Men's Ministry to host boot camp throughout Hays community

Extraction, a for-men-only boot camp training sponsored by the Men's Ministry of Christian Challenge at Fort Hays State University, will start at 5 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 18, at CrossPoint-Hays Church, 1300 Harvest Road.

Extraction is "an epic adventure quest of valor, honor, strength and mental fortitude to the house of light in enemy territory," according to the Men's Ministry Facebook page. It will start with snacks and a study about what it takes to be a real man.

"We're going to discuss and establish true leadership in love, service, integrity and honor," said Riley Voth, 2010 FHSU alumni and Christian Challenge Men's Ministry coordinator. "The focus will be one of establishing that, as a whole in our society, we've lost track of what it means to really be a man. We've compromised with culture and lost track of what God says growing out of boyhood really looks like."

After the study, the physical part of the night will start. The men are urged to bring "warm athletic clothes, a strong heart, a sharp mind and some perseverance." Voth said the nature of the physical training will be announced that night but checkpoints will be set up around the Hays community and will end at the FHSU Lighthouse, 505 W. Seventh, where pizza will be served at 7:30 p.m., and prizes will be awarded.

Men's Ministry, a branch of Christian Challenge, is trying to live out service within the community for more productive and Godly living.

"Our main objective is to make the most of our time we have with the hundreds of young men passing through this community every year," said Voth. "We want to train them to think better, live better and, above all, love Jesus Christ and others better."

Women can also get involved by volunteering to work the checkpoints or donate snacks and prizes.

Boot camp is the first of several training opportunities that will lay the foundation for "infantry training" later on in the semester. These training opportunities will connect the "how" while understanding the "why."

"Historically, movements in communities or nations are usually started by college students," said Voth. "We often dictate the culture. So, instead of just reacting to culture like Christians too often do, we're aiming to create the culture instead."

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, contact Voth at 620-391-7340 or

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