I believe a lot of time the answers we need to get something done is close to us it is just too close for us to see. So journey with me and take a step back.  Not too far, you may fall, just close enough that you might say I can see that.
 
I love to be outside!  In recent years, it seems I spend more time wanting to be outdoors than in. Part of that maybe was as a kid, I played outside. I joined the Marines and spent most of my adult life camping in someone else’s country. Then God called me into military youth ministry and camping seemed to work, it was natural. Over time as I became more involved in Christian ministry, I discovered that people actually get degrees in this stuff that I thought everyone did. I have learned and I am still learning not everyone grows up going camping.

In Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, documents decreased exposure of children to nature in American society and how this "nature-deficit disorder" harms children and society. Louv examines the research and concludes that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. Who knew that a Nature-Deficit Disorder existed? Well, last summer, in my quest of being well rounded, I discovered a book, Christian Outdoor Leadership Theology, Theory, and Practice by Dr. Ashley Denton. It is full of great stuff encouraging youth workers, pastors, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus through solitude or adventure in the outdoors. I also read Robert E Coleman's, The Master Plan of Evangelism, a book based on Jesus' example of how he shared his faith and discipled others.  This is right up our path of relational ministry and responsible evangelism.

So your question is, Mike, where are you going with this? I am going outside.  Journey with me and let’s take military kids outside, not all the time, but whenever we can.  When it fits schedules. Not just for the sake of being outside, but for the sake of their soul, that they might meet the Creator of Creation and become more like Him.
 
by Mike Fishel
Mike and Chris serve as the leaders of the ministry at Fort Bragg. Mike also has responsibilities as a area Coordinator working with other Community Directors. Ft. Bragg is the home of 8,000 military kids and is the largest military installation east of the Mississippi. Pray for Mike as he seeks to establish Club Beyond on Fort Bragg that he would find favor in the eyes of chaplains, parents and students. Mike and Chris have two adult children Ashley and Daniel.
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