Some friendly competition can go a long way with a group of men. On the last weekend of April, Saint Paul’s Outreach put on Man Wars: an annual men’s event held on farmland in northwest Ohio.
Man Wars was originally thought of as a way to do some strong-man style competition, while having time for brotherhood building. This was our fourth year. We had two teams of eleven men, each supporting their teams in different kinds of strength. Our events were capture the flag, a truck pull, a straw bale toss, skeet shooting, a log carry, crawling through a maze made from straw bales, kickball, and a foot race. It was a great time, and the men certainly came together as brothers during their time of competition.
In particular, the log carry is always the hardest and most rewarding event of the weekend. After two men cut down a tree, it was split into two sections for each team to carry almost half a mile down a farm lane. The logs are very heavy, and the entire team must work together in order to get down to the finish line. While my team was not the one to win this event, the reliance on my brothers in Christ while carrying the log could not have been more evident during the ten minutes we were walking and jogging towards the finish.
Driving home on Saturday evening, one of the students who came along from Ohio State said that Man Wars “definitely lived up to its billing.” I have always loved the competition, fun, and brotherhood of the weekend, and I am glad to see that this weekend has remained a big part of our men’s outreach each spring in Columbus.
-Jacob Doran, OSU Mission Leader