Teen Missions Int’l is a short-term missions trip experience unlike any other. Those who have completed a teen trip with TMI (The Lord’s Boot Camp, Field, and Debrief) are called FTMs (Former Teen Members) Below are 10 things only FTMs and relate to.
1. BC, OC, SB, KP, SBC, BMW…
Ah… all the abbreviations we learn to speak as if they’re in plain English. For those of you who don’t know what the above terms are, ask an FTM.
2. The 500-gallon milkshake
Words can’t describe the happiness that happens when you take that first sip of a COLD milkshake after a week of BC. It brings a smile to your face to think about Bob Bland climbing that huge ladder to look inside the 500-gallon container.
3. Bob Bland’s hour every morning
You love Bob Bland, you really do. But that hour he had every morning at BC about 1 Corinthians… “When I was a child, I talked liked a child, I thought like child…” And running on seven hours (or less) of sleep? You were doing everything you could to keep yourself and your teammates awake.
4. The Saber
Ah, the super-high-tech, hand-cranked, portable music player. Pre-“downloaded” on this are popular hits such as “The Clappy Song” and “Chi-i-i-i-ild of the King”. You still think that it’s a great way for countries and area without consistent electricity to have some music for the kids.
5. Single file, no gaps!
You may have found this rather ridiculous at first, but then see how valuable this skill when rushing at the airport. The longer you were at BC, the more the “no gaps” gig became a game. You watched the other teams’ lines and waited to pounce through their gap.
6. 40 references
One of the hardest parts of memorizing the 40 verses were getting all 40 references down. If you were training to win points for your team in the Debrief Bible Quizzing, then you know that there are 7 Romans verses, 2 1 Corinthians, 3 from Matthew, 3 Psalms…
7. The first night in the tent
You hardly slept a wink. There were so many new (noisy) bugs and other nocturnal critters keeping you company. You probably thought you were the only one still awake, when in fact, most of your teammates were staring at the darkness too.
8. The Slough of Despond
You either loved it because of the feeling you got when you made it across everyday, or you hated it because of the miserable wet socks you had the rest of the morning.
9. The all-leather, 6 to 8 inch, leather boots
You took time to find and purchase them before the trip. You (hopefully) trained in them. Or, since you neglected to train enough in them, suffered endlessly of painful blisters. You were so excited at Debrief of going home and putting on flip flops – or better yet, being barefoot! Yet not too long after being home, you kinda missed them.
10. Count Off!
You still remember what number you were. At least one member of your team shouted his number in his sleep. You had seven (or less, depending on your team size) seconds for everyone to count off in Elijah’s Chariot every morning at BC. It became vital to your survival at the airport or using your country’s transportation system.
What are some things you would add to the list?