For the past four years, the Greenhaven Mission Group in Seale, Ala., has been eagerly looking forward to the first Sunday in November. That is the date of the annual Banquet on the Bridge (BOB). BOB was the brainstorm of a handful of college students from several area churches in Columbus, Ga.
The idea of BOB sprang from Luke 14:12-14—when you throw a banquet, don’t invite your rich friends, but invite the poor and needy, who cannot return the favor. Give for the joy of giving. Serve for the joy of serving. Also, it was designed as a unity meal where anyone, from all faiths, or no faith at all, could come and sit and enjoy a meal together.
The event is held on a bridge between Columbus, Ga., and Phenix City, Ala. The bridge is shut down for the day for the community-wide event and long tables are loaded with free food. Rows of tables cross the bridge and about 1,000 people come to enjoy the meal.
Over the years, Greenhaven has passed out hats, gloves, socks, books, and hot drinks. They have brought two fire pits where people enjoy roasting marshmallows for S'mores, something everyone looks forward to. The church group also sings songs, with Doug Shears on the guitar and Thomas Mellette on the windpipe. Often people stop and join in the singing.
Greenhaven has given out T-shirts made for the event with their name and website listed. The local media cover the event and this year, Greenhaven was mentioned in the newspaper.
They are already looking forward to next year when they will again have the privilege and joy to serve others.
by Sheryl Shears