CO, multiple: Band of Brothers Peak Challenge
July 22, 2010 - July 26, 2010
Host Church: 10 churches in the Band of Brothers Network
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Band of Brothers Peak Challenge Almost 100 men made the trek to Lake Dillon, Colorado for the 5th Annual Band of Brothers Peak Challenge. God blessed the excursion this year from the very start, allowing us to enjoy 5 full days of beautiful, sunny weather without rain – a rarity this time of year in the upper elevations of the Colorado Rockies.
Men from more than 8 states, more than 10 different churches and even two young men from Burundi, Africa came together to enjoy the awe and wonder of God’s handiwork, to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ and to make connections with other men that are on the same journey as they are – to stop at nothing to serve Jesus Christ.
The theme this year was “Primal” – based on the “Primal Commandment” found in Mark 12:30. That commandment tells us to love the Lord our God with all of our HEART/SOUL/MIND/STRENGTH. Using the Mark Batterson book “Primal”, we dug deep into what God desires for us to love him with all our our HEART/SOUL/MIND/STRENGTH through some large group and small group gathering times each night at basecamp. The words that we heard from our leaders were powerful and the challenges that they left for us were on point. Men – take seriously those challenges that were issued at Peak Challenge and find other men – your “Band of Brothers” to hold you accountable to those things that you will tackle!
From whitewater rafting on the Arkansas to ATV touring at 12,000 feet…. from single track mountain biking to kayaking on Lake Dillon…. from catching rainbow trout to driving Jeeps across old mining roads… the men had the time of their lives!
For many, this was the first experience in the high country of Colorado. For others who had done this many times, it was a brand new experience that never gets old. Dads had such a great training ground for their sons, as these young men got to see Biblical manhood in action. Grandfathers were able to show their grandsons what it is all about to be a man of God. When we get men out of their normal trappings in life – away from the office and to do lists… when they can have a chance to dream, to play, to seek adventure, God allows their soul, their mind, their heart to see clearly what calling He has for them.
We have a whole year to reflect back on what God did at Peak Challenge 2010, who He allowed us to connect with and what He placed in our hearts to live out our faith as strong Christian men. Men – replay those times, those images in your heads throughout the year. Just as we built the cairn on the last night to remember what God has done for us, keep your hearts burning for the God that gave his only son to die for us – to take all of our sins on his back – and to redeem us so that we can be empowered to boldly lead in this world for his name.
Peak Challenge 2011 is coming up soon…. we want to see you there!