For the 3rd year in a row, we were able to host the Mighty Man Mudder on our uncle’s farm. It is a mud run geared at elementary and middle school aged kids. The kids were mostly from our CC campus, our church family, and friends. The first year there were 40 participants, then 50 the next year, and 77 this year.
Kids listening to the devotional about being adopted and becoming children of God.
Singing as people were arriving. My favorite song was “Child of the One True King”.
Lining up at the start.
On your marks. Get set. Go!
Before the run, we had a devotional about adoption and how we are children of God. We also included a chart about adoption on the back of this year’s completion certificates.
I feel very blessed to be able to organize this event each year. Many of our friends and family help out during the week leading up to the event. Each year God has given me the energy and creativity to develop new obstacles. This year we had 26 obstacles in the 0.75 mile course.
I love seeing the excitement as a child completes an obstacle that they did not think they could do. After the run was over, most of the kids stayed and kept trying obstacles. Occasionally I would see a child run to their parents shouting, “Did you see that? I did it!”
I am continually amazed how the Lord continues to match the activities that I love with ministry opportunities. (Disc golf is my favorite sport, and this year God has connected me with Eagles Wings – a Christian disc golf ministry.)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Many of the pictures for this post were graciously provided by Beth Watson from Pockets Full Of Rocks.
Crossing the Tire Swings. This obstacle was very difficult if you lost you momentum.
Climbing through the Cheerios. This was the medium sized one.
Tangled Up. The ropes stretch, but still takes some effort to get through.
The rolling log. Most people found this quite difficult, but one of the moms made it across before the race – while holding her coffee.
Another attempt at the Rolling Log.
The kids swung on the Bag Swing and let go to fly across the finish line.
The oldest group going through High Stepping.
Running to the next obstacle
Entering the Army Crawl. Of course we added some mud.
Some kids really enjoy getting muddy.
Just a little mud.
On the far side is a trampoline. The goal was to jump over the pool, but some kids jumped in on purpose.
The easy side of the Log Hop.
One of 2 walls that the competitors had to climb over.
The Broken Bridge was a simple obstacle, but many kids really liked it.
Going up the Climbing Wall.
Transferring from the climbing wall to the rope.
Because of the incline, many competitors found it easier if they used their feet.
Transferring from the Monkey Bars to the rope.
Coming down the rope
Entering the Corn Maze.
Some of the young ones crossing the Aerial Bridges.
The Warped Wall is a favorite for many of the kids. There is a 7 foot section and a 10 foot section.
Running up the Warped Wall
Scaling the 10 foot section of the Warped Wall.