"And he said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat." -Mark 6:31
The Lord instituted rest as a reward for his followers who faithfully executed his commands, and on our last day in Alabama, we did so. Leaving around 10 A.M., we took off for Gulf Shores, a beautiful stretch of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico that was about an hour and a half away. On the way down, we listed to some great music that set the upbeat and fun mood for the entire day. After we got to the beach, we set up right on the water and immediately got to work on our tans.
s Deonte went for a light jog down the beach to a distant pier, the rest of us began a game of pickup football with Justin, Garret and me beating Josh, Dingyi, and Leah by a whopping score of 35-7. Following that beatdown, Josh, Deonte, and Dingyi all took turns single-handedly feeding the local Sea Gull population with scraps from their lunches.
As the day progressed, everyone took turns lounging in Josh's sand chair, reading, and conducting chicken fights in the frigid gulf water.
As our day on the beach came to a close, we left for Lambert's Cafe, home of the thrown rolls. At this well-known local establishment, rolls are thrown at patrons from across the room, waiters are constantly pacing the floor waiting for someone to flag them down to share their giant bowls of sides, and the drink jugs are bigger than most people's upper bodies.
Upon returning to Mobile, the group ended the night by joining the University Church of Christ, our host Church, for their weekly Friday game night filled with board and card games.
As our week in Mobile ended, there were some valuable lessons learned. First, God is willing to use anyone and everyone for his plan and all he needs is a receptive heart and willing spirit. Second, there are communities in our own backyards that are in desperate need of hearing God's word and it is our responsibility to spread it. Third, it is of utmost importance to recognize and thank God for all of the blessings that so many of us enjoy and to pray that he grants us the energy to assist those who are not afforded the same luxuries. Fourth and finally, the Blacksburg Church of Christ campus ministry is filled with a special group of students; filled with hard workers and devoted Christians, there is no limit to what they can accomplish when presented with the opportunity. The Mobile Mission Trip was an eye-opening and enlightening experience, and worth every second of the trip.
Written By: Max Morrison