Harry McSween here:
There has already been an update from our rock climbing trip this semester, but I figured another couldn’t hurt. I was out with the students on this trip, and let me tell you we had a blast! We had 2 picture perfect days of short top rope climbing and 2 monster rappels both close to 150 feet! After that a couple days of rain kept it gloomy for a little while, but the sun came out and a typical Table Rock wind of 30 mph dried the rock off very quickly for us on our multi-pitch day. On our multi-pitch day each student was able to climb at least 300 vertical feet and summit Table Rock which offered some spectacular views that day. The next 2 days we spent bouldering at Rumbling Bald; sometimes it is nice to climb without your feet being so far off the ground. We had a lot of fun here and I posted some pictures of some crazy things we tried while we were there.
The teaching on the trip was fantastic as well. The rain that dampened our climbing gave us a lot of time to pursue each other in relationships, spend time reading The Word, and listen in on a lot of teaching. Some students taught lessons to the rest of the group on topics like: Why is the virgin birth an important doctrine to uphold? and Why was the death of Jesus necessary to pay for our sins? It was great listening to these guys teach and encourage each other. Also, I had the privilege to teach on Spiritual Disciplines, and these guys and girls were eating it up. It is so encouraging for me to see these young adults practice what they hear so quickly; by the end of the trip many of the students had started memorizing large portions of scripture.
I couldn’t have asked for a better trip than this. To be able to teach the word, build relationships with other believers, encourage the body, and rock climb… You just can’t beat it!
The OLD Schoolers are out caving right now. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue through the book of Ephesians.