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Last year while at a luncheon at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, I learned that all seminary students are required to have some sort of ‘border crossing’ experience. This may be a program in another country, perhaps an inner-city experience if this might be new territory for the student or to a different part of the country—some sort crossing into another setting previously unfamiliar. In many aspects, that is what South Church offers through our hands-on mission opportunities such as the just completed BackBay Mission trip to Biloxi MS. Many of this years folks had never been to the deep South, in the heart of the Bible belt, to an area devastated by a hurricane less than ten years ago. This year's trip occurred during Lent, one more facet that allowed us to ponder our call to discipleship as people of faith. On the hallway bulletin board and the website are pictures and reflections penned in my daily diary, a mission trip that took 15 of us into an intentional time of community living, work in a new town and a re-occurring theme of 'outside our comfort zone.' I am grateful to South Church for supporting such an endeavor. Some of my take-a-ways: - our three teens who jumped in and did all the dishes our first supper meal at the mission, - Ms Debbie who thanked us with tears in her eyes as 'ocean mist' blue/green paint found its home on her home, - Dennis/Susan who had us to their home as strangers with a most generous spread of southern food and hospitality...

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