Week 1

Wow! What an amazing experience so far! The mountains are beautiful here and the view is breath taking every time you walk out of the cabin.

On monday I drove five hours all the way to Maggie Valley NC to the Outdoor Mission Camp. I met the other SHERPAs and we jumped head first into training.

Tuesday began with a devotion and some quite time then a 2.5 mile hike up to Thunder Knob. It was a struggle for me to climb my way up this mountain. I was not acclimatized yet and I’m not in the best shape but it was fun and exciting. At the top we were able to look into Tennessee and we had fun walking across a long beam. I know that this is the first of many difficult hikes.

On Wednesday we continued our bonding through Challenge courses and just hanging out.

Thursday and Friday we began out WFA (Wilderness First Aid) training. We learned how to rescue someone who has suffered a sprain, break, spinal injury, dislocation, is unconscious, or has any kind of wound or cut. It was very intense, hard, and long but it was fun and at the end of the day we were certified.

Saturday we began our white water raft training on the Nantahala River. We ran it once switching guides all the way down. We spent four hours on the river and I got slightly sunburned. We did have one injury but it was not too serious and now the SHERPA has a great bruise she can boast about!

Today is Sunday and we went up to see some water falls on the Nantahala. It was a beautiful way to experience God’s creative power! I’m writing it post in a hurry because in twelve minutes we will be having our worship service. I will be writing soon in more detail. Much love!

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