Spring Break has come and gone and the students and I have been amazed at how God moved in South Padre Island! We arrived at the island on Saturday night while things were pretty mellow. However, over the next two days the island filled up quickly with spring breakers who were eager and excited to party. We camped out on the south part of the island amidst spring breakers. While we were at the campsite we served food to people who stayed at the campsite as well. Many of them packed only alcohol and little food. They wouldn’t eat much all day; as a result their stomachs were empty as they drank all day, so we would serve pancakes and whatever we happened to eat for our own meals just to get food in their stomachs. While we served food, many of our students would interact with the spring breakers sharing their faith and praying for them while they were standing in line. During the afternoon we would go to the beach and meet students who congregated around sand sculptures like the one pictured in my earlier post. The sculptures were created by an artist that was hired by Beach Reach to recreate Biblical scenes. We again engaged students in conversations based on the sand creations as they asked what the purpose of the sculptures was and who they depicted. This lead to great spiritual conversations with spring breakers, many of whom had not truly heard the good news of the Gospel.
At night we would serve pancakes until 3 AM to spring breakers who some hadn’t eaten all day and provided free shuttle rides in order to keep the students of the streets and keep them safe. This part of the ministry was amazing. In the shuttle vans we had students in the back who would interact with the students with goal of sharing and living the Gospel to the spring breakers. While the students spoke with the spring breakers in the back, the passenger in the front would relay prayer requests and updates back to a church that served as home base for Beach Reach. The prayer requests would show up on screens throughout the church where there were typically 30-50 students praying at all times. While there I noticed several people recommit their lives back to Christ and several who committed their lives to Christ for the very first time! Praise God!
Additionally, a couple of our students met a young lady at our campsite one evening who was very distraught and tired of how she was living life. Our students shared Christ with her and she accepted! Praise God that he placed us in the right place at the right time! Our students are still in contact with some spring breakers they met in Texas. One of the most encouraging things that occurred this Spring Break is what took place after we got back. Many of the students came back and shared their experiences with their friends, roommates, and co-workers. They have continued to share their faith with all who will listen. They are eager to continue talking to friends and family this summer and next school year! Thank you for all of your prayers. There is so much that took place in South Padre Island. If you would like to know more please let me know. Please stay tuned for statistics from the Spring Break trip.
Ben lives in Greeley, CO and works with college students at the University of Northern Colorado.