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25 Years ~ March 15, 2018

I find myself a little overwhelmed. March 15, 1993 'it' began. When 'it' started, 'it' didn't have a name. Over the next year a name was determined, corporation papers submitted, excess medical coverage for participants obtained, nonprofit status applied for and gained. Why is BENCHMARK called BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries? It's not because I think we're the benchmark standard. Learn about [...]

By |March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Start Again

December is time for personal evaluation. January is for fresh implementation. I'm not much for New Year's resolutions. I prefer regular evaluation and direction correction. January started well with a renewed commitment to personal, spiritual journaling. I began training as scheduled on December 26 for my 19th 26.2-mile marathon and that continued. Though I've been reading Philippians for years, I [...]

By |February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

One of the most rewarding gifts…

Daniel Walley (in the red jacket) Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of serving with the BENCHMARK team on my first adventure ministry event, a father-son weekend. A friend of mine introduced me to James on a Tuesday and by Friday I was packed and leaving town. The drive up to rural Kentucky was beautiful and gave [...]

By |May 11th, 2017|1 Comment

I pray for him daily…

My story begins with meeting a young man named James.  James is in his early twenties and originated from Pennsylvania.  I was drawn to him because he was sifting through everything that was prepared and presented at the AT Kitchen site.  He would move from the food and snacks to the give away table and back to the food, and [...]

Being there…

I don’t usually go on the AT Outreach.  Historically it has been a dad/daughter trip in our family.  This year things were different.  I was going to have faith and trust that my husband, recovering from a serious heart attack, would be just fine there in the woods, near the trail, in the environment he loves.  I was not planning [...]

By |April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Cannot be explained medically

For those who may not know, a BENCHMARK champion collapsed from a heart attack on February 15 while on training run for his first United States Marathon. First of all, for those on BENCHMARK's Prayer Team who have been praying..thank you. Really, thank you. I've been slow to send this update becasue, 1. I've been trying to catch up on [...]

Best Trail Magic

On the second day of our 5 day backpacking trip in Virginia, we sat by beautiful Fox Creek sharing lunch with a middle aged female thru-hiker who was hiking by herself with support from her husband. As usual, I packed too much lunch and snack. Yes, it is possible to have too much on a backpacking trip. She was a [...]

16th Marathon, Still Learning from Doing

Much of my life of ministry revolves around learning from doing. It's something I'm practicing and still learning. More and more I understand how important it is. Doing and then learning from it is critical to growth. It's the idea of action / reflection. I've done some things but didn't well learn lessons I would have benefited from learning. I [...]

The 2015 Big Payback Event! (Click Here!)

The Big Payback is a community-wide online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee on May 5, 2015. This 24-hour online charitable giving day will help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise much-needed unrestricted dollars and bring awareness to pressing needs in our communities. If you would like to learn more, you can click on the bigpayback.org link below. [...]