Navy Recruits Meet the Challenge

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.

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.

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.