The 4th Musketeer is a men’s movement that seeks to “inspire every man’s heart and create waves of justice worldwide”. This mission is primarily carried out by ‘Xtreme Character Challenges’ (XCC) and ‘Muskathlons’.
The 4M vision is to see a spiritual awakening, servant leadership and missionary entrepreneurship among men around the world.
An Xtreme Character Challenge (XCC) is three days of challenge and inspiration for men out in the wild that creates a deep spiritual experience. Men work in teams and are confronted with significant physical challenges and experience deep camaraderie. Throughout the XCC men are called to dedicate their lives to the 4-C’s: Christ, Community, Church, and Charity. The culmination of the XCC is to lead men to the highest place on earth: the foot of the cross. Every man who completes an XCC receives a red polo shirt with a white number four, signifying they have become a Musketeer – a servant to the King.
A Muskathlon is an ultimate endurance event – like a marathon – set in a remote location. Participants raise significant funds to further the worldwide battle for justice. These funds are donated towards the work of three partner charities: Compassion International, Open Doors and A21.
Founded in Holland in 2008, The 4th Musketeer is spreading worldwide, with current bases in the USA (2012), Holland, Germany, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, Norway and Poland. Efforts are also underway in Canada, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
The 4th Musketeer was the idea of… a woman. On an evening in September 2007, Ruth Stoorvogel told her husband, Henk, “Why don’t you start something with men? Not an ordinary men’s ministry but a movement unlike any other men’s movement.” Henk responded, “You’re right, we will do it! And we will call it the 4th Musketeer.” Henk invited his best friends in the Netherlands, Pieter, Theo, and Jan for a visionary dinner at his home and a new concept was developed, inspired by D’Artagnan, the protagonist of the Three Musketeers. An ultimate adventure where men will experience a great physical challenge, mental exhaustion and inspiration was born.
In 2008, when the first 4th Musketeer Character Weekend was developed, Henk called his good friend Kent Susud to help lead the inaugural character weekend as eighty Dutch men were set to converge in the Ardennes, in southern Belgium.
Since 1998, Kent and Henk’s friendship has led them to great adventures in life and ministry. In 2012, Kent shared the vision of the 4th Musketeer with his thee best friends and the ultimate adventure for men in the USA was born!