(CEM’s annual 15-day backpacking trip serves as an opportunity for our students and interns to unplug from the responsibilities and distractions of daily life and experience the great outdoors. CEM has been leading wilderness backpacking trips since its inception over 40 years ago.)
Read below for glimpses of how this 15-day backpacking trip in Tahoe National Forest with no toilet paper (and other essentials) rocked our world. Somedays we wanted to give in and give up, but instead we learned to look in and look up. To God be the glory.
There were days where I would wake up exhausted and remember that I smell like a garbage can and realize today we’re going to climb up and over a mountain and I would just want to give up. In those moments I was really tested to either accept my situation and persevere or throw a fit and give up…There are always going to be things you don’t want to do in life and [doing them] just comes with growing up and gaining maturity.
I went out on [the eight-hour] solo and took the advice someone told me. I was going to actually put my trust in God for the first time in my life and pray. I decided to just start writing prayers down, because I knew my mind would get distracted if I didn’t. I feel like that time was the first step to me starting to connect to God in a real way.
Want to see more photos from the 2017 Summer Wilderness Trip? http://www.christianencounter.org/wilderness-trip-2017.html