2009 Church Mission Trip – Day 3

Today was the final day of the door knocking portion of the University Church of Christ family mission trip. The weather was unusually cool for July in Alabama and we were very thankful.

Our troop-numbers increased as our door-hanging, flyer brigade spread across the countryside to catch the last few houses that had not been approached for the invitation to the Gospel Meeting and VBS to start the next day.

Throughout the day, a theme of a “family reunion” was used. At first, it was a commentary of an actual family reunion that was taking place in our hotel. By the sounds that were echoing in the hallways at 3:00 a.m., it was a family of zombies who only came out at night.

Regardless, the theme developed during the day and, by the time we reached a cookout hosted by the Hollins church, I felt that the idea of our gathering as a spiritual family reunion was most apropos.

There is a song we sing that conveys this exact sentiment. It’s called, “God’s Family.”

We’re part of the family that’s been born again;

Part of the family whose love knows no end;

for Jesus has saved us, and made us His own,

Now we’re part of the family that’s on its way home.

And sometimes we laugh together, sometimes we cry;

Sometimes we share together, heartaches and sighs;

Sometimes we dream together of how it will be

When we all get to Heaven, God’s family.

Karen, my wife, and I are so thankful for our new church family and feel blessed to be part of a congregation that, not only reads Mark 16:15, but lives it.

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