Wildmen Kansas - Boot Camp
Men all over the world are leading Wild at Heart Boot Camps, and countless men are being set free. Wildmen Kansas recently hosted a weekend Boot Camp and shared with Ransomed Heart how God came that weekend, through a company of men, and how he is still moving in the men who attended. Read here:
Dallas Willard once described the Kingdom of God as “The Effective Range of the Will of God.” In other words, where what God wants to be done is being done. There is no doubt that what happened this weekend at Timber Lakes Camp was the expansion of God’s Kingdom! After this weekend’s retreat, the hearts and trajectories of the lives of many man were changed because of the Gospel going forth to them with clarity and power!
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…” (Phil 1:3-5) Words can hardly express how encouraging and challenging it was for all of us to know that you have been praying for us fervently during the entire event. THANK YOU for your faithfulness!
There were many shed tears - from many eyes that have not been allowed to weep for decades - as the men heard about this Jesus whom we love. Seasoned, silver-haired men would come up to us and say, “Thank you for what you are doing here,” with tears streaming down their faces. Many of the men attending the event had never been to any kind of men’s retreat AT ALL, and this was their first taste of the power of a company of men gathered together to seek the face of God together. It was stunning - and very disruptive for many of them.
The weekend started with the potential of great theft - a grass fire got out of control and threatened to consume a few cabins on the edge of the camp property. Before our first session on Friday afternoon, about a dozen men grabbed rakes and dove into the fray to save the cabins! Fighting against the licking flames, heavy smoke and wind, we raked aggressively around the edges of the fire to contain it in about 30 minutes. Again, some of the men involved with that team effort had never been a part of a company of men. TRIAL BY FIRE indeed!
There is still much work to be done. Kansas is filled with men who need the healing, discipleship, counseling and deliverance that only Jesus can give. But we believe that the fire of the Gospel generated this weekend will create chain reactions that will go forth through the lives of this small Company of men that will continue to bring more men and their families closer to Jesus!
A FEW RESPONSES FROM THE MEN WHO ATTENDED:
Would you please keep myself and my family in your prayers. My father was killed in the Harveyville Tornado [3 days after the retreat]. I along with my cousin (who also attended) believe that God sent us to your camp for a reason and this is as good a reason as any. Thanks.
Two guys we went with had a tremendous break through. One guy dealing with passiveness...he was tore up during that session and claimed he had allergies because of the strange leaks coming from his eyes. He is a new believer and is figuring out what a Christian man is supposed to look like. He loved the weekend after being reluctant about going...He told me the day after he was ready for the next one. Another guy...dealing with "not good enough", at our campfire he broke down because he feels like he is the loser in his family because he has not been going to church or has his family in church. He admitted he does not have anyone to talk to...he is floating with no real authentic male relationships. Dude was absolutely broken. Because the 2nd guy shared the first guy shared...it was awesome and real. The campfire was where it happened...we had to just get our guys alone so they could open up and they did.
I have always loved God and have known him as my savior but this was the first time that I have actually Walked with God and talked to God and listened to Him. From the time that I spent with you guys this weekend I have found that there is more than just knowing and believing. This weekend I actually spoke to the Father and opened my heart to him wounds and all and I feel that he has started to heal my broken heart. I know that this isn't going to happen overnight but I am hoping that I have met some guys from the trip that I will be able to call my band of brothers.
I had an incredible time of conviction that will help me move forward, seek my families forgiveness and bring healing. All of my father wounds I have passed onto my family…but I now have realized it, and am in a position to bring God's healing to them...it's all God! And, the session with the beauty...I finally got a profound truth...my wife wants me to include her on our team...and not just be responsible for her...huge...huge...and... I tap out...God, I tap out... and... I've been on Omaha Beach sitting in a lawn chair sleeping. Now I'm in the battle...and...I came home and my wife had been under attack the entire weekend, she was getting a huge headache. I had been challenged by you men to pray against anything that might be spiritually oppressing her...I was so scared to ask her if I could pray for her...so scared...but I did...God was there...and I was encouraged again to be the man God created me to be. Reminding that I'm His son and He wants to father me...even in my "old" age He delights in me...really...amazing...amazing. God bless you men...powerful...powerful...all God...all God!!!!! Powerful weekend!
The retreat was a big hit to me. I needed both the encouragement to do the right things and insight on Sonship. I could even benefit going through the same material again soon, and then again. I'm a slow learner and usually learn the hard way - through mistakes that hurt. The retreat material gave me good information I needed to relate to my family and to be the spiritual leader. That will take time and I need reminders.