If you have a heart for Jesus, a desire to impact the world, and a little “Indiana Jones” blood then you have come to the right place.

What is Stranded:
Stranded is the “Basic Training”  of Unusual Soldiers and there is nothing else like it on the planet. It is a simulated mission trip to a “dark, dangerous, and despised” region full of tribesmen, wild animals, and rebels.  You will go through multiple scenarios and training sessions from instructors (missionaries, wilderness guides, and a special ops instructor). As you journey to reach a remote tribe you will learn what it means to be an Unusual Soldier, how to develop a basic missions strategy, and gain tips on how to overcome hostile environments. During this quest you will be given a training manual, a top rated survival knife, a book on missions, and a memory to last a lifetime. Make no mistake Stranded will not be easy, but by the end you will grow in courage and go home empowered.

What Stranded is not:
Stranded is not a summer camp, a camping trip, or a been"been-there-done-that" event. It’s a launching pad.

The Ultimate goal of Stranded:
The ultimate goal of Stranded is to launch people like you into areas of the world that are in desperate need of hope. Many students have discovered their personal callings at Stranded and have left with a new found confidence that God can use them. Don't be surprised if you are one of the many students that takes it to the next level and embarks on a a journey to bring light to a dark, dangerous, or a despised place within a year following Stranded.


It’s tough...it’s stretching...it’s empowering!

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Dates: Sunday, June 7th (2PM) to Saturday, June 13th (11AM)
Application Deadline: April 1st, 2020
* If the application deadline is past and you still want to be a part of Stranded then fill out the application to try your luck - if there are openings then there is always a chance.
Location: Franklin, Nebraska
(a.k.a. The Middle of Nowhere)
Group size: Space Limited.
Who can apply: Any follower of Christ that is 18 years of age or older
Price: $475
Price includes: 

  • Unusual Soldiers Training Manual

  • Unusual Soldiers Training Team

  • Top rated survival knife

  • Missions book

  • Stranded T-shirt

  • An experience that could turn your life upside down


Survival: Become knowledgable on how to thrive in remote and resistant regions.

Team-ness: Gain insight on how to collaborate with a team of aspiring unusual soldiers.

Risk-Taking: Learn the difference between taking a wise risk and a foolish risk.

Awaken: Grow in your awareness of nine regions across the globe in desperate need of hope.

Name-of-Aspiration: Become more aware of who you are and who God is calling you to be.

Discipleship: Learn the basics of making a healthy missions strategy and launching disciples. (Take it to the next level by attending Slingshot).

Ethos: Discover the core traits of every unusual soldier and why they are important. This is the biggie at Stranded.

Destiny: Catch a glimpse of where God may be launching you after Stranded.


“Stranded was the best worst week of my life.” - Strandedite



Our instructors, guides, and interns all have a heart for Jesus and his mission. The instructors for Stranded come from a variety of places and backgrounds. Below are a list of a few leaders that may be present at your upcoming training event. Their unique alias names will make more sense once you are at Stranded.

CRAZY BLOOD  Founder of Unusual Soldiers

Founder of Unusual Soldiers

C.B. is the author of Dangerous, an international missions strategist, ordained minister, and a speaker for FORGE. He trains from experience because of his wide range of ministry initiatives in dark, dangerous, and despised places across the globe. He has sparked international movements and inspired many to be independent missionaries. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, trained in Crises management, and was trained in survival by Bear Grylls and Former British Commandos.

LONE WOLF  Wilderness Guide/EMT

Wilderness Guide/EMT

L.W. served as an adventure guide for 7 years throughout remote parts of Asia. Before venturing off to Asia he received Outdoor training in rock climbing, Kayaking, and backpacking from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He works for Pioneer Seed and is the youth director at his church.  He is also a Wilderness First Responder and a certified EMT. He is a Nebraska native.

NAME LESS  Special Ops Instructor

Special Ops Instructor

N.L. has spent the past 20+ years working and training in U.S. Special Operations and with numerous government agencies in national security activities relating to foreign policy and international programs. N.L. is a senior advisor to political and military leaders on special activities in global crisis response and emergency management.  He is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan conducting over 100+ undercover missions into high threat environments and semi permissive countries. He is traveling from Arizona.

BRIDGE BUILDER  Independent Missionary

Independent Missionary

B.B. is a decorated Eagle scout that was once on a pursuit to be an engineer, but God wrecked that dream in the best way possible. He is now a graduate of CCU and works as an independent Missionary to carry the gospel of Jesus wherever the Spirit of God leads him, including some of the most remote and restricted places in the world.  He is the founder of the "Romans 10 Project" and is currently translating the Bible for one of the last hunter gathering tribes in Africa. He calls Colorado home.

FORGED STEEL  Wilderness Guide/Ropes Specialist

Wilderness Guide/Ropes Specialist

F.S. is an avid adventurist with 22 years experience as a firefighter/EMT. He is an Alumni of Rigging For Rescue and is certified NFPA instructor in high angle technical rescue. He completed the Bear Grylls Survival Academy Instructors course in the Valley of Fire, Nevada.  He has experience in launching initiatives in restricted nations and will travels all the way from his home in Saskatchewon, Canada.



T.B.A. represents the other instructors and interns that will be present. This list is not exhaustive and there are other men and women from a variety of backgrounds and races that may be joining our leadership or intern team. Some of them are missionaries, former military, artists, former Strandedites, athletes, pastors, nonprofit founders, weirdos, brain-iacs, nurses, ranchers, box-breakers, itinerant speakers, and fellow adventurers. And who knows maybe a year after Stranded you will be among them.


Where is the Unusual Soldiers HQ? 
1401 L Street
Franklin, Nebraska 68939

When is my money due?
If you are accepted then you will be required to make your deposit of $100 within two weeks of receiving your acceptance letter, otherwise, you will be put on a waiting list.  The remainder of your money is due by May 1st.

What should I bring?
A backpack containing anything of your choice (no firearms!), just remember anything can happen at Stranded so don't spend a fortune on gear. However, here are some "Must Haves":

  • Backpack

  • Sleeping bag

  • Jacket

  • Water bottle

  • Clothes - that can get trashed

  • Hiking shoes

  • Mosquito/tick repellent

  • Headlamp with a red light mode

  • Good Attitude

Is Stranded tax-deductible?
Yes. You may want to try to raise the funds through your local church if you are not able to pay for it individually.

Who leads Stranded?
The leadership team of Stranded varies from missionaries, adventure guides, survival instructors, EMTs, former military, weirdos, nurses, and former Stranded graduates who have endeavored to dark, dangerous, and despised places across the globe. Your safety is in mind, but risks must be taken to reach the "tribe".

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Don't fret. Click here.

Who should apply?
ANY follower of Christ over 18 years old with a desire to make an impact in the world. If you are one of the many restless Christians trying to find a cause in life to live for this could be for you.

How do I get to Franklin for Stranded?  Good luck! There is no easy way to get to Franklin outside of driving so this is where the adventure begins. Some have even driven from New York to participate (1,400miles!).  If you want to get a flight then Kearney, Grand Island, and Lincoln are the closest airports.  If you want to take the train then Holdrege, Nebraska is the closest station. Please keep in mind, that the Unusual Soldiers team will not be picking you up so you will have to brainstorm travel plans and make arrangements with your teammates on a Stranded  Facebook group . 

Do people of color ever attend Stranded?
Yes! We have had people from numerous ethnicities, from the inner city, and even from other countries participate in Stranded.

I applied but I never heard back from Unusual Soldiers?  If you do not hear from Unusual Soldiers within a month of your application then please contact them on the contact page to make sure there was not a glitch on the website or a problem with the internet.  Unusual Soldiers starts the review process the end of October and continues to meet monthly until May 1st.

How do I further my training after Stranded?
After Stranded you will become part of the Unusual Soldiers tribe and made eligible for our strategic training conference called Slingshot





From a warring tribal village in Africa to a Rob Zombie concert to a Guatemalan prison to a bombed out church in Sudan, Caleb Bislow shares firsthand stories of how God is working around the world. Some see Caleb's life and faith as extreme, but to him, sharing God's love in the most dangerous and despised places in the world is simply living a life of surrender.

With humbleness and even some humor, Caleb inspires readers to step out of their comfort zones and take godly risks wherever they are. Rounding out the book are appendixes of organizations to join or support and specific prayer needs around the world. 

The first and last chapter of Dangerous take readers on a journey thru Stranded.  You can also catch a glimpse of what some of those that went thru Stranded are doing now. 

One Man's Extreme Faith Challenges Believers to Live More Radical Lives.  



 Justin's heart became ignited for the Pygmies while he was at Stranded.  Shortly after Stranded Justin traveled with Unusual Soldiers to meet the Pygmies on a scouting trip.  His heart for them was crushed when he saw their suffering and learned that they were a forgotten people.  As a result, Justin founded a nonprofit called Fight for the Forgotten that has freed Pygmy slaves and drilled nearly 50 water wells.  You can read more about Justin's story in his book Fight for the Forgotten which devotes an entire chapter to his pivotal moments at Stranded.

 "Stranded is where I met Caleb Bislow, the man who would show me that I wasn't just a UFC warrior, but a warrior for God." - Justin Wren, Fight for the Forgotten, page 100



Learn more about Stranded on this episode of 700 club Interactive.  Interviews about Stranded have also appeared on 100 Huntley Street (Canada), and the Harvest Show.

Look out! Pushing the ‘Apply’ button could mess up your life…in the best way possible! The choice is yours.