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Hello from Team Iceland!

Hello from Team Iceland!

Wow, where do I start? As one of the leaders of the Iceland team, all I can say is that if the rest of this summer goes anything like my first impression, this team is going to do great things for Jesus over the next two months! The team, as a whole, is adjusting better than expected to the challenging conditions of the Boot Camp training. The team was able to make it through the Obstacle Course without any disqualifications and they were able to bring 13 (out of the 23) team members over the Wall. And this was just the first official day of the OC being in effect.

During their first puppet class, the team was attentive and cooperative while they began to learn how to share the love of Jesus with puppets, choreography and music. This may not seem like any particular accomplishment, but when you require 23 teen agers to wake up at 5:30 AM and go through a day of training in 85-90 degree heat (and we're talking Florida heavy heat, something akin to a "wet oven"), it is impressive to me and the other leaders when they are still able to focus and stay awake in order to engage in their classes.

The team also had a work project during the day. It involved putting down dirt for some landscaping around Teen Missions property. As a leadership, we were encouraged by the effort that the team members made. They did such a good job that they even finished about 10 minutes early, giving them a little more time to get ready for dinner (you can imagine their appetites at that point ????).

Anyway, we wanted to let you know that the team is off to a good start and doing well. The Lord is at work and we are grateful for your continued prayers. Please continue to pray that God will use this training to prepare the team members (and us leaders) for the ministry that He has planned for us in Iceland. We also ask you to pray that the team members will be encouraged to respond to the Holy Spirit as He speaks to them throughout the day.

And now I leave you with some quotes from the team:

"I didn't think that I would like puppets. But much to my surprise, it turns out that I do!" -Talia V.

"I made it over the Slough today! I didn't fall in!" -Charity M.

"I thought that I could make it through Boot Camp with one pair of jeans. Turns out I'm going to need at least two. Thankfully I stashed an extra pair in my bag"
-Blaine M.

The Iceland team is ready to cool down!

The Iceland team is ready to cool down! We are so excited for a change in environment! Though hot and sweaty in Florida, the Iceland team has shocked us by their incredible work ethic and their willingness to serve.

Hello from the Iceland team!

We had a weekend full of excitement! Saturday (6/18) we started drama classes as well as Advance Evangelism. In drama class we learned two full dramas and might I just say, drama is not our team's strength, but these kids truly put their all in everything that they do.

We are Finishing Strong!

Today was the final day of training, and the Iceland team has persevered. We are so incredibly proud of all 24 of these kids! We have watched them grow significantly through the past two weeks, and we are excited to continue to see them grow in Iceland this summer.

We have arrived in Iceland!

We have arrived in Iceland! After two flights, three airports and about 20 hours of travel time, the team made it to our destination in good health and with encouraged spirits.

The Iceland team has begun working on our project

The Iceland team has begun working on our project here at the camp. Attached are some pictures of what we've been up to the last couple of days. Please continue to keep the team in prayer. We ask you to pray that God will keep the team healthy. We also ask you to pray that God will bring about a strong sense of spiritual unity among us.

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