Splash through a 2,000-foot-long Mississippi River replica.

Take your family on a refreshing journey through a scaled model of the lower Mississippi River. General admission and Skybridge access are FREE! Pack a snack/lunch and enjoy the many picnic areas. Bring sunscreen and a towel (you will get wet). Visit mudisland.com for directions and details.

As you drive downtown, introduce these interesting facts:

  • The actual distance from Cairo, Illinois, to the Gulf of Mexico is 954 miles. How long would it take to drive 1,000 miles?
  • Is it possible to cover the whole distance today?
  • The River Walk scales this Mississippi River down to a scale of 30 inches=one mile.
  • Compare walking a mile to walking 30 inches.

As you take an adventure down the river, you will be able to “walk” over the city of Memphis. Help your kids locate different areas of interest to your family (home, school, and church).

Discuss and define this phrase:

POINT OF VIEW— the position from which something is viewed

Discussion Points:

  • How does your house look from different points of view:
    • While riding your bike
    • When walking the River Walk
    • From an airplane window
  • How differently do things look through prescription glasses, fog, or dirty windows?
  • How does our view of life change? For example, losing a soccer game today may be devastating; however, we feel differently about a game we lost three years ago. Likewise, eating your favorite dessert today is exciting, but the excitement won’t last because you’ll still want more
    next week.
  • What is God’s point of view?
  • Share a time when you were in a situation where you had to trust in God’s point of view. At the time, you could not see God’s plan, but you were able to see God’s purpose later. How did your faith in God grow when you trusted His point of view?

“‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8–9

For additional discussion topics for the Mud Island River Park, visit bellevue.org/homepoint or pick up “Turning the River Walk into a Walk of Faith” at a Home Point Resource Center.

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