2009 Church Mission Trip – Day 4

What a wonderful day! We began with worship; filling the Hollins Church of Christ to beyond capacity. In a congregation that usually averages 25 for Sunday morning worship, we had to bring in extra chairs to seat the 111 worshippers. It was awesome!

Then, after an outstanding lunch and a short (too short but much needed) nap, we got right to work. Looking at the flurry of activity and the love a dedication of each member doing their part, I couldn’t help but think of I Corinthians 12:12, which says, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”

We were the embodiment (no pun intended) of that verse. Each one of us had a part to play, and every part came together to form a seamless unit. From puppets to crafts, to snack, I was in awe at the precision and professionalism of our group. As in any first night of VBS, things didn’t go exactly as planned, but no attendee ever knew it. The reoccurring slogan uttered by Rob Lyle, mission coordinator, echoed in the halls from time to time. “Just be flexible.”

The seeds planted from our door-knocking had taken root as I saw several children that we had met along our journeys. God is at work in this place and using us for His purpose. In one class, only two of the 10 children in the class were members of the Hollins church. What a feeling to know that such a small effort as knocking on a door could possibly lead the saving of a soul.

I continue to pray for this great effort and for the University Church of Christ.

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