Everyday at the Forge begins with an hour of personal quiet time with the Lord. We call it Priority One.
The men of Unit 000 take full advantage of this time by studying God's word, praying, and journaling. It is often during Priority One that the men find truths which they share with one another during the evening's squad devotions.
Then its on to P.T., physical training.
Relay P.T. today. The men were divided into two squads and raced each other up and down the hill and completed various body weight exercises . All of them demonstrated great motivation, effort, enthusiasm and teamwork.
P.T. ended with yet another teamwork exercise. Each squad had to lift a fallen comrade and move him to the aid station.
Life application: When you see a brother in Christ in trouble, come along beside him and bring him to the Word of God where he may be renewed in the knowledge of Christ, bear each others' burdens, and beware of the enemy who walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The rest of the day was devoted to Saturday Inspection. Unit 000 spent close to 7 1/2 hours preparing for Saturday Inspection.
Once again they showed great motivation and ability.
Saturday Inspection is a grueling exercise of mental and physical endurance.
The Learning curve is steep and difficult to conquer on the first attempt.
Unfortunately the men of Unit 000 failed their first Inspection. But they are not easily daunted and we have high hopes for them in the following weeks.
Unit 000 consistently demonstrates great motivation and teamwork in all that they do. Due to their excellent attitudes and effort the men have proved that they are ready to advance in their training ahead of schedule.
Introducing the "Go Bag." Since the men have demonstrated proficiency in adjusting to Forge protocols, rules and regulations they have been given the privilege of using a day pack to move their gear from place to place.
Captain Johnson conducting a pack inspection
Each man is required to have specific items in his pack whenever he is required to have it with him. As the saying goes, "perfect practice makes perfect." The men are drilled on rapidly unpacking and repacking their equipment.
We call the classroom/gym the Armory because it is where the men are equipped for the battles they will face in the real world through reading, studying, memorizing, and discussing the Bible. The trials they will face outsife of the Forge pale in comparison to the hardships they will endure during their short time here. In further weeks the men will be responsible for reading and teaching from the Bible to one another.
Classroom sessions involve Bible teachings followed by classroom discussion. The men are challenged to take everything they hear back to the Word of God to see whether those things be true.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
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