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Bison and Elks and Bears - Oh My!

Bison and Elks and Bears - Oh My!

 
Here we are folks, the final report from the project field in Montana! We are excited to say that we will see you all in a little over a week! 

We have started to take a wrap on all of our many projects. Most of the dorms that we have been painting are coming close to being finished. There are only a few more spots that still need a coat of fresh paint, and need the final edge of painters tape removed. 

We were blessed with many cherries from Love Inc. Over the last few days we have had a group of three or four team members working on processing the cherries. Due to the fact that they were seconds many of the cherries have spots on them that must be cut off. This has shown itself to be a nice break from the everyday grind of painting and moving rocks. 

Tuesday the kids were blessed with their final opportunity to practice their evangelism skills. The final group was able to present to the Agape Camp Day Care. The group performed the same setup as the previous groups, with songs, dramas and puppets. The kids were quite interactive and loved the dramas. Sarah was able to present the Gospel message with the kids, she did a marvelous job incorporating the drama Colors into everyday and simple words for the kids to understand. 

Candice’s Birthday was also on Tuesday. The team was very excited to celebrate with her. I do believe she got tired of people singing Happy Birthday to her. To celebrate Candice, Amiella made her a beautiful Chocolate and Cherry cake, which we ate after we broke open two piñatas. Candice had a great night! The team was more than excited to celebrate with her!

Wednesday the team was blessed with the opportunity to go to Yellowstone National Park. What an adventure this was. We left early (7:30 am) so that we could make it to the park before the main drag of tourists. Little did we know that everyone else had the same idea. As we rolled through the mountains the kids were excited to be able to see the first signs of Yellowstone. We spent the morning driving around looking at the multiple pools, hot springs and geysers. We were able to spend some time walking the paths in between some of the many hot springs looking at the sedimentary layers of the bacteria creating the colorful rainbow pattern seen in the water. During our lunch break we were able to watch Old Faithful erupt twice! The team loved this and was eager to watch it erupt both times.
After our fun time at Yellowstone we took the kids to the souvenir shop. The kids were able to spend some time finding some nice gifts and souvenirs. We ended our trip with an exit by Mammoth Hot Springs, although we were unable to stop, the kids were able to see the beautiful springs from the van windows.  As we headed home we were able to see two bears, hundreds of elk and one Bison. 

The kids are excited to be heading to Florida on Sunday. We are excited to head back and see what the Lord has in store for us at Debrief! 


Montana

All 24 team members have safely arrived and have their feet on Boot Camp soil. Over the last two days, the team has been in many long hours of orientation classes. Boot Camp can be quite a shock to many young people. During orientation the kids were briefed on: drama class and the skill of improvisation, devotions and the need for personal walk with the Lord, the basics of the Obstacle Course and many other classes that will be critical for thriving as a missionary.

Good Afternoon from the Montana Team!

Montana — We have come through a sopping few days. Although the skies have been cloudy and full of storms, the team's spirits have been high.

Greetings from team Montana!

We have officially come through the first week of boot camp!
This first week has flown by! The kids have ended some of their classes, such as blocklaying, carpentry and drama.

Final Report From Bootcamp!

We are in the final stretch of boot camp!
This is our final day of training and then we are getting ready to pack out for the field. This will be our last report before the field!

Arrived in Montana!

Arrived to Montana Bible College with a warm welcome.

High Mountains, High Spirits

The Montana team is adjusting to the drastic climate and elevation change. As we are coming into the end of our first week, the team is experiencing dry heat with 30% humidity and an elevation of 4,820 feet above sea level . This is a gigantic change from the very high humidity levels experienced, at bootcamp, and the elevation level of 3 feet. Even though this has proven to be a challenge for some of the kids they are pulling through, and showing us that they are truly dedicated workers.

Fourth of July Fun!

It is a chilly day here in Montana! Ít is 63 degrees with a touch of rain. This past holiday weekend has been filled with many activities. Saturday afternoon the team was able to practice for our very first presentation, unfortunately we were unable to perform with the originally planned church. After we finished working Saturday we were able to take a beautiful half mile hike to the Palisades Falls. The pathway up to the waterfall was a paved road mostly uphill with beautiful scenery on every side. When we got to the waterfall the team enjoyed climbing up the rock face to better see the beautiful creation that the Lord made.

The Montana Team takes on week two!

Greetings from Montana!
We have been working hard here at the Montana Bible College base! We have been working on many of the same projects as last week. We have finished one of the dorms, and have started working on painting other dorms. Some of the other team members have also been able to start painting the railings around campus.

Day of Rest, Day of Presentations.

This weekend team Montana was able to do their very first presentation! We were blessed with the opportunity to be able to attend Manhattan Bible Church yesterday. The team was excited and a little nervous to be able to perform for the Jr. & Sr. High group at the church. We spent four hours practicing on Saturday for our hour-long presentation.

Evangelism Work in Montana

We are heading into our final week and a half of being in Montana!

The Beginning of the End

Has the last week really come upon us already? Here we are in the last week of our time in Montana! What an adventure it has been!