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The world is changing.

Arab Spring. Kony 2012. 58. Occupy Movement. Some good, some not so good… but there is a great awakening going on in our world. Today, there are great opportunities to make a real difference.

For over 30 years, Wilderness Trek has essentially remained the same. I’m not saying that is all bad by any means…the core Trek experience is one that is powerful and has touched many lives. Trek’s past has been blessed with tremendous people. But last year, as a ministry, we awoke and found ourselves in the midst of crisis. The primary reason: the same fundraising techniques, the same operating model and communication methods that have been in place for decades were no longer effective nor serving the ministry well. Over the past few months we’ve challenged ourselves to build on the strengths of Trek while remaining the very best stewards of what God has entrusted to us. It has not been easy… but change never is. As David said to Solomon “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.”

Exercise your faith.

I don’t believe that God has called us to a life of complacency and comfort. I’m sure you would agree. We believe Trek can challenge us and empower us to achieve heights and summits never imagined. Perhaps Trek of the future will not only provide a fresh perspective of ourselves, but of the world around us. Perhaps Trek can help us all be a catalyst for change, for ministry. We are not going away… Trek will be back, strong and prepared for the next 30 years and beyond. Help us honor God by making a difference in lives through the ministry of Trek. Exercise your faith. Spread the word. Join the discussion. Ask everyone you know that has been touched by Trek to follow us online. Help us re-engage those from Trek’s past that have lost touch with this ministry and help us re-shape the future of Trek. Join us on our journey this year and follow what’s happening on Twitter, Facebook and by checking out our blog for updates and requests for your inputs. That’s what we need now.

First step: Get to 1,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter asap! There are thousands of Trek alumni, parents & prayer warriors, so it should be easy!  Follow us today and ask others!

First and foremost, Trek belongs to GOD. But it also belongs to YOU. I look forward to our continued journey together….

In Him,


Eccl 3 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…. a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to tear down and a time to build….  a time to keep and a time to throw away… a time to tear and a time to mend…”


  1. Posted on March 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm by Jennifer W

    rich – I’ll be turning the big 4-0 in two days. it’s been 25 years since my FIRST trek experience. And I want you & the board to know it saved my life. Eternally. I had been saying “NO” to God for years & years but on that mountain, feeling alone sometimes & yet smothered by God’s infinite creation… his wooing gave way to GRACE. LOVE. RELATIONSHIP. I will always love & cherish Wilderness Trek. God used it in a mighty way so I would WANT to say “YES!!”
    And knowing I’m not the only one – I think…how many lives has my life touched? How about the other thousands of teenagers who chose to say “YES” to their Lord on those mountains…how many lives have been touched…been saved? I’d like to think we’ll have quite a reunion some day. On that one great day. 🙂
    God bless-

  2. Posted on March 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm by Rich Van Eaton

    Thanks Jennifer! The beauty of being in God’s creation is that the veil of distractions, noise, etc isn’t there. You can’t help but feel “smothered” and surrounded by Him as you said so well. I truly believe it’s as close a glimpse into heaven as we’ll get here on this earth. Thanks so much for sharing! We desperately want to hear from former Trekkers just like you as we build this online community and re-engage former Trekkers. I think there is a lot we can share and encourage each other with as we revisit our Trek experiences!

  3. Posted on April 7, 2012 at 5:33 am by Jean


  4. Posted on April 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Denise Lewis

    My first Trek was with Mobberly Avenue Church of Christ back in ’81 or ’82 and I went for the next 5 years through some years of college with Abilene Christian. Those moments of Trek made a big impact on me. I learned a lot of lessons on those mountains. I learned that my physical body could be pushed more than I ever thought, I learned I could be a leader and I learned to work together in a team. Singing and worshiping God outside in that setting was precious. Bobby and Jolene Woods had a passion for their mission to lead young people on a spiritual and physical experience they would never forget. It was undeniable that they loved what they did and they loved us. It’s rare to find people would devote so much time to teenagers and young adults and have such a joy for it. It’s something that I will never forget and will always cherish, those moments and the people. I hope that Trek can continue on and be a special time for many more young people. It’s needed more now than ever.

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