Summer Outdoor Adventures

Big River Crossing
Visit this week’s Memphis location as a family and use Bellevue’s online content to connect your outdoor adventure to an important biblical truth.
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Outdoor Adventure
Big River Crossing

Location Info
You can park at Channel 3 at 803 Channel 3 Drive, Memphis, Tennessee.

Biblical Truth
God gives us courage, as He will always be with us.

Theme
Courage

Verse
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or in dread of them, for the Lord your God is the One who is going with you. He will not desert you or abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Talking Points
As you walk onto the bridge, talk to your family about how some kids and adults love the thrill and adventure of stepping onto the big bridge, while others might be a bit nervous. Tell them that just like the bridge was made strong and secure, God is even stronger, and He goes with us everywhere we go.

God says, “Do not be afraid,” and it is very important that we obey Him (Deuteronomy 31:6). Remind your child(ren) that just like you would never leave them alone on the bridge, God will never desert or abandon His children. So, whenever we face something scary: the first day of school, meeting new people, or a big storm, they can ask the Lord to make them strong and courageous and remind them the Lord is always with them.

Discussion Question(s):
1. How do you feel about walking on the bridge?
2. When you are scared, what brings you the most comfort?
3. What can you do the next time you are faced with something that makes you nervous?

Song/Video
Strong and Courageous

Missions Tie-In
God created rivers to be important. The Mississippi River, where you are standing right now, is one of the largest rivers in the world at almost 2,000 miles long! Rivers like this one have been critical to the lives of people around the world. They have been used for drinking, fishing, farming, and bathing for generations. Right here in our backyard, we have the Mississippi River, but in India, over 8,000 miles away, they have the Ganges River. Many living in India believe the Ganges’ waters have special spiritual powers. They believe it can save them, and they do not know Jesus is the only way of salvation. As you walk across the Mississippi today, remember the people living by the Ganges River and pray for them to receive salvation through Jesus.

Tips
Big River Crossing is the longest public pedestrian/bike bridge across the Mississippi River, providing dramatic views of its ever-changing landscape. Take a few hours to ride or walk across to West Memphis.

You can walk, ride bikes, or ride scooters. Bring a drink and a snack to enjoy when you reach the other side. Dress appropriately for the weather. As you walk across the bridge, look for the tall buildings of downtown Memphis. Most importantly, have fun on this outdoor adventure!

Notice: Due to current circumstances, the bridge is only open at the Memphis entrance.

Additional Comment(s)
Please take a family adventure picture and post it on our Fight for Your Family Facebook page!

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