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The footer for our fence is completely poured!

The footer for our fence is completely poured!

We are praising God for the strength and energy He gave us to tackle that goal today.Mr. Brandon wasn’t confident that we would finish pouring the footer since we only had a half day of work, so the team was determined to prove him wrong! They worked hard and finished before lunch and were quite pleased with themselves. In the process of working on the footer, the team set new records of one batch of concrete mixed in 7 minutes and 20 total batches mixed in a full work day. Looking forward, we will finish blocklaying on the set concrete and begin drilling holes for rebar. Pretty soon, we will see a fence going up! Looking back at the fact that we began with just a property line on a hill, we have certainly come a long way. Our team has been working incredibly hard. Our dedicated painters are not to be forgotten, and have started second coats on the bunk beds in the dorms. The conversations and songs we hear floating out of the dorm while they are painting are always very entertaining.

We were able to get out and use our evangelism training this week, which was such a fun and rewarding time. Our team performed a presentation at Agape Christian school for over 100 kids. We included songs, puppets, balloons, and sharing in the presentation. Everyone looked like they were having a blast. When we finished on stage, the team went into the crowd and handed out wordless bracelets and balloon creations. They did a good job of tying the bracelets to the gospel message and tying the balloons to some type of Bible story or character. They are eager for another evangelism opportunity that we have coming up tomorrow where we will walk to a nearby village. Please join us in praying for that opportunity that the kids would speak boldly about Christ and the people in the village would be receptive to what they have to say.

After our opportunity in the school, we spent the second half of our day souvenir shopping. The shops were in the downtown part of the city and it was a very interesting experience. Each shop was small and crowded, some with unique things to purchase and some with cheaply made things that clearly said “made in China” on them. Overall, though, the kids did a good job of hunting for deals, bartering, and finding some pretty cool stuff. All of the boys purchase Bula skirts and they are eager to wear them on Sunday. We are just as eager to see them wearing them! No worries, parents, I’ll be sure to take a picture! After shopping, we had supper at a local Indian restaurant. The food was delicious, though a bit too spicy for some of us. Good thing we all had milkshakes to even out the spice!

KP has been learning to make our own version of curry. We have had several national meals for supper where Mrs. S has brought the supplies and showed us what to do with it. Chicken, beef, and vegetable curry, homemade tortillas, rice, chutney, and a soup are all things we have learned to make the authentic way (but with way less chilis than normal).

From the team:

Geli R.- Fiji is so much fun. I’m having fun with my team working on the fence and painting and getting to spread the word at an elementary school. I am also growing closer to god and getting to know my self better.

Elijah R.- Having so much fun here in Fiji! We’ve made great progress on our fence and today we finished pouring the footer. Yesterday we got to present at a school which was a great time. I’m excited for what else we get to do while we’re here.

All of the Fiji team members have arrived and settled in!

BULAH! All of the Fiji team members have arrived and settled in! They had a typical Florida welcome with an afternoon thunderstorm followed by heat and mosquitos.

BULAH! Only nine more days of Boot Camp!

BULAH! Only nine more days of Boot Camp! Last night at rally, our team started the "Ten More Days" chant until all of Boot Camp joined them. They have been more creative with their team cheers in the past at Rally, even having done a cheer to the tune of the Farmers Insurance's jingle

4 more days!!!

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Boot Camp is almost over, and the excitement on our team is tangible. They are so excited to get to use all of their new skills on the field. Just at lunch today, they were discussing which puppet performances they want to do in the orphanage in Fiji.

MOCE (goodbye) Boot Camp!

Today is the last day of classes and we are all thinking about and anticipating pack-out. For the next two days, we will help to tear down Boot Camp and pack all of our supplies for Fiji. Our pack-out assignment tomorrow is going to be taking down Big Top 2 and preparing all of the food we are taking with us.

The Fiji team has arrived safely in Fiji.

The Fiji team has arrived safely in Fiji. They will be doing a report in the next few days.

Bula! We have arrived safely to Fiji and settled in!

Bula! We have arrived safely to Fiji and settled in! We are loving the beautiful property and weather here. There are coconuts, grapefruit, lemons, and sugarcane all around. Matthias has been showing the team how to open and eat the coconuts. The beautiful Sleeping Giant mountain makes a gorgeous background for our devotions and Bible studies. Our God is truly an artist!

In our first week here..

In our first week here, we are well on our way to having the footer for the fence dug. The team has come up with creative ways to be efficient while they dig, like making a train with different tools and of course singing lots of songs. We have also painted several bunk beds and the walls of a dorm building. We still have some more painting to go, but we have a good start on that project as well. The bunk beds are being painted a jungle green and we are seeing that color show up everywhere now, like on boots and in hair!

Work is well underway here in Fiji!

The trench for our fence footer is completely dug and leveled. Now we are cutting rebar and steel tying to create the “bones” for our concrete. We got the first section of concrete poured yesterday. The team is very thankful for their Boot Camp training that gave them the skills and knowledge to be able to complete this work project. We are starting to cut lumber to create special forms in certain parts of the trench for the concrete. The team is tackling all the different jobs well.

Mix and pour, mix and pour, mix and pour, and repeat!

Our project continues to be more of the same, but our team is doing a great job of maintaining a hard work ethic no matter how mundane the task. Though they may be sick of seeing concrete, they are still having fun and doing all that they do to the glory of Christ! They set a new record today and mixed a batch of concrete in 8 minutes!

Serving the Lord here in Fiji is a blast!!

We have had so much fun the past few days. Friday night, we had another fun night with a local youth group. We had a curry supper together followed by Bible trivia and a devotional from Autumn B. She did an amazing job sharing her testimony and pointing us all to Christ. After that, we played tug of war and volleyball with ice cream to end the evening. Our team has been clicking well with this youth group and friendships are forming.

We are working hard and playing hard here in Fiji!

After cutting the poles to size with an angle grinder, the team used a hammer drill to make a hole to place them all in our footer. They did a great job with all of the power tools! Dawson M., Michael M., and Josh D. have been working together to use a welder and weld the poles together. As I type, the last pieces are being put together. The only thing left to do is add the chain link and secure it! We are so happy to be leaving behind more of a fence than when we arrived! Our dedicated painters are now putting all the nice new green bunks back where they found them. The camp is looking good and ready to house more groups!

Fiji Team Arrived at Teen Missions

Fiji 22002 Photos