Does anyone remember Popeye? I used to love watching that cartoon. Popeye was just this ordinary sailor man until something happened. Usually this brute named, Brutus, would try to steal Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl, as he was doing some dastardly deed.
Not to worry, Popeye would have a can of spinach hidden in his shirt, and it would pop out of his shirt and Popeye would gulp the spinach down. Suddenly his skinny arms would turn into big muscles. He was super charged into this hulk of a hero. He would rescue his girlfriend, foil Brutus’deed and save the day! It was great.
My little brother Jimmy and I wondered what we could do if we could get some of that spinach. We asked our dad if he would get us some spinach. One day he brought us some.
We quickly got it opened and took a few bites of that nasty, slimey stuff and then we waited for the muscles to appear. We walked over to our dad who was sitting in his recliner and we looked out the front door and asked, “Which tree do you want moved?” He kinda chuckled and said, “Just any of them.” Jimmy and I walked out to the biggest tree in the yard and pushed. To our surprise, it didn’t move. We tried again and again, then we looked back toward the front door of the house and dad and Mama were standing there laughing.
Have you ever wondered if God ever laughs at us? I’m sure we’ve all given him reason to do so. How many times have we tried to do the impossible on our own strength? One thing I’ve learned is that the impossible can only become possible when God gets involved.
God has called Patty and I to take the gospel to our world. He has given us a bus! He’s given us a plan! It’s the Super Bus. Then he said, as he always does, “Go!” Go do what? Go do the impossible! Super Bus is reaching people who would not likely come to our churches, yet they still need to hear about Jesus. God is using a bus that goes to the neighborhoods where they live and they love the Super Bus. We now reach about 120 children each month, not counting their families. This summer we are giving out hundreds of books with our reading program. We are praying that the children will read them and that they will be better prepared for the coming school year.
If God is saying anything to us, it’s “Dream bigger!” We have 6 Super Bus locations and 2 other communities that have shown interest in Super Bus. We have added a new team for Johns Island, but new communities require new team members. However, we are not concerned or worried, God continues to meet every need.
Please remember us in prayer, and thank you for your continued support.
Pastor Ted Hambrick
p.s. Would you like to start a “Super Bus” where you live?