Softball Mission Trip Day 4: “Oh, How He Loves Us”
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
By McCarley Thomas
Softball Mission Trip Day 4: “Oh, How He Loves Us”

Lipscomb softball pitcher McCarley Thomas checks in with a report on day four of the team's mission to Mexico.

The morning began with another wonderful breakfast from our friend Ernesto at the hotel. We went back to the community where we went to church yesterday, Diaz Ordaz. The team split into two groups to go paint two houses that belonged to members of the church. I cannot speak for the other team, but we painted the house of a gentleman named Pedro. The paint was a lovely mint green color, although there might have been more on each other by the end of the day than there was on any of the walls of the house. While painting we kept the locals entertained with a rousing rendition of “Friends in Low Places” lead by the one and only Kelly Young.

The other group painted the home of an older lady in the congregation. When they finished she offered them homemade ceviche and pomegranates fresh from the tree. We all made it back to the hotel for a quick lunch before our second softball clinic.

The softball clinic was just as successful today as it was yesterday. Today we focused more on teaching the children how to hit and they picked up on it so quickly! We ended with a game of Marshmallow softball which had everyone laughing and having a good time. Before we finished on the field the locals convinced us to play a pickup game of soccer. I’ll just say that most of us should stick to sports that involve using our hands. We finished our day at Diaz Ordaz with a craft of making bracelets. Every bead on the bracelet represented a different step of salvation in Christ.

Now comes the part I have been itching to tell you all about. The congregation surprised us by taking us to the beach for dinner. They made us shark tacos for dinner. I am going to say that again. WE HAD SHARK TACOS. And for those of you who know your daughters well, yes, everyone ate some! We spent some time at the water’s edge and enjoyed our dinner from the nearby cliffs watching the sunset. We all had this moment as we were sitting there. It hit us that we were sitting in Mexico, eating homemade shark tacos and watching the most perfect sunset. The moment was perfect. I know I have said perfect three times to describe this night, but it truly was.

Just when I thought the night could not possibly get any better, God decided to prove me wrong. We had our nightly debrief. Once again, if you will bear with me, I would like to paint you a picture. Picture cliffs that lead down to the sand of a beach. Picture water that stretches so far your wildest imagination cannot even comprehend how vast it really is. Picture a light mist that carries the most perfect smell of salt, sand and sea. Now picture us, perched upon the top of one of those cliffs, worshiping our God with all that we have. That is what happened tonight. The sun had set, so we huddled together with our handmade Mexican blankets. We began by singing a few songs. We made it through the first few songs, but there is something about singing “Oceans” by the ocean that can just be too much for one’s heart to handle.

            I want to share with you some of the lyrics to that song.

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders.
Let me walk upon the waters,
Wherever You would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander,
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior.”

This line of the song sums up why we are here. We are in Mexico, deeper than our feet could ever wander on our own. And I wish you could see how much stronger our faith is becoming through the journey.

After the song one of our seniors, Dee, shared with us her thoughts on love and the love that she has for this team along with the love that God has for all of us. Just as she finished, God said a resounding amen to what she had said through the blanket of stars we found above our heads.

Picture time again: a dark ocean roaring in the distance, a blanket of stars so thick you would think you are staring directly into the middle of the Milky Way and 22 Christians pouring their love out to God and Him returning it immediately.  

Tonight we all grew closer to each other and the one who created us. I leave you all tonight thankful for so many things in my life, but mostly for the 21 other people who are impacting me daily while we are here. This is only day four. Here’s to the rest of the journey.