Well, that’s not ALL we did in Jungle Camp, but it was a significant part! Jungle Camp is a six week, interactive module that is part of our training with New Tribes Mission. It’s a simulation of some of the life challenges that may come with living overseas in a remote tribal village.
We spent 10 days constructing a house using rough building materials (such as cedar poles, greenhouse plastic, duct tape, and bailing twine.) without any nails, screws, or power tools. This helped us learn how to think outside the box as we worked to build a sturdy home. We also gained experience with running basic plumbing and wiring up a house with a 12 volt DC electric system (as is used with solar panel systems on the field). Lots of fun, and lots of hard work!
At the end of our two building weeks, we hauled all of our supplies up by hand and settled in for a month of isolated, rustic living. Our classmates and two staff couples were the only people we interracted with the whole time. It was such a great opportunity to see the strengths and weaknesses of our different families, and see how we could each be an encouragement to one another!
Our daily cooking, and the many cold nights, made gathering firewood a continual chore. The blade on Seth’s bow saw was pretty worn down by the end of the four weeks!
With one modified, rusty metal barrel, a few cedar poles, plenty of dirt and clay, and an enormous amount of patience, Rochelle built this beautiful wood stove for us to cook on, complete with an oven and hot water heater!
Rochelle perfected the art of baking with erratic, fluctuating oven temperatures in Jungle Camp and made fresh bread and rolls every week. (Speaking of “buns in the oven”, Rochelle is at 6 months now and we’ve found out it’s a boy!)
Our house wasn’t “up to code”, but it did hold together pretty well. It was interesting to build with such unorthodox carpentry tools. Who knew that a hatchet and a chisel would prove to be so useful?
Rochelle worked hard to make our house a home, and boy, did her efforts pay off! We even had wall to wall carpet! (It’s good to have connections.)
It may look like a big trash bag in the woods to you, but it was home to us! The clear plastic roof was pretty sweet. On sunny days our whole ceiling was a skylight, and when it was raining we could watch the raindrops splashing above us!
This was the full population of our Jungle Camp “village”. It’s amazing how well you get to know people when no one’s house is soundproof!