Power Fasting

Bill Rudge

At the beginning of January, Karen and I fast for a week or more as we pray through our Personal, Family, and Ministry Prayer and Fasting lists. This is an intense; special time of prayer and Scripture study to seek the Lord’s direction and goals for the coming year.

Similar to the principle of lifting weights, I tear myself down physically, emotionally and spiritually through fasting – only to be rebuilt – stronger for the new year. Along with the tremendous spiritual benefits, there are some amazing physical and mental benefits.

At the age of 30 my health was eroding. The indulgent, injurious lifestyle of my younger years were catching up with me. So I prayed, “Lord, if You want me to continue in the ministry, I need Your help.” I am convinced that the Lord honored that earnest prayer by leading me into fasting and nutrition. As a result, I have seen tremendous benefits in obeying His biblical principles of health and fitness.

Many Christians and Christian leaders needlessly suffer from the consequences of being undisciplined, overindulgent and from violating God’s natural health laws. God is calling for a body of believers who will not only serve Him wholeheartedly but also walk in discipline and self-control. Remember, we are not to be mastered by anything or anyone but Him.

Throughout Scripture, the people of God have faced insurmountable circumstances and obstacles. When they humbled themselves and sought the Lord with all their hearts, through prayer and fasting, He intervened in miraculous ways.

I can testify that what was written in the Bible thousands of years ago is true because I have witnessed the God of the Bible do some awesome things in my life and ministry. I have documented in my personal records numerous accounts of supernatural intervention in the midst of impossible situations, and recorded many of the lessons the Lord has taught me. The Impossible (a record of my life and ministry) and Adventures In Missions (a record of my mission trips) are laced with miraculous accounts of what has occurred as a result of fasting, prayer, faith and obedience.

Bill’s e-book, Fasting for Sensitivity and Power is available free of charge at billrudge.org or for purchase at amazon.com.

Marines Get Down and Dirty

Gunnery Sergeant Michael Kaufman recently coordinated a group of 35 Marine Recruits (from the Pittsburgh, Hermitage, New Castle and Cranberry areas) and four other Recruiting Sergeants to bring them to the Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course. Bill Rudge led them through two hours of intense training, challenges and competition for the recruits. Helpers Teenie Blystone, Dick Hetrick, Joshua Lozier, Ken Ridgley, BJ Rudge, Lucas Rudge and Moriah Rudge aided in various ways . The recruits, some soon to leave for boot camp, were under the watchful eye of the five Recruiting Sergeants. The participants enthusiastically rose to the challenge of the course.

Bill Rudge has run this obstacle course free of charge for many youth and adult groups and organizations such as high school athletic teams, church groups, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Army, Navy, Marines and Mission Teams. Bill adjusts the level of intensity for each group’s specific goals and circumstances.

Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course

Kennedy Catholic Girls’ Soccer Team make their way through the Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course at Bill Rudge Ministries.

Kennedy Catholic Girls’ Soccer Team

Bill and family, Thank you very much for having the KC soccer team at your obstacle course [last summer]. Thank you also for your family of volunteers. The girls and coaches really learned from the experience. – Coach A. M.

Comments from players:

I really enjoyed the challenges during the course. – L. L.

I really enjoyed The Wall. It really helped our team trust another more. – R. P.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to bond and get to know everyone better through your course. – G. L.

Thank you for teaching us lifelong lessons! – B. L.

I really enjoyed the team building experience you gave us. – A. D.

Thanks for having us. I really enjoyed the course and challenging myself. – K. P.

Thank you for teaching us how to physically challenge ourselves and for teaching us life lessons! It was so fun! – A. M.

This year’s Obstacle Course opens Wednesday, May 1, with a group of Cub Scouts. For more pictures and information about the Obstacle Course, visit the website billrudge.org/ministries/ultimatechallengeobstaclecourse.

Facing Challenges with Enthusiasm

by Darlinda McDonald

DSC_0002Despite the predicted thunderstorms, the Hickory Girls Varsity Soccer team arrived to blue skies at the Bill Rudge Ministries Ultimate Challenge & Obstacle Fitness Course last week. As usual, Bill began the session instructing the team about safety as well as life lessons that they would learn as they traversed the course. The girls attacked each station with great enthusiasm even when faced with difficult challenges. Teamwork was emphasized as they helped each other scale “the wall” and went through numerous stations to develop agility, balance, endurance, strength and courage, then laughed their way through the “blanket chariot race,” refrigerator box, and tug-of-war games.

BRM has coordinated the obstacle course activities for many school athletic teams, mission and youth groups, military personnel and other organizations as well as families. For more information and pictures visit the Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course on our web site at http://www.billrudge.org.

Up to the Challenge

by Darlinda McDonald

The Kennedy Catholic girls’ soccer team was up for the challenge at Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course this week. The girls listened intently as Bill gave them instructions for the course interspersed with lessons that could be applied to their lives as well. They met each obstacle with strength and determination using both arm and leg muscles to accomplish the goals. The girls also learned the importance and value of teamwork as they faced the challenge of scaling the wall and enjoyed the “blanket chariot race” and tug-of-war.

BRM invites school athletic teams, church groups, and military members as well as families to use the obstacle course. E-mail the ministry center at brm7@me.com to make an appointment

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The Ultimate Challenge

This past spring, summer and fall many individuals and groups tested their skills at the Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course. Sports teams, military personnel, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, those preparing for mission trips, as well as groups of friends from work or school, faced the challenges of the obstacle course at BRM.

The Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course provides an exciting way to develop total fitness by motivating youth and adults to reach their maximum potential physically, mentally and spiritually.

The U.S. Army assisted Bill Rudge in guiding and encouraging two different high school soccer teams through the course before the soldiers and new recruits embarked on their own physical training with Bill.

The response has been outstanding. Everyone listens intently as Bill shares about choices, courage, self-control, and determination. Bill often interjects aspects of his personal testimony.

Army Assists at Obstacle Course

by Darlinda McDonald

The Hickory Boys’ Soccer and Sharpsville Girls’ Soccer teams as well as members and recruits of the U. S. Army tested their skills at the Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course in Hermitage. The Army assisted Bill as he guided the soccer teams through the course before they embarked on their own physical training. They also passed out U.S. Army water bottles to the teams afterward.

Bill challenged both the youth and adults to reach their maximum potential physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.