2015 Medical Boot Camp a Success
In an effort to recruit youth for medical missions, Operation Renewed Hope conducts boot camps for young people 14 to 19 years of age. Because our youth are in such a soft and idle condition most of the time, it is necessary to inject hardness into their lives through these boot camps.
We are so thankful that Kings Mills Baptist Church in Kings Mills, OH was willing to let their teens experience the boot camp atmosphere in preparation for the teens going to the jungle of Peru outside the town of Puerto Maldonado. The clinic will be July 18, 2015. Missionary Buddy Fitzgerald with his wife Loren will be hosts for this evangelistic effort.
The boot camp was held on a property which was designed for testing physical strength and development leaders, Kings Domain, just outside of Cincinnati, OH. The camp activities offer many building opportunities for the teens. All boot camp challenges are for building the teens spiritually, physically, and in respect for those they will help in the coming medical clinic.
Activities include camp site preparation, establishing latrines, establishing cook site fires, fire building, Dutch-oven cooking, Meals Ready to Eat preparation, and wilderness exposure to toughen the mind of the young person. The young person is introduced to skills necessary to feed, provide sanitation, and provide housing in a difficult situation, as others have to do each day around the world.
As part of the daily schedule, physical problems are presented creating mental, spiritual, and physical challenges requiring critical thinking development. Survival course challenges present the teen with the need to develop stamina, courage, and unity of spirit with others. Daily physical training demonstrates to the teen that he is strong and capable of achieving what is thought to be very hard as he yields to Christ.
Medical training includes Red Cross certification for first aid and CPR; Dental training for assisting a dentist; basic stitching, and Optometry training to assist the optometrist. The teen will prepare and serve alongside medical professionals in the medical clinic.
Safety is always a deep concern for teens traveling with our medical teams. Each day the living culture of those in difficult parts of the world are presented along with plans to relieve the safety issues arising from such life requirements.
Always, the most important development comes through spiritual training. There is a constant message of “Your life is not yours, but it is Christ living in you.” As the week progresses and the challenges mount this message becomes real in the hearts of the teens. The closing “Dog Tag Presentation” service overwhelmingly requires the young person to say, “I live, yet not I, it is Christ that lives in me.” Literally, I am dead to self and alive in Christ.
The week is full; the benefits are manifold; and the end result is an experience in some part of the world giving the gospel through a medical clinic in which the youth participate.
Churches are welcome to discuss a boot camp for their teens.
Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct
Raleigh, NC 27610