kept popping up. They just kept coming and I found what I was looking for. I haven’t struggled with feelings of guilt since. Now I’m hungry for God and I want to know Him more. I want to learn more and I want to make Him proud of me and do everything to the glory of Him. I’m ready to live in the fear of the Lord. My time in the Holy Land has made me want to better myself.” Mary Jane M.
“This experience has been amazing! I love it here and the work we are doing. God has really talked to me while I have been here and it is very comforting. There is always a nice view no matter where you look. I hope in the future that I can come back and tell more people about Jesus.” Anica L.
“I love Israel! It is beautiful here. It is amazing seeing the places that are in the Bible. One of my favorite things about this trip has been the personal devotions. We get to look out on the valley where David killed Goliath every morning during our quiet times with the Lord. With a cup of tea in my hand and being able to study God’s Word in this land, it is amazing. I am exactly where God wants me to be and I’m so happy to be able to have this opportunity to serve the Lord!” Krystal S.
“Here at Hope school our team has accomplished so much! It is very encouraging to see the difference in unity since Boot Camp and how it helps keep the project moving. It is also apparent in how we respond and encourage each other during struggles. It will be wonderful to see the difference at the end of this summer of working for the Lord!” Ben D.
“We are about to start our last week here in Palestine. The past few weeks have been pretty easy work wise. I am just really homesick if any of you can believe that. We have poured a lot of concrete and pulled a ton of weeds so I don’t plan on doing any of those things for a while after returning. We have done a lot of sightseeing and it is quite enjoyable. All in all, I am having a pretty good time and I am enjoying myself.” Barrett N.
“I am so glad that I came on this trip. These past few weeks have been a blast: Getting to know the team and seeing all of these really cool historical sites. The leaders are amazing and I can’t wait to come back next year!” Eli A.