Saturday, April 12, 2008

    The Lord's Boot Camp (CBS News)

    "A first-time look at 700 kids training to become Christian missionaries. A special 48 Hours presentation, Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (CBSNews.com)"

    Not sure about the theology here (actually, I'm quite sure that it doesn't jive with mine) but I'm impressed with the fact that this camp prepares youth to go into places in the world and do the hard work that needs doing: building homes, digging wells, caring for the poor and needy. If they could just cool it with all the "you're either going to heaven or hell" stuff. -- Brian

    UPDATE: You can view the entire program and read additional info here.

    8 comments:

    Shane Montgomery said...

    wow. I'm watching this doc right now and am so repulsed by a few of those kids. I wonder about the partial gospel they preach - don't go to hell and nothing about the new life of loving God. Can you accept a gospel with the motive of wanting to miss he'll and make heaven as your motivation? What about the love of God, the grace and the mercy - if not for the group in Africa the love of God would have not been modeled.

    Dave said...

    I am a 1979 survivor of The Lord's Boot Camp. I went to Surname and it changed my life. My wife went twice my sister went once. My daughter went too. Boot camp was as it was in this video. As I watched the video it did show the radical portions of the teams. From the Bible thumper get in your face to the rebel. What about the 18 others? I went with Atheists, Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Quakers, Mennonites. All of us with different motives. It taught teamwork and tolerance. I became a paramedic/firefighter to serve others like I did in Suriname. There are thousands of us walking around that have gone to Teen Missions. What you would consider normal, not religious radicals just living our faith. If this program spurs on someone to do good to another, to share what they have to the less fortunate. To learn teamwork to change a life for the better how can we complain. If you want to see the team I was on visit it here: http://picasaweb.google.com/daveboersema/Suriname

    stuartdelony said...

    You can't be a good militant dogmatic without the turn or burn stuff. Compassion? Weenie stuff for the sad saps like Mother Teresa. Fear and rigidity are always the way to go... if you want to be like Adolf Hitler.

    I always love these, "how best to turn people off from Christ" videos. The thing that always gets me about these boot camp/evens is that they always resemble the third reich. Arrogance, rigidity, piousness, narrow-minded. ATF's Honor Academy is much the same way.

    (if you can't tell there's thick sarcasm throughout this....)

    Antonio Cordero said...

    Teen Missions Int'l is an awesome ministry. They show God's love in truth, not words. Hospitals, schools, ophanages, churches, you name it, have been built, improved or blessed in different ways by TMI. I haven't been able to see the CBS documentary since I live abroad, but I experienced TMI for 18 months as a Missionary to America from 1998 to 1999. It totally chaged my life by learning unselfishness. Choosing to serve others besides yourself is a tough lesson to learn. TMI shows love, and teaches others to do the same. Refusing God's love is living in hell, both here on earth and on the other side. Living without God's love has bad consecuencies.

    Antonio Cordero said...

    Warning people about those bad consecuencies is an act of love. It's not preaching fear. It's telling the truth. If you miss a trafic light you may crash and even die. Dont' be afraid, because you just have to be careful and respect transit law and authorities and nothing bad will happen. Nobody should be afraid of hell, because Jesus paid a big price for us no to go there, but if we lied about it and told people no one can go there, then we wouldn't be showing love. If you believe in Jesus as your saviour then Why should you fear? and if you don't, just do, its as easy as believing and accepting His grace. BLESSINGS

    Antonio Cordero said...

    One big problem with youth is America is the lack of discipline, they feel free to do basicly whatever they want. But you need discipline for everything you do. Studying, working or raising a family. It all takes discipline. Boot camp is a short time experience, TMI work is not always as tough, but when you are responsible for taking 30 kids to a foreign developing nation you need as much discipline as you can get, since you're responsible for their very lives. One single act of disobedience could jeopardize the entire goal of your mission or endanger the whole team. Not wearing your boots properly could cause you to get worms in your feet, not drinking enough water could even kill you in no time, going astray from your team could get you lost, etc. It's not narrow mindedness, it's safety, responsibility and concern for other's needs. American kids need to learn that, which was so common in America decades ago, which made this country a big nation, which people nowadays lack.

    Antonio Cordero said...

    This unsolved need is causing bad things to happen, if people understood they are accountable to God for their bad acts, they would probably think twice before doing a crooked business when nobody is looking, since God is always looking. Isn't this lack of accountability the reason for America's economical crisis?
    Discipline would have kept America's economy from what has happened, had it been taught to her kids in the last decades. But it hasn't and now we are living an economical hell. I PRAY TMI WILL GO ON, AND GROW, AND BE BLESSED AND PROSPER, AND BLESS AMERICA MORE AND MORE

    Beautiful Stranger said...

    I went on a team with Teen Missions about five years ago. It changed my life and brought me back to a form of spirituality I care deeply about. However, shortly after my time there, I ended up coming out as a lesbian, something that would have disqualified me from a teen missions team had it happened before I went overseas.
    Dave is right, there are many of us simply walking together as regular people in the world.