What an amazing weekend we had at our Louisiana Chapter’s annual canoe program this past weeked.   God provided some great weather, young men, and mentors as we spent time in His Creation.  We kicked things off Friday evening with a great spaghetti dinner and made some formal introductions. We officially welcomed five new young men to the program. Alex Evans, Brad Nicholson, Caleb Parker, Schylar Evans, and Tyler Newlin. We also had some special guest visit from Georgia. Jeff Davis, founder and president of Truth in Nature, and his wife Carrie came to help out and love on the boys for the weekend. We were glad to have them and can’t wait to see them again.   After all the introductions, we settled in around the campfire for a devotional and worship both lead by mentor Waylon Mills.   Not long after, we all turned in to get ready for an early morning.

Just after daybreak on Saturday morning, we loaded up and headed out to the Okatoma Outdoor Post in Seminary, Ms.   We hit the creek for a beautiful canoe trip down the Okatoma Creek.   After we hit a few good waterfalls we were ready to make a pit stop at the halfway point, where Mandy Rivers and Carrie Davis were waiting on use with a bite to eat.   After we had finished our meal, mentor Michael Thomas lead us in a great devotional about the “Priority of Love”.   After he closed with prayer, Program Director Michael Rivers and Brad Nicholson made their way down to the creek where Brad had decided to be obedient in believers’ baptism after being saved a few weeks prior at summer camp.   Afterwards we busted open a delicious Washington Parish watermelon for everyone to have a taste before we hit the canoes again.   As we made our way down the creek, we had one last big waterfall to brave.   Almost all the canoes made it over without flipping.  Well 11 out of 13 isn’t bad.   We took a few minutes for a little swim and for the boys to slide down the fall and jump off a small cliff into the fall before making our way to the final destination.

We pray that all involved walked away a little closer in their relationships with each other and most importantly in their relationship with Jesus.  We would like to thank all of our volunteers, both in front of and behind the scenes that made this program possible. We thank God for them and their efforts ad we give Him all the Glory.  Please continue to life up these outdoor ministry programs for single parent boys in your prayers including our boys and mentors.  You can see all the pictures by clicking the link below.

 2015 Louisiana Canoeing