Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
How can a Grand Canyon River trip help understand how to take pleasure in distresses? You’ll have to read this three part article to find out!
I’ll never forget what happened a few years ago while floating down the Colorado River. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and hopefully will encourage you as it did me. I’ve been blessed to be able to lead trips down the Grand Canyon. I pray that you’ll be able to join me on one of these trips in the future because it is one of the top five classrooms on the planet!
Depending on the trip we can usually take up to 24 people down the river with us. With that many people we need to take two boats. Two boats means we need two leaders, or boatmen. Each boatman has an assistant called a swamper. The swamper has one of the most difficult jobs on the river. They are the first one up in the morning and the last one to bed at night—and the time in between is WORK, and I do mean work! They are long days that leave you very tired when the sun goes down.
Tom Vail, of Canyon Ministries was one of the boatmen on this trip. Tom is a longtime friend and has over 25 years of river experience. We’ve traveled together many times, but this trip was very special.
Read the rest at Reasons for Hope