A deeply moving footwashing ceremony brought the students together this week
Brian Guerin speaking to the Bootcamp students
Practical, inspired teaching
This week at Bootcamp, we once again had a packed program. Every week, you have the feeling that it just can’t get better than this – and then Daniel surprises us again with awesome subjects.
During the mornings this week, it was very practical. We had Ilka Johnnie, the travel coordinator for CfaN, teaching us exactly how to organize our mission trips. She took us into deep detail on how to organize visas, how airlines function, and all the other very important “incidentals” that go into preaching the Gospel to every nation.
In the afternoons, we got intensive, practical teaching. For two afternoons, we had Dr John Shiver as our lecturer. He ministered to us with his wisdom and his expertise, as well as his experience and spiritual authority. Besides that, we also had Jerry Hill, the wife of Evangelist Steve Hill for one afternoon, to teach and minister to us.
I think I can speak for all the students when I say that we are being changed in the very core of our hearts and characters.
It's intense, it's deep and it's exciting. At the end of his third week there, Lukas Repert tells us all about what he's learning and experiencing at Bootcamp.
Another week has gone by, and it feels like everything is going super quickly. This week was our first official school week with the regular program. The theme for the next three weeks is “The theology of Evangelism.”
Daniel Kolenda introduced the theme himself on Tuesday and shared his groundbreaking thoughts as well as his own realizations about evangelism, with deep Biblical insights. After that, we had to analyze all the sermons of the apostles in groups, as homework, to see what was efficient about them, and what the core messages were.
Also on Tuesday, Russell Benson spoke to us, as the leader of the CfaN international offices. We got deeper into the theme, and received some book material, which is compulsory reading and lays a foundation for the upcoming subjects.
Then came Wednesday with KC Craichy, a world-renowned nutritional scientist, who taught us more about the secrets of good nutrition. He stressed the importance of living healthily in order to overcome the stresses of everyday evangelism.
All in all, it was a wonderful week in which we students learnt what an all-encompassing task it is to live as an evangelist for Jesus. I can’t wait for the next week, especially because then I’ll be able to tell you about out first outreach! This week, we’ll be ministering to the people of Orlando and telling them about Jesus.
Saturday 25th January was the first official day of Bootcamp. All the visitors who came for the School of Evangelism have gone home – and after a very short night, we Bootcamp students realized how the school got its name.
“Get ready for early morning sport at 5am” was the motto of the day!
For the start of the course, we all got together at 5am on a football field to do some sporting activities. Michael Dow, an evangelist who is also a high-performance athlete, put together a morning exercise program. We did squats and sprints to increase our fitness.
It was a great teambuilding experience, but most of all, it was made very clear to us how important it is to be fit, as an evangelist. The days in the field in Africa will be long and challenging, where we’ll also have to be up before dawn, and we need to be able to stand it well.
This week was the second week of Bootcamp. And right away, it was full steam ahead! For this week, the whole of Bootcamp attended the School of Evangelism. We, as the Bootcamp students, were learning alongside 75 other visitors on how to live evangelistically, in all areas. Daniel Kolenda personally invited some of the most experienced people in the world in this subject, to share their experiences and most especially, their love of Jesus.
On the first day, Daniel Kolenda opened the school himself, and set out the vision that God has given him for the next ten years. During the day, there were other speakers who continually encouraged us to let Jesus work in our lives, and to work through us in our own surroundings.
On the second day of the School of Evangelism, we got to hear from great evangelists like Daniel Kolenda, Nathan Morris, Daniel King and Peter Vandenberg. But it wasn’t only about hearing from the pulpit. In the afternoon workshops, it was time for a look behind the scenes, when the CfaN team gave us an intimate look at the most important departments, such as Planning, and “How do I lead an evangelistic campaign?” and “How do I start my own ministry?”
On Thursday, the third day of the SoE, things got really exciting.
After Nathan Morris, Daniel King and Todd White spoke to us in the morning, it was time to put what we’d learnt into action: Off to the mall to share Jesus’s love!
The entire school went together to the mall and proclaimed the Good News to people there. And we experienced amazing signs and wonders right there. So many people were open to prayer and we saw healings happen. A woman who couldn’t walk without crutches for 30 years was healed by God. And several people gave their lives to Jesus. It was amazing.
The final day came, with a very special highlight in the last session, as all the speakers laid hands on the participants – and the Holy Spirit worked in the most breathtaking way. Everyone felt filled with the Holy Spirit and received power to minister.
A warm welcome to my blog! I am Lukas Repert, and I have the privilege of taking part in the first Bootcamp that Christ for all Nations is running to train more evangelists. From today, I’ll be taking you with me. And I’ll try to give you a glimpse into what we’ll be learning during the training here in Orlando.
Today was Orientation Day!
We had a wonderful time with Russell Benson and Levi Stewart, who once again shared with us the vision for Bootcamp, as well as the vision Daniel Kolenda has received from the Lord for the Decade of Double Harvest.
In this vision, God showed Daniel Kolenda that in the coming ten years, another 75 million people can be saved by the preaching of the gospel, and that this is only possible if more evangelists are introduced to the ministry and trained.
Besides that, it was super to get to know some of the other students and spend time with them. We were put into teams with whom we’ll be going through the training. Part of the purpose of these teams is to organize weekly outreaches (evangelism of every kind), and also to function as a cellgroup to encourage each other spiritually and to stand for one another in prayer.
All in all, it was a very informative day that gave us everything we need to do well in the next 5 months. And it was great to get to know the army of evangelists that God has put together for this Bootcamp. People from such different places around the world, spread over the continents, who all have the same goal: to plunder hell and populate heaven.