Faith Moves Mountains Bro

Last Saturday, we set out on what we thought would be a “leisurely hike” up Monte Cristi. When we pulled up, it was rainy and cold, but we decided to hike anyways. About five minutes in, our expectations were shattered.

The path before us was rocky and nearly straight up. For nearly two hours, we climbed, we slipped, and we fell. There were many laughs, some tears, and a whole lot of mud. We were so relieved when we finally reached the top, but just wait…

In order to get down the mountain, we had to sit on our butts and slide because it was so muddy. Whenever we slid, we were careful to avoid rocks and trees. By the end of the hike everyone was covered head to toe in mud.

Climbing Monte Cristi was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. Not only was it an adventure, but a learning experience. Our team learned to rely on God not just literally, but figuratively. Several of my teammates talked about how they practiced praying without ceasing both up and down the mountain.

Personally, I was reminded that nothing is too big for God. If He can both form Monte Cristi and protect my team going up and down it, who am I to say that my problems or the problems of this world are too big for Him?


I’ve learned so much throughout this trip from experiences outside of our assigned ministry, because God so often gives us sweet reminders when we aren’t even looking. Monte Cristi may have challenged me physically, but more importantly it challenged me and my team to trust God as we climb the mountains before us.

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed.” Says the Lord. – Isaiah 54:10


– Emma Rhodes

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