FLY Boot Camp | July 14-19, 2008 | ARC, Osceola, WI

FLY Boot Camp 2008 Group Photo 
FLY Boot Camp On Your Way 2008
"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28: 18 - 20

FLY Boot Camp Testimonies


“This year at FLY Boot Camp I learned to stand up boldly for my faith. There are so many people out there who are confused and hurting. Thursday we went out on the streets to witness and it broke my heart to see so many people who didn’t know Jesus. I met a girl who believed in reincarnation, evolution, but she also believed in a creator. She was so confused. Even though we didn’t get to read the Bible verses with her, I hope we planted a seed. Something else I learned was success is not bringing someone to Christ. Success is opening your mouth to share God’s Word. I’m definitely bringing that back to my home town.” – Tabitha Beard, Faith Lutheran Church, El Campo, TX 


Jim speaking with students“During Thursday evening session God challenged me to go home and share Christ with a variety of my family members and students I have never had a conversation with. He has made it very clear to me that their rejection of me is far better than them never hearing of God’s love for them. God drove me to tears, heart sobbing, body throbbing tears. I sat there and one image consumed my mind. I saw Christ’s blood pooling up, running down in streams. I don’t know why I couldn’t shake the image, I just couldn’t. God’s power and Righteousness is so real. I hope you believe that, and live your life so that truth is proclaimed in all you say and do.” – Holly Quittem, Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD 


“Two months ago I told myself there was no way I was going to Boot Camp this summer. I figured it would be a waste of my summer and it was going to be like all the other Bible camps I’ve gone to. I knew however people were praying for me and that I might as well go because my attitude at the time showed I needed it. I needed to get God back in my daily life instead of just Sunday mornings and youth group nights, and this camp did exactly that and much more. I had such a great time this week learning about God and how to share Him with others. Mark Cahill really made me realize the importance of evangelizing and how we need to care about those souls going to hell every second because that is their eternity. And I know that some of my friends aren’t saved and because of this week I am prepared to share Jesus with them. I had a lot of fun this week meeting new people, playing extremely fun games and getting the chance to go out and evangelize. I don’t want my life to go back to the same when I get home and I’m asking for your prayers to help me live out God’s Word. Thank you and God bless.” – Rachel Tanner, Living Word Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD.


Getting ready to witness“God has spoken to me through Worship, the messages and the speakers and helpers. He showed me and told me not to be afraid of telling people about the Gospel. Mark Cahill was an awesome speaker. He taught me and I’m sure others, not to be afraid of sharing my faith with others. The evangelism was great. I’ve never done that before. So when God showed me the first couple, I was nervous and so scared. The hardest part for me was starting the conversation, after that God took over. Well, He was there the whole time but, you know what I mean. What I got out of this week at FLY [Boot Camp] was to go and share the Gospel. I think I’ve said that like three times now. I liked making new Christian friends this week. They’re good friends too. They love the Lord. Thanks for everything this week. The food was awesome. The worship was refreshing. Thanks for teaching me more about the Lord. God bless.” – Sean Buchfink, Maranatha Free Lutheran Church, Glyndon, MN

“When I went out witnessing on Thursday, I was frightened to even approach anyone. Once I started, though, it began to feel natural to just start asking people what they believed. Awkward, yes, but not really abnormal. And, for once in my life, I was actually opening my mouth for Jesus. Simply realizing that I was obeying God’s commission made me feel like the rejections could not discourage me. So I was almost surprised when two teenage boys responded to our questions, welcomed the Bible verses, and accepted Jesus as Savior. Their receptivity shocked me, until I realized that God must have been preparing their hearts beforehand. I simply made myself available and God worked through my fumbling words to bring two souls into His kingdom. As 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Now I trust that God will nurture and strengthen their newfound faith and also give me the courage to continue sharing my faith with others.” – Kaila Paige, Faith Lutheran Church, Shakopee, MN


In session“I think this week has personally been really special. All the speakers were amazing. They all inspired me, along with a lot of other campers that were here. My platoon was really fun. It helped me meet new people. They also inspired me and encouraged me through the whole week. On Thursday, the evangelism exercise really showed me how fortunate we are and how we need to reach out to non-believers. I feel that during the concert of PRAYER, God really spoke out to us. I know I was really inspired and I loved that time with God. I liked how we got to know other people, Praise God, and have fun. I most liked the unity I felt with my platoon and fellow campers. The greatest challenge for me this week would probably have to be the evangelism exercise because it made me step out of my comfort zone. Although I never talked to anyone myself, I now wish I did. I think it was a wonderful experience and I would totally do it again! Thanks for everything and God bless!” – Katie Strand, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kenyon, MN


“One of the memory verses for the week at FLY Boot Camp explains very well the change that many of us have experienced. That verse is 2 Corinthians 5:15 “And He died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” Many teenagers here at FLY Boot Camp had life changing experiences that prayerfully will never leave them. The lesson that they and I experienced was the urgency of reaching out to men and women of this world who have not claimed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. One of our inspiring evening speakers, Mark Cahill, pointed out that two people die every second, and he illustrated these tragic deaths with a loud snap of his fingers. This definitely made an impression of me, and awoke me to what is important in this life, living your entire life for Christ and His will and for others whose need for God as their Savior is dire. A wise lesson I took from Mark Cahill I share with you now, those who want to win the world for Christ, must have the courage to come into conflict with it. God bless.” – Hans Tanner, Living Word Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD


“I think God has worked in my life by strengthening my faith in Him. I really liked Mark Cahill. He really impacted my life with his stories and his testimony. I have really grown strong in prayer. I have realized that everywhere is a mission field. U plan on witnessing to everyone God calls me to.” – Daniel Prachar, Christian Free Lutheran Church, Wheatland, IA


“I appreciated Mark Cahill’s sermon, and Paul Nash’s sermon. My platoon was great. It’s fun growing closer to them and to God. I now really want to read my Bible instead of our earthly entertainment like TV and computers. Thursday was really cool when we went witnessing at a park. My partner Drew and I talked to these three girls about 12 and 13 on a girls scout trip. Two were Jewish and one was an atheist, but to make a long story short, we were able to pray with them to ask Jesus into their hearts. Praise God! That is so cool. The slave boats and Iron Man were my favorite platoon challenges. I encouraged kids from college ages to 7th grade to come to this camp. You learn so much about God and evangelism; it’s so good for your soul. Thank you so much.” – Melody Nash, St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church 


Getting ready for Thursday's evangelism outing“First of all, wow, this week was absolutely amazing. I feel like I have gotten so much out of this week. I think I have learned so much. My favorite parts of the week were Mark Cahill, Afterglow, getting a chance to go witnessing for the first time, and all of the great Christian friends I have made. God spoke to me in many ways, but the message remained the same, the urgency of going out and spreading the message. Thanks so much for this week!” – JoAnna Rumohr, Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ishpeming, MI 


“Well it’s been an amazing week at Boot Camp. God has spoken through many people about our call to evangelize. The thing that hit me the hardest was just one thing that Mark Cahill said Tuesday night. I can’t even remember entirely what it was, but something about how we shouldn’t invite new Christians or even non-Christian friends to a lukewarm youth group where they’ll only become lukewarm. That made me sit up a little straighter in my chair. If I want my youth group to grow, if I want my church to grow even if they stay the same, and I want to reach my community for Christ I need a passion for Christ. My church and youth group need a passion for Christ and the lost people around us. I’m praying that God can use me to wake up my youth group to the people around us who need God’s grace.” Steph Kantonen, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Cloquet, MN


“This week at FLY Boot Camp has been pretty clutch. I have learned how to evangelize to other people and how easy it is. Mark Cahill showed us the urgency and how important it is to reach out to our non-Christian friends. During Boot Camp I had lots of fun with friends, meeting new friends, and with my counselor Wade and our platoon. The greased watermelon wars and 3-on-3 basketball was really awesome too.” – Brady Arneson, Calvary Free Lutheran Church, Fosston, MN.


“All week was amazing! God is amazing and He continually showed himself faithful throughout the week. The speakers, by the powers of God inspired me to share my faith all week. These things stick out to me: Sharing faith is not: How can I share my faith? It is: How can I not share my faith? Also, God impressed upon me the power of His Word. Isaiah 55:9-11 says “As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watching the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth! It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” I praise Jesus Christ for this and for a great week of camp.” – Noah Nash, St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church 


Platoon small groups“I think it’s so clutch how a bunch of people from everywhere can be split into groups and know nothing about each other and by the end of the week they all get to be friends. My platoon started off shy, but now we get pretty crazy.” – Anonymous


“In my life I have always trusted God, prayed when I needed to and did our family devos. I felt like I was a Christian and people could see that. But I didn’t feel like it was personal enough, like I wanted it to be. It was like I saw two types of Christians just looking at my friends. A Christian who just was a Christian, could recite John 3:16 and knew Jesus loved them. The other seemed so excited for Jesus, and just so alive and connected. I wanted that, but it took a while. My small group leader once said, “If you aren’t moving forward in your faith you are moving backward.” So as I tried to do my own devos and live more for Him, I realized that it was so hard sometimes to keep up with it. My brother Nathan helped me to get on track and kept me accountable. God helped too when I asked Him. Bringing me to where I am now. I feel so close to God and that I can count on Him for anything. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make you paths straight.” God helped me realize if I just let Him lead me, He would show me His plans and purpose for my life.” – Anonymous


Witnessing preparation for Thursday's outing“This week at FLY Boot Camp has been one of the most uplifting weeks of my life. During the early part of the week Pastor Jim Rasmussen gave us lessons on how to witness to people about God and His love. Then on one of the nights Mark Cahill came and spoke to us about witnessing. He told stories and gave examples and made everything look so easy. But the next day we all got to go out to different locations and witness to real people. It was not as easy as he made it sound. There are so many people in this same world we live in that don’t know Christ as their personal Lord. It’s really sad that some people don’t even want to listen to what we have to say. But as the whole camp went out to numerous locations I’m sure that we planted lots of seeds. This week has been great and when I go home I am going to use the skills that I have learned to make sure my friends know where they are going for eternity.” – Anonymous


“God got to me not really in the platoons or the speakers, but really in the weather. He is not just talking to me. He is touching me through the rain and the wind, the birds singing and the trees waving. This is part of my testimony. When the rain falls I can feel His arms wrap around me. In the wind He holds my hand. The birds, oh those birds, they are the Lord saying “I love you and some day you will be with me” and the trees are the Lord saying “I am yours and you are mine.” The speakers and the platoon leaders are great. The Pastors and the counselors, you are all great. I guess my sister helped me start my walk with the Lord. God’s nature helps me keep going. Back home my class knows who I am and what I believe. I talk to them about God every day at school and I will keep doing that. I came here to learn more of the scripture to back up what I am trying to say and that is what I got, ten verses that I know by heart and several more. One that Jared gave us was 1 John 5:11-13. I love those verses. They spoke to me and made me write my Getting ready to go witnessingtestimony from my heart. This was a great week and an awesome opportunity. Thank you.” – Anonymous


“What I liked most about the week was either preaching or the speakers. I liked preaching because you get a chance to really open up and share your faith to others, whether they talk to us or not. It was just a great experience for me and I want to do more in my home town. And I like the speakers because they gave me a big wake up call that tells me I need to spend more time with Jesus then other activities. The speakers said so much to get our attention and get our blood flowing so we can have a stronger faith in Christ and that it should not be bottled up, it should be spread all over the world so we will go to heaven and spend the rest of eternity with Jesus Christ our Savior.” – Anonymous