Adventure is in my heart and soul. I realized this in 1990 while on a camping photo safari in Tanzania and Kenya. The Lord showed me that having a great personal adventure doesn't impact the world; sharing God's love in tangible ways......... does!
I learned what this looked like as I journeyed on 17+ mission trips, and through leading numerous impact-adventure trips through a company I founded called Global Trek. The places we traveled were: Himalayas of Nepal to the Andes and Amazon of Peru. We built orphanages in the ghettos of Nairobi, Kenya after summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. We provided compassion & aid to the people of Kao Lak, Thailand after the Tsunami of 2004 and motorcycled through the Himalayas to share the gospel. We shared the gospel with local Amazonian tribes and went on canoeing adventures. God was revealing His heart for what a life sold out to Him could look like...a life of ADVENTURE BEYOND MEASURE!! My beauty to rescue is my amazing wife, Laurie and my "warrior in training" is my son, Matthew.
The vision for Montana Wild began in the 80's when I wanted to have a cabin in the wilderness where I could share Christ, bring inner city kids, family, and friends to enjoy God's majesty. The vision grew in the 90's when I was living in Lakeside, Montana in Bible school with Youth With A Mission. The vision is based on Isaiah 61:1 "..the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives"... I had a specific vision of a ranch as a base camp that would bring together
adventure and restoration , a place where people would get alone with God , build intimacy with Him and be trained to impact a hurting world. It would be a place of refuge for those on the front lines of battle of life to rise as Warriors!!.
At Montana Wild we desire to follow Christ's command to" ...GO and make disciples of all nations .."(Matt 28:19) as we journey the road less travelled . In our view it's living the greatest adventure with the highest impact. We are disciples of Christ desiring to follow His life of selfless Love, Humility, and Grace with extreme courage. Its not a life of pleasure we desire or promote...but to see Christ lifted high and made known among the nations...Its' a high calling with a high cost we all share as believers of Christ.
The first official Montana Wild adventure took place September 24 - 28, 2014. This was a 4-day adventure where we experienced the best of Montana including mountain biking, hiking, and fishing in Glacier National Park. In the evenings, we experienced life-changing teaching by Dr. Ron Smith, Founder of The School of Biblical Studies. All of this took place in a log cabin on the gorgeous shores of Flathead Lake.
Ron and Judy founded the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) in YWAM in 1981 with 8 students in Kona, Hawaii. From that beginning, SBS has conducted over 500 schools worldwide in the last 25 years and have trained somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 students. He is a prolific author, great man of God and awesome friend. Please visit his website discusstheology.com and sbsinternational.org for more information.
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