Jackson steps up to the edge of the frigid, fog-covered water wearing only water-shoes and his swim trunks. It's mid-March and the frost hasn't even melted off their tarps yet. He shoots a glance up the gravel bar past his nine companions and towards the DM instructors-- also in swimwear. Jackson is pretty nervous about being the leader of the day, but knows he must set his group up for success today.
"Everyone ready... on the count of three..." he shouts. "ONE... TWO... THREE!"
The entire group bounds and screams into the water, gasping through icy splashes-- a riot of uncontrolled laughter and clamorous screams.
As the wilderness trip continued in spite of my failure, I began to wonder if perfection was as important as I thought it was. This led me to search the scriptures in depth on the subject when I got home, and after several weeks of study I began to grasp a new truth–that God was more interested in my perseverance than in my perfection. God wanted me to continue to draw closer to him, to continue to obey him, to continue to serve him regardless of how often I turned away from him, disobeyed him, or performed poorly in my service to him.
CHALLENGE EXPEDITIONS ARE LIKE THAT.
Shocking but exhilarating. Eye-opening but uncomfortable. Risky but rewarding. Discovery Ministries instructors function like the best coaches, pushing you to do more and grow faster than you would left to yourself--physically, mentally and spiritually. If you want to firmly establish a team or press your group to a breakthrough, consider a Challenge Expedition.