Last Friday, February 1st, boys from the Jal Church of God Royal Rangers outpost went on a day hike in Big Bend National Park. The group explored the Santa Elena Canyon, a glorious place, which includes sheer canyon walls as high as 1500 ft. on both sides of the Rio Grande. With perfect weather at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and only light winds, the boys spent several hours excitedly exploring the trail, climbing huge boulders, looking into small caves, throwing rocks in the Rio Grande, and often making more noise than was probably necessary. When the day was done, all of the rangers said the long drive down and back was definitely worth the trip. The group hopes to make another trip to the area soon, this time for an overnight campout. This recent trip was the Royal Rangers’ second day hike to Big Bend in the past few years.
The Royal Rangers is a discipleship and activities program that emphasizes the Golden Rule, faithful loving service to God, church and fellow man, and traditional American and Christian values. Its mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders. The Royal Rangers is designed to form godly character in young men in a highly relational and fun environment. The Ranger Pledge, which is recited by the boys in every meeting, says, “With God’s help, I will do my best to serve God, my church, and my fellow man. To live by the Ranger Code, to make the Golden Rule my daily rule.” The program was formed in 1962 as an auxiliary ministry of the Assemblies of God to K-12 schoolboys. The Jal Church of God Royal Rangers (New Mexico Outpost #109) was formed in 2015. Rangers who participated in the hike were Cris Gregg, Carson Chapman, Josiah Earp, Easton Obenhaus, Zane Nunez, Gabriel Earp, Diego Hernandez, and Elijah Earp. The outpost is led by Pastor John Earp and his wife Jaime. Any boys or parents interested in more information about Royal Rangers can contact Pastor Earp at 505-570-7155.