“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (I Corinthians 9:24-27).
When my son, Josh, was 15, we attended a Father/Son Adventure week at WSS. I saw this as a time where we could get in some guy time as well as a chance to get into the Word of God. I was not disappointed. The 10-hour drive from South Carolina, arriving later in the day, made the first day a long one, but we settled into our new “shelter” and along with a few others drifted off to sleep with the company of all the night sounds of the woods and the scurrying little creatures, who we discovered also liked BBQ sunflower seeds.
There were 4 other Father/Son teams on this adventure, including our fearless leader, Colonel Bob. This was a GREAT WEEK of adventure, which included low ropes, high ropes, tying ropes, canoeing, hiking, rappelling, rock climbing, spelunking, and white water rafting. Climbing the 20-foot cargo net on the high-ropes course to the swinging beam along with my son, was a memorable highlight. We were sitting on the swaying beam after standing as conquerors of this feat, looking into each other’s face, sweat pouring off, and we shared the accomplishment of a difficult task. Smiles and hugs…PRICELESS!
Our time spent in the Bible, as we studied what it meant to become a Godly man, was also precious. Seeing this young guy grow into a man has been a pleasure and a treasure (He is now a Marine Captain). The OCF Conference Center at White Sulphur Springs provided a great place for us to relax, reacquaint, study, and refresh, in a beautiful setting among Godly staff whose goal is to serve the Lord.
That OCF can continue to meet the spiritual needs of military members and their families.
—Wayne A. Pavlischek