Well, this is it. A trip of a lifetime! We have decided to climb Mount Kilamnjaro in Tanzania, departure set for August 14, 2012. The average person thinks we’re crazy and some moutaineers say, “it’s really no big deal.” But it’s a big deal to us for many reasons; phrases such as “third world country,” “mega-distance from home,” “offspring abandonment” and “mucho monetary committment” are the very first that come to mind. But yes! It will be a physical and mental challenge for us. But we’re doing it anyway, refusing to live the safest life possible, for many reasons (not necessarily in order of priority):
1. We love the outdoors. We especially love mountains. It’s the feeling you get when you’re out in the middle of nowhwere and you just completely download from life. Do you know that feeling? We live in one of the largest metropolitan cities in the U.S. (Dallas/Fort. Worth, TX) and you can feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle around you. That is why we like to travel get outside to where we can immediately feel still in God’s presence.
2. We want to go on a spiritual journey. Mount Kilamnjaro is a really a metaphor for mountains that need to be overcome in our own lives. Everyone has them, and we are certainly no different. We are Christ followers who are active in our faith, and we believe God will be working things through us in preparation for and during our expedition. As we have prayed, it has been more and more clear to us what he wants to do in us individually. More about this in future posts.
3. We want to help others. Our participation in this trek will allow opportunities to help a bigger cause. We’re headed to one of the poorest areas on our plant, and we can’t contemplate traveling there without pouring our hearts out to them. We named this blog, “Will Climb 4 Food” because we want to raise funds for families in need of the very basic necessities in life. It’s hard for us to imagine not being able to provide the very basics for our children such as food or water. Could you imagine? We live in the land of the plenty, and we are so sheltered from all the famines that are currently going on in other parts of the world. So from now until August 2012, we have a goal to raise $10,000 for the animal and agriculture fund at World Vision. We will talk more about this in future posts, but do check out our fundraising page and help us start with a generous donation. 🙂
4. We want to defy our age. We both turned 40 this year and sarcopenia is already setting in. That basically means the same workout regimen today will not yield the same results as it did yesterday. This trek will give us just the push we need to take our fitness to the next level. We’ll use Angela’s nutrition expertise to maximize our results.
Our hope is that anyone who reads this blog goes on this journey with us in some or all of these areas. What is the mountain in your own life? I know you have at least one. We will be writing very candidly about the physical challenges in training, and also the emotional and spiritual challenges that we seek to overcome as we trust God on this journey. Will you join us?
Answering the call,
Jeff & Angela <><