by Darlinda McDonald
On a Saturday morning this Fall, Navy Chief Steve Ware brought 16 enthusiastic Navy recruits to the Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course at Bill Rudge Ministries, for a grueling two and a half hour workout led by Chaplain Bill Rudge with assistance by three of his grandchildren, Moriah, Anneka, and Lucas. Overseeing the training with Chief Ware were Petty Officer First Class Ryan Perry and Petty Officer Second Class Lindsey Orosz.
During the physical training, each recruit was encouraged to put forth their best effort regardless of their ability. Equally important to the individual challenge was the emphasis on teamwork. Chaplain Rudge also reminded the recruits to be mindful of their emotional and spiritual health in order to keep their lives in balance and to reach their maximum potential. It was inspiring to observe all of the recruits tackle each obstacle with vigor and a positive spirit. After completing the course twice, each recruit had the privilege of ringing the victory bell in congratulations for their excellent efforts. We are blessed to be one of a very few ministries that has access to the schools and the opportunity to work with and train military personnel.