Photo credit goes to my rad, Alaskan squad mate Brittni (brittniwisner.theworldrace.org)
A month ago I packed up all my new gear and headed down to Georgia for a 10 day training camp. It gave me the opportunity to finally meet my squad, try out my new gear, and finally unravel the big mystery of training camp.
Squad= everyone who is on my route. We travel to the same country together always and forever. My squad consists of about 50 people.
Team= who I do ministry with every day. My squad is divided into several teams. We each go to a different city within the country. Teams consist of 6-7 people.
I will never be alone for those who have been wondering 🙂
Man did God get my attention at camp. So many exciting things happened that I can’t wait for other racers to experience.
Here are 10 things I learned or 10 pieces of advice I want to give to future racers.
- Having no expectations are the best expectations. Please don’t stress about training camp. Don’t waste hours searching and reading every single blog trying to decipher what each day might bring. Go with an open mind like I did. You will be blessed!
- It’s okay to be vulnerable (God has really been working on this with me over the last few months). Vulnerability shows strength and gives God room to work.
- Utilize community. God doesn’t call us to carry burdens on our own.
- Don’t forget your scarf for India day (you’re welcome).
- Baby wipes save lives.
- God believes you’re strong. Why not believe it too?
- God. Just. Wants. To. Be. Your. Best. Friend. Let Him. We tend to make having a relationship with God super complicated. It’s not supposed to be that way.
- Different people witness/feel the Holy Spirit in different ways. Be true to who God made you to be.
- Never leave a grain of rice behind (especially the first few days, TRUST ME).
- If there’s two things that will help you survive it’s EAR PLUGS and a SLEEPING MASK. Don’t forget them. I’m serious.
Obviously I’m not sharing all the crazy things that happened because I don’t want to spoil the surprise for all the future racers, but if anyone does want to reach out or needs more advice (packing, etc.) I would love to help 🙂 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Remember: You will always, 100% find everything you need in God alone. He is good. (This goes for non-racers too).
God equips the called and the called is you.
“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
Isaiah 41:13 NASB