One Saturday morning out of each month UM takes a group somewhere in the community allowing them to serve; whether it be in a nursing home, cleaning up yards, or etc.
This month they decided to take it up notch and close the campus down last Friday. Over 1,100 Faculty, Professors, and students went and served all around Mobile. I happened to go to L'Arche Mobile, a Christian Community for disabled that live and work together.
Three members of our team having a dance party with them.
As a sister of a Down Syndrome brother it was neat for me to sit back and watch how one's without direct relationships with special needs interacts. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed with sweet hugs and smiles by a couple of the special needs men.
When departing they sang a blessing song over us and gave each of us a special bookmark made by them.Before we left I was talking to one girl about it that was nervous and not too sure what to expect, but went with a giving heart. When left I asked her,"What did you think about it?" and she replied,"I loved it!"
As I look back on that day and the conversation that I had, all I can think about is "What can I give today that I cannot lose?" There is nothing. I need to get over myself and step out of that comfort zone!
God has really been dealing my heart about this and to think that He directed me to a certain place at a certain time and I shall give and make the best out of it living that minute to the fullest.
Being BOLD is what it is about.
...It Was Over
I thought I was done with my post until this morning's church service came to my mind. South Coast's first birthday was today! We celebrated with fellowship and breakfast before we sat down, oh and the ICECREAM truck afterwards!
The message was all about how SCC was birthed and how God provided miracles and dreams for it to blossom. There are 4 G's of SCC, "Gather, Grow, and Give." For me personally, God was speaking about giving and and on our notes we wrote,"Give till it hurts."
I didn't notice until now that I'm writing this post of how that parrallels with what I had shared before this; That I need to be bold and to give until it hurts. God will guide me there and in that time I need to give until it hurts.
I am so blessed and happy to be apart of such a giving and loving place at South Coast Church. Come join us for doughnuts, coffee, worship, and a message. We gather at E.R. Dickson Elementary in Mobile at 10:30 a.m. If transportation is an issue contact me! :)
"They gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service..."
II Corinthians 8:3-4 NIV