Youth Summit shows young adults the importance of teamwork and overcoming obstacles

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - It was a battle of the fittest at the Meridian Public Training Facility Saturday morning.

“we’ve got a youth group that’s going to come out, and they approached us about doing a Spartan style race with a few obstacles, little things like that, little mud pits. We have young kids coming out to challenge themselves to complete a course,” Doug Stephens from the Meridian Public Safety Facility said.

Over 50 Children and adult members of Freedom Rock Church took part in the thrilling multi-stationed course. The purpose of the summit is to promote team building skills and promote teachings of everyday life.

“I think the ministry side of things is that if you can accept these challenges and push through them, that that it’s just like other things in life. You know, setting things in life, setting goals and pushing through,” Stephens said.

“The bible declares that we’re supposed to compel them to come so we figured that this would be a great activity to get kids to come to this and through the love of Christ so that this can tie back into church,” Thomas Key from Freedom Rock Church said.

The towering walls and muddy waters were set as symbols of hurdles you must overcome though life, set to encourage growth in all areas.

“Also at our church we believe not in just the spiritual man but also the physical man so not only are we building them up spiritually, but we’re also building them up spiritually through this event,” Key said.

Despite the toughness set before them, the participants were able to cheer on their fellow members and reflect on the new memories made.

“It was easy, super easy,” one youth member said.

“Teamwork makes the dream work. 10 percent physical, 90 percent mental, and all together it’s teamwork,” another youth member said.

Members at Freedom Rock Church expects to continue this initiative, and make it an annual event.