Togo 2017 Travel Day 8: Monday, 26th June

Today ended a phenomenal week of Bootcamp for our team. The gusto with which they applied to their packing and cleaning duties was evident of their excitement and anticipation to get one step closer to heading to Togo. After breakfast, the team tackled the task of getting bags packed and ready to go and cleaned the facility thoroughly.                                 After the cleaning was completed we waited for family and friends to say farewells! Bags were loaded and each team member was assigned their vehicle. We are so thankful for awesome supportive parents. A Big Shout Out to Mr. & Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Morris and Mr. Tabor for being our faithful drivers. We also received some exciting news: WE ARE FULLY FUNDED!!! WOOHOO, PRAISE GOD!!! Thank you all for the prayers.                                         We had a pleasant journey taking the more scenic route on 285 instead of I70. We took time to stop on the top of Monarch Pass which is always fun. We got to our hotel in Denver in good time. We headed to our traditional water hole for dinner the Village Inn. It’s not set in stone but it is what the kids have become accustomed to as kind of the last supper of sorts before embarking on our journey to our outreach location. We had dinner and went straight to bed to prepare for a 3:00am wake up, a flight to Newark from...

Togo 2017 Bootcamp Day 7: Sunday 25th, June

The last day of Bootcamp started with two awesome Ladies that love Jesus passionately. Miss Sierra shared her personal testimony that reflected the power and redemption of Father God that pursues you no matter how far you have wandered. She portrayed the beauty of God’s unconditional love and mercy that He so freely grants even in the midst of wrong choices. She shared the miracles that kept her alive even from birth and how she could see His hand upon her life right from the very beginning. We are so glad to have Sierra on our team. She brings such a stability and a peace that makes our team complete. We also had church with Kathleen Tabor as our guest speaker. Her message was so appropriate and brought a fitting end to an incredible week of teaching. She spoke from James 4:4 that literally tells it like it is. Basically, if you are a friend of the world, you are an enemy of Christ. Our teachings this week have established foundations which has been such a God send, but with foundations come boundaries that keep your relationship with God intact. Our team responded with insight and revelation as they took in what was spoken through Kathleen by the Holy Spirit. She also expounded on the area of a religious spirit, that stifles your growing process in your relationship with God. Today being the last day brought about the process of clean up and packing. This included getting our laundry done and getting our bags ready for tomorrows drive to Denver. Spring Creek Christian School has been the perfect facility...

Togo 2017 Bootcamp Day 6: Saturday, 24th June

A much needed Day Off started with an awesome breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausages with juice, coffee and tea. The kids slept in as much as they allowed themselves. Our guests, Shelby, Alic, Kaden and Ethan fell right into routine even though there wasn’t much of one today (Smile). The day consisted of the majority of the team hiking with Megan on the Perimeter Trail in Ouray, while Tayne, Alic and Ethan went fishing with Geoff at Ridgway Dam. After the hiking team finished their hike, they had a break at the popular “Mouses” Restaurant and headed to Ridgway for some swimming and a BBQ dinner hosted by David and Kathleen. Unfortunately, the team camera was left at our base hence the absence of Hiking and Swimming photos but rest assured the team took full advantage of the “FUN” to be had. Enjoy the pics before our outing:               The process of waking up Tayne who fought waking up even at the smell of bacon. A valiant effort but in the end the team had to do their “Duty”!!!                       1 Thessalonians 5:16 – Rejoice always,                ...

Togo 2017 – Bootcamp Day 5: Friday, 23rd June

We had David Tabor our respected President and Founder of Solid Rock Foundation Ministries speak today. This man is well respected and honored. There is not a finer example of Servant-Leadership portrayed in this day other than David Tabor. He is also a phenomenal, son, husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he knows. It was a little strange having him as “Guest” today as this is the first Ao1 outreach that he is not leading. David spoke in both sessions. In the first session he spoke on “Having a Firm Foundation”. His subject matter covered several areas such as confession, repentance, and the condition of your heart. Two important keys are 1) Humility & 2) Obedience. In the second session he spoke on the “Motivational Gifts” – 1) Prophecy, 2) Serving, 3) Teaching, 4) Encourager, 5) Giver, 6) Leader and 7) Mercy. David emphasized that all these gifts can only be used to glorify God. At times these gifts can clash but the important thing to remember is if you’re a rabbit, don’t try to be a lion and vice versa. After the teaching it was pretty much the same routine. The girls practiced dances while the boys went with Curtis and David and worked service projects around town. Being that tomorrow is a day off we invited some of our friends and family to join us for a movie night and sleep over. As anointed as the week has been the team has earned a day off tomorrow.               1 Peter 4:11 – If anyone speaks, they should speak as one who speaks the...

Togo 2017 – Bootcamp Day 4: Thursday, 22nd June

We had the awesome privilege of having our very own team member Jamie Ila be our guest speaker today. Jamie spoke on the “Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ through the Cross”. She did an excellent job portraying the cross and elaborated on several points that Jesus paid for through His blood. Do you know that our joy, our righteousness, our peace, our healing, our authority and our relationship with the Father have already been paid in full by the precious blood of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. It is not only good to not just have that knowledge and understanding as a christian but also be reminded that all of that and more was bought and paid for by Jesus dying at the cross. Jamie’s love and passion for Father God is so evident and her ability to communicate across the board to all generations as well as her own was truly a blessing to experience.   We were also blessed to hear from Kathleen Tabor who is co President of Solid Rock Foundation Ministries. She spoke on eating from the “Tree of Knowledge, Good & Evil”. The story of Adam and Eve and their fall from grace. This story exposes one of our greatest struggles as humans, using our own wisdom and understanding VS the wisdom and guidance of God. Another critical foundation setter that helps us in our relationship with the Father.   We thought we knew this week was going to go fast but we weren’t ready for it to go as fast as it has. So much has happened in our young peoples...