On Wednesday we climb Mt. Baldie...it's just up the path from our campsite. See the red building on the right...that's about where we start and then go to the top.
It took me about 1 hour & 15 minutes to get up to the top.
The students are paired up with another student...usually someone they don't know...at first it's awkward for them...but as they climb the mountain, they learn how to work together to make it to the top. The ideal pair is someone who can run up the mountain paired with someone who might not make it to the top without help or encouragement.
The mountain is NOT Easy Peesy Lemon Squeezy...at ALL!!
Let's just say...I have been training for a 5k and it almost kicked my tail!!
Meet my sweet partner...Amanda...I love this girl. Amanda came thru the youth group with Matt & I and now that girl is a loving the Lord Missionary for Christ! She has been on 3 missions trips this year and has a desire to make it a permanent place in her life as God opens doors. She just graduated from College and ready for God to use her however He wants!
She helped me up that mountain!
Though I felt like I could die..I didn't...
While on the mountain we have a devo time....
And some more...
Climbing this mountain really stretches the kids. There are many of them who barely make it to the top...as they do...you hear 300 + kids start cheering them on...
"You can do it"
"You are almost there"
"You're doing Awesome"
Like in our Christian walk...having someone by you...cheering you on...encouraging you...lifting you up...pushing you to grow in your faith. Finish the Race...climb that mountain.
So many of them come back saying...
I couldn't have done it without my partner
I pray you have a "partner" in life that encourages you to keep going.
I am blessed to have many who cheer me on...tell me when I need to step it up in my faith...won't let me give up or give in or just plan smack me in the head when I need it, but do it because they love me & mostly they LOVE THE LORD!!
But encourage each other daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.