A Peak Performance to Give Urban Youth Options

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Posted by bruce on August 10th, 2012 at 10:34 am

By God’s grace and tender mercies, we just summited Mount Katahdin at 9:42 this morning. We are exhilarated! It rained all night, but we had clear weather this morning. Coming up the mountain, we got into a fog bank, and we’re at the top of the mountain in that fog bank right now.

Mount Katahdin is a grueling climb, but we did it! We accomplished it—2,184 miles! We have completed our through hike. We have been hiking since March 17, through one state after another, and now we are finished! We are through hiking.

We look forward to seeing you at the post-hike celebration Thursday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Allegheny Center Alliance Church for refreshments. The Urban Impact singers will perform, and we’ll give you some of our reflections at that time.

We appreciate your support and your prayers. This has been such a team effort. We have felt your support all along the way. We’ve done it with you as a fresh wind in our sails and with God’s strength and His presence with us each day. Thanks so much, and we look forward to seeing you all. God bless.

Note: While Paula and I are out on the trail, several volunteers are helping me post content here. We thank you for the support you're expressing in the comments, although our sporadic Internet access doesn't allow us to reply immediately to everyone.

18 Responses to Victory!



  2. Balloons, trumpets, noisemakers, acrobats and a Hallelujah Chorus to both of you. And unimaginable feat. Well done. Looking forward to seeing you on August 16, and whatever God has in mind next. Rest and recover
    Graham and Eileen

  3. Art & Kathy Bufo |

    YEAH!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!! and many thanks to God for protecting you both on the journey. We are so proud of you, LOVE you both very much. Get some rest, get some food and Paula enjoy your Birthday tomorrow. All our love! Kathy & Art

  4. What a victory!!! You two are living my dream and I’ve been with you every mile!!
    GOD IS GOOD!!!

  5. Laurie & Roger Dhonau |

    Congratulations! We always knew you were both first class — and now we see the proof — neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night (nor bears nor flu nor stumbling boulders!) could keep you from the swift completion of your appointed journey. We are so happy for both of you and can’t wait to celebrate with you on Thursday evening!


    Laurie & Roger

  6. CONGRATS!!! I have been praying for you both and am so impressed with your determination and success! Thank you, God, for protecting Bruce and Paula on this journey.

    Not sure I can make the reception, but I’d love to catch up in the near future.

    Susie Emmett

  7. Keith and shelly |

    Praise God! What an accomplishment! Our thoughts and prayers have been with you every grueling step of the way. To God be the Glory. All of our love always p.s. happy Birthday, Paula!

  8. What an inspiration you two truly are for the rest of us. I cannot attend the celebration Thursday evening (at Robert Morris again) but I’m celebrating in my heart now !! Give me a shout when you find some time and we’ll celebrate on our own. Let His light shine, Bob & Carolyn

  9. Jeff & Robin Tobias |

    CONGRAT’S Bruce & Paula!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A Hike WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God has Blessed You Both with this Achievement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And May HE Always Bless You!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t WAIT to see You Both!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!

  10. Congratulations! What a wonderful adventure! You have inspired me to make my attempt next summer. Wish I could join you on the 16th. Hopefully we can connect in September.

  11. John & Lori Hayes |

    Great to hear you both made the trek and finished so quickly, or so it seems to us. I’m sure it does not feel like it was that way for both of you. God has blessed your travels and I’m sure you are ready for some good food and a number of days without the long up-hill battle.

    Blessings on your trip back over the next few days.

    John & Lori

  12. Vince & Loretta |

    WOW! You did it. Praise the Lord! We will see you at the celebration… can’t wait to hear some of your stories. You inspire us.

  13. Congratulations Bruce and Paula! I look forward to following up with you in the future on your “tent maker” change in ministry. I think it is wonderful!
    Tom England (Moses)