It began in 1996 as the Fall Openhouse. From 2005-11 it was the Fall Excursion with train rides into the gorge. The mid-October Sunday event grew into the Fall Family Fun Day from 2012-16 offering family-friendly activities and attractions, and in 2016 hosting the first annual Goliath at the Gorge race. This year, expanding to two days, the annual event began on Saturday morning with more than 350 runners in the Goliath at the Gorge race with summer-like conditions. The leaves were not as colorful as hoped for, but there was much to fill a day with great memories...including train rides through the gorge, funnel cakes, crafts, brick oven pizza, Unimog rides, bloomin' onions, horseback rides, climbing tower, games, and cotton candy, and more!
Dwight and Carol Martin are our SOWER volunteers working here during the month of October. Dwight and Carol are from Hendersonville, TN and have served as SOWERs for 12 years. They are a part of a long list of wonderful, energetic retirees who travel the country pulling their RVs (for some, their only home) doing service projects for hundreds of Christian organizations. Doe River Gorge has benefitted greatly over the years from countless hours of generous and valuable help of retired couples volunteering their time and skills.
Seven couples representing two traveling service organizations, SOWERS and RVICS, are here for the month of April doing volunteer work to help prepare the campus for the summer camp season. These wonderful, energetic retirees travel the country pulling their RVs (for some, their only home) doing three-week service projects for hundreds of Christian organizations. Doe River Gorge has benefitted greatly over the years from countless hours of generous and valuable help of retired couples volunteering their time and skills.
The Wild at Heart Boot Camp is a quest into the recovery of the masculine soul. Through engaging teaching sessions, times of quiet reflection, adventures and downtime, you will discover something profound about the heart of God and the heart He gave you as a man.
Ever since we were boys, we had a longing to explore. We long to return to that time, because it’s when most men come alive. Adventure, with all its danger and wilderness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of a man. The masculine heart needs a place where nothing is prefabricated, modular, nonfat, on-line, cellular, on e-mail or in meetings. Where there is room for the heart fully alive.
Jeff Smythe, program staff member since 1999, traveled with a group of 13 from his church, their fourth trip, to serve with the orphanage ministry of Fundaniños. A focus of these trips is to encourage the orphanage staff. Often groups come to work with the kids but the staff is overlooked.
Jeff and the group also connected with missionary Tim Martiny. Tim and his family minister to a slum area in the south part of the capital city and provides vocational classes for children and their parents. Tim utilizes a one-room building that provides a safe place for Bible classes, typing, computer, and tutoring.
During a visit at Tim’s classroom ministry, an orphanage in the same neighborhood had a riot. The resident youth were protesting the horrible conditions and abuse characteristic of the government-run institution. After the dust had settled, it was revealed that nearly 40 girls had died in the fire set during the turmoil. Through the sadness and shock, the fact was very evident of the difference an orphanage done in the name of Christ can make.
Exponential interns travel to serve in Costa Rica for ten days at Camp La Cumbre.They will assist in two programs at the mountain camp. one session is a ministry to children with terminal cancer, and the second session is with a German school where the team will facilitate activities similar to those of the summer Adventure Quest programs at Doe River Gorge.
Exponential is a one-year program with a focus on developing life and ministry skills, and includes classroom and on-the-job training.
Nine year NFL veteran, Wallace Francis, returned to Doe River Gorge to conduct training for the EXPONENTIAL internship program, a one year resident leadership program for college-aged students.
Since his retirement from the Atlanta Falcons in 1982, Francis has devoted his life to disciple youth in their Christian faith and to equip leaders in local churches and ministries. Francis has been a popular speaker at our annual Father-Son retreat. His sessions with the EXPONENTIAL interns focused on biblical leadership principles using analogies from his football and life experiences.
DRG president, Terry Maughon, is excited to offer this caliber of training to the interns. "Wallace Francis is a man of God and an excellent bible teacher who desires to mentor young men and women. He has a wealth of knowledge and life lessons that he can pass on to our students. It is an honor to have him teach us."