- Thousands of Gordon students have gone deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ as they encountered him in his Creation and Christian community while on a La Vida Expedition.
- Over two hundred American colleges, including every Ivy League school, run similar programs for incoming students.
- Research on similar programs has demonstrated that participants grow in confidence, leadership, communication skills, self-concept, and awareness of their strengths and weaknesses.
- Participants report entering college with a strong network of supportive relationships developed on their expedition.
La Vida was powerful in that it challenged me to stretch myself and allowed me to develop a community that can now transition in my college life.
La Vida has shown me that I can endure and succeed in challenges much tougher than I ever thought I could.
I have grown in my faith while getting to know my fellow classmates, and while hiking through God’s amazing creation. During La Vida I was able to reconnect with God and rekindle my faith, while growing in my overall knowledge of how we are called to love others with God’s love.
God taught me a lot about challenging myself and taking the easy or comfortable way. He demonstrated that he can truly satisfy and I never have to feel lonely when I’m alone with him.
It has pushed me physically and taught me perseverance and total trust in God.