Wake 2021

A deepening adventure for men working in missions

Dates: July 25-31, 2021

Wake 2021 is a 7-day/6-night spiritual journey experience in the context of outdoor adventure in the boundary waters canoe area of Minnesota, specifically designed by Barnabas International staff for men working in cross-cultural contexts. Traveling side-by-side with this group of men you will complete a physically challenging journey while being guided through a process of paying attention to your inner journey with God. Each day will provide space to process both in silence and solitude and together in a community of men with similar experiences, all in the context of spectacular outdoor scenery. 

The ultimate purpose of the trip is to help you take stock of your relationship with the Father and foster deeper  intimacy with Him, leading to personal growth and a more sustainable, resilient, and Spirit-powered ministry. And we hope you leave with some new brothers as well.

Early-bird Pricing: $600* + airfare**

After July 1 the cost will go up by $50. Last day of registration is July 15.

* cost includes all equipment, lodging, meals and transport to/from MSP airport.
**participants will be responsible for travel to MSP airport in Minneapolis. Must arrive on Sunday, July 25th before 3pm and can leave anytime on Saturday, July 31st.


Maximum group size will be 6 participants plus 3 leaders for a total of 9 people. With limited space this trip will fill up quickly!
Register for Wake 2021
A $50 deposit is required at registration.

What about COVID-19?

Many of us have experienced cancellations of summer and fall travel plans, but we believe the nature of Wake 2021 is one of the few that fits well into CDC recommendations. As outlined below, we will encourage each participant to do their part to arrive at the event healthy, and once there we will form a "safe group" for the duration of the trip. Here are some details on how we are proceeding in the current environment:

  • Currently the MSP airport and Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) are open and our outfitter is operating under enhanced sanitary protocols.
  • Up until the day of departure we will be monitoring MN and CDC recommendations for travel and gatherings. If at any point we need to cancel the event a full refund, including deposit, will be provided.
  • Since we will be in a remote area, it will be important for each participant to arrive healthy as is reasonably possible. 
  • To that end we are asking all participants to either get tested for COVID-19 the week before trip (and subsequently stay at home until the trip) OR self-quarantine for the 14 days prior to the trip.
  • While on the trip, social-distancing will be difficult and we will be in close proximity. So we will treat each other as a "safe group". Our maximum group size will be eight. 
  • Contingency plans are in place should someone begin to experience symptoms during the trip.

What can you expect?

  • At Barnabas we believe in a Trinitarian, Christ-centered approach to faith and ministry so that will flavor all we do. 

  • Introverts will enjoy the quiet mornings and space and silence to process. Extroverts will enjoy the group interaction and sharing of experiences. Expect moments of laughter, of teamwork, and of reflection. 

  • The boundary waters area of northern Minnesota is one of the greatest areas of nearly untouched wilderness in the US. Human-powered canoes are the only permitted forms of transportation. Expect spectacular scenery and escape from modern technology.

  • Each day will include several hours of paddling, with multiple stops to carry your canoe (portage) between lakes. You will need to be in decent shape and able to carry a reasonably heavy load over uneven terrain for distances up to a mile (although many are much shorter).
    canoe carry

  • The fishing is great! You are welcome to bring a pole and tackle with you to go after northern pike, walleye, bass, and perch.

  • All camping, canoeing equipment, and food will be provided. You will need to bring clothing and any other personal belongings.


Don't hesitate to contact James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.