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“We simply tion. He felt an urgency pushing his recruiting efforts to help fulfil Vision 2025. It is a commitment embraced by Wycliffe International leaders in 1999, to see Bible translation started for all the remaining languages that need it by 2025. NextGen was meeting many interested “seekers� at colleges, seminaries and universities, but there was a problem. “We simply had very little to offer,� says Friesen. “I longed to give them something significant they could do now, without leaving Canada.� In addition, the ratio of young women versus young men who were interested in missions was disheartening. More than 80 per cent of Friesen’s ministry contacts were female students. What could be done to capture the hearts and imaginations of young men especially? After giving a seminar at a Bible college missions conference, part of that answer came to Friesen through a young male student: “He quipped, ‘You know the problem with you missionaries is that you hold seminars. We (guys) don’t do seminars. . . . We gotta do stuff!’ � Over the years, Friesen has enjoyed outdoor activities in the Rockies with his sons, encountering many adventure sportsminded young people. An uncanny thought flashed into his mind during one mountain hike—UIFTFBSFUIFTPSUTOFFEFEGPS IBSEDPSF#JCMFUSBOTMBUJPOJOJUJBUJWFTPOUIFGSPOUJFSTPGNJTTJPOT  Was there a way for Wycliffe, Friesen wondered, to do missions mobilization that meets such young people on their own turf, and somehow captures their hearts and imaginations for God’s heart for the nations? Now, the male student’s comment—to “do stuff �—struck Friesen as an “Aha!� moment. “So UIBU was the clincher for guys.� Just two weeks later came the middle-of-the-night brainwave at his home in Carstairs, Alta., which Friesen believes was Godinspired. As Friesen discussed the adventure race idea with his two sons, Wycliffe colleagues, friends and outdoor enthusiasts, the vision for Race to 2025 was born. Wycliffe needed somewhere to hold the race and someone qualified to host it. “We simply did not have the professional experience or even insurance to safely turn dozens of young adventure-seekers loose for two days on frigid mounMore On The Web:'PSNPSFBCPVU'SPOUJFS tain rivers and sheer 10-storey -PEHF WJTJUXXXGSPOUJFSMPEHFDB cliffs,� says Friesen. “God led us to Frontier Lodge, a Christian outdoor adventure camp with 50 years experience in the Rocky Mountains. It proved to be ‘a perfect match made in heaven!’ �

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Word Alive Magazine - Spring 2010  

From adventure racing in the Rockies to Vision Trips in South Asia, Wycliffe Canada engages young adults in the Bible translation movement.

Word Alive Magazine - Spring 2010  

From adventure racing in the Rockies to Vision Trips in South Asia, Wycliffe Canada engages young adults in the Bible translation movement.

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