08 Jul SummerLINK Myrtle Beach: We are Family
Sunday started out with Pastor Russ Bennett preaching on Matthew 7: 21-29. This was Pastor Russ’ last sermon from the Sermon on the Mount. After church, we went to Jimmyz Hibachi for lunch with Nick and Christa. Nick is the roommate of one of the lifeguards we came to know the first week of Summer LINK. Later that evening, we went to a beach baptism with Cornerstone for Holly Moore. They then invited us over to their house for root beer floats. It was a sweet time getting to talk with the Moore family again and celebrate in Holly’s public pronouncement of her faith in Christ. It was and is such a blessing to be able to be apart of the Church family. Later that night, we had a mid-summer evaluation back at the Sea Mist.
Tuesday morning, Corey, Michelle, Hannah, Ryan, and I got up at 5:45 to watch the sunrise on the beach. Unfortunately, it was cloudy, so not much could be seen. Since we were already up, we decided to participate in our own mini Olympic trials. We had the sprint to the lifeguard stand, the long jump, and the standing jump. It was quite the sight at 6 in the morning.
God also had his own plan for us that morning besides the sunrise. While on the beach, we meet a young couple named Bonnie and Norian. They came up to us to share their photos from that morning, and we ended up in conversation with them. They had only come down for the day and were planning on leaving the next day. Hannah was able to get Bonnie’s number, and they have been in contact a few times since. It’s amazing how the Lord works in little ways like that. After we attempted to watch the sunrise, we had a sweet time of prayer before everyone departed to his or her workplace. We have decided to do this every Tuesday morning as a time to just talk to the Lord about our prayers for the rest of the day and week. Tuesday night was home night at the Bennett’s. We were graciously served breakfast for dinner with fresh waffles, almost all the toppings you could think of, egg and cheese casserole, and fresh fruit. We got to play with the kids too. Ellie (their less than a year old baby) was the star of the show, and Bailey and Cohen were also enjoying spending time with the Summer LINKers. We then got to hear the testimonies of Miranda and Russ; hearing them talk about how the Lord has worked in their life was a true testament to the Lord’s grace and mercy!
Saturday morning was our men and women’s time, so we split up for a few hours to do our own things and discuss biblical manhood and womanhood. The women slept in and then headed out to the farmers market at the Market Common. We then took our fresh fruits and veggies and cooked breakfast/lunch. The guys ended up going to Wal-Mart to pick up crabbing supplies for the afternoon social. We eventually met up with the guys and drove down to Cherry Grove to do a little crabbing. We ended up a an older couple’s house and asked if we could use their dock to do our crabbing. They were gracious enough to let us use it, and we got to have some good conversations with them. The older gentleman said they even used to go crabbing off of their dock back in the day. We crabbed for about 2 hours and caught about 8 or 9 crabs. It was definitely a fun day for everyone.
We took the crab back that evening and cooked them, although there wasn’t much meat to scrounge up. We ended up going the River City Café for dinner instead because there just wasn’t enough crab to go around. The experience of cooking them and just having fellowship with each other was such a sweet time.