“Hero” by John Ellis

This is Mark. Mark is a U.S. Veteran who served in Afghanistan. Not only did he serve his country there, but he also lost both of his legs in a road side bombing.

I first saw Mark trekking across the rocky terrain just below the summit of Mt Baldy, not on any trails, but blazing his own trail. I made sure that I was able to cross paths with Mark because I had to meet him, and I did.

Mark is in training to tackle Mt Killimanjaro with some fellow disabled soldiers in a few weeks. When I met Mark and he told me his story, it was all I could do to hold back my emotions. In fact, I was on the verge of crying. I told Mark that he was my hero and an inspiration.

We shook hands several times and I gave him a hug. I also asked Mark if it would be ok to pray over him. He answered YES. I asked God to use this man to be an example to all for his courage and will to never give up, even in the darkest of circumstances.

This has had such an impact on me that I will be printing this picture and putting it on a key chain of a sort and it will be on my back pack from here on out. Thank you, Mark. You are truly my hero!

John Ellis is an avid hiker and adventurer. John’s love for hiking was ignited as a teen when he participated in Boy Scouts, and that love of the outdoors has continued into his adult life. John surrendered his life to Jesus more than a decade ago, and as a result, the joy of the Lord is his strength. John is always open to opportunities to share the love of God with people he meets both on and off the trails. John is currently co-leading Team Whitney, a group of hiking enthusiasts in training to conquer Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the Lower 48 states, at 14,508ft. John is also a hero.

You can follow Team Whitney’s progress on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/TeamWhitney2012.

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8 thoughts on ““Hero” by John Ellis

  1. Reblogged this on Beech Creek Project and commented:
    My grandfather was in the Army Corps of Engineers, my father retired from the Air Force while doing one tour in Vietnam and I served 10 years in the Navy when I graduated from high school. I have a nephew and niece that are both in the Marines. My nephew is over in Afghanistan right now and my niece is soon to follow in the months to come. Stories like this hit me close to home so I find it a privilege to pass it on. My hat is off to this Veteran and wish I could thank him in person for his sacrifice. Carry on brother and keep on hiking.

    • Hi there!

      I’m so glad that my friend’s article touched you. Thank you for serving our country. It looks like you come from a strong lineage of warriors committed to protecting our nation and that is very admirable. I will be praying for your nephew and niece that they remain safe and courageous and comforted by the peace of God in the midst of tumult. Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I will pass your kind words to my friend John. He will greatly appreciate it. 🙂

  2. God bless Mark and any other person who puts their lives in harms way to protect our way of life. Without them, we would not be who we are nor be able to live the way we do!

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