Missions Coordinator John King sent the following update on the last evening of Temple’s involvement in 2011 Beach Reach activities.
Thanks so much for praying for us at Beach Reach. Things have been going really well. We leave Wednesday morning, but here’s a little update on some of what has been going on.
Sunday night we had a little mishap with the phone technology for the van rides, so we weren’t able to pick Spring Breakers up, but we still had opportunities to share the love of Christ with them on the streets, in restaurants, and in lobbies of hotels.
Monday morning started fast and furious with a giant pancake breakfast at a local bowling alley called the Rock-it Lanes, right off the main strip in Panama City. We served breakfast to over 900 people and had tons of opportunities to show and tell people about God’s love. Our students initiated spiritual conversations with Spring Breakers over pancakes and planted seeds for the Gospel.
Monday night we went out in the vans for the first time, running two shuttles to pick up Spring Breakers, (most of whom were intoxicated) and get them home safely. Our students again took advantage of those opportunities to point students toward Jesus with compassion and boldness. Though not everyone was responsive, many of the riders were amazed to see such an obvious illustration of God’s unconditional love.
Tuesday’s pancake breakfast went well, this time serving over 1,200 people! Two of our students, in particular, reconnected with two Buddhist Spring Breakers they met the night before who were interested in learning more about the Bible. The conversations are still going on, so pray that God will continue to work in their lives to draw them to faith in Jesus Christ.
Tonight (Tuesday) we’ll be going out in the vans for the last time. Pray that we will be faithful to stand for Christ and run to the lost again. Pray that Spring Breakers will be convicted of their need for living water, and not satisfied by temporary pleasures!