Sunday, July 27, 2008

Jantzen's transition from Wilderness

BEFORE HAIRCUT

AFTER HAIRCUT



Well, my promise to show pictures of clean people has already been broken. We are still unshowered, without makeup and in the wilderness. Must be summer's theme. I've spent the last few days in the Wilderness with Jantzen and Boyd, getting Jantz transitioned to a therapeutic boarding school in Idaho.

Jantz has been living in the wilderness for 2 full months. He's cooked beans and rice over a fire, slept under the stars with a sleeping bag and a tarp, eaten with a wooden spoon, built fires by rubbing sticks together and bathed with nothing but a canteen and a bandana. He learned so much while he was there and it was wonderful to see him in a leadership capacity with the other 8 boys. They had Boyd and I come and spent a full day and night with him so we would understand his world. One day was enough! I have gained a lot of respect for those boys.

We took him straight from Wilderness to a shower (still didn't get the stink off!), and then to a short family gathering in the park before we headed to the airport. It was great to see and feel the old Jantzen again, but hard to say goodbye again so soon knowing we won't see him until Christmas.

He missed his plane connection despite the airlines assurance they would hold the plane, and he ended up in a 5 Star hotel with fresh flowers, marble jacuzzi tub and King size bedroom with gold walls instead of a bunk bed in his new boarding school. How's that for a first night out of the wilderness? Jantzen was thrilled.

Today he lands in Idaho where he'll rotate stays between that location and Costa Rica over the next year. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and help with this transition. We love you for it! It has been an extraordinarily tough year.

2 comments:

Paige said...

DIDN'T KNOW HOW PRIMITIVE WILDERNESS CAMP REALLY WAS! JANTZ LOOKS GOOD--REAL. THANKS FOR THE PICS AND LOVE YOU ALL...PAIGE

Retsreformnu.dk i praksis said...

He is so lucky that he survived. More than 90 % of the deaths occuring in the wilderness are settled out of court and never even reaches the newspapers because wilderness program often are run in remote villages where a lot of people are depended of the income generated by such programs.

He is so lucky!!!

A mother in my town lost her son in 2007 after she sent her son to Loa in Utah. He hanged himself in the desert. A cruel and slow death!