CONWAY, S.C.—Headed to the Carolina Coast this summer for some sun and surf but also looking for a missions opportunity? Martha Bullard has just the job for you.
This summer, as she has for the past seven summers, Bullard, along with volunteers from churches of Waccamaw Baptist Association, will be manning a “sunburn trailer” in Surfside Beach, S.C.
Volunteers at the trailer dole out free sunscreen, aloe gel and water, and they look for opportunities to share the gospel with visitors from all over the world. Often, youth groups from churches outside the area will coordinate with Bullard to utilize the trailer as a staging area for missions activities on the beach.
The trailer, normally used for disaster relief operations by Waccamaw Association in Conway has wide panels on both sides that can be raised to create an open-air setting conducive to having relaxed conversations with families on their way from the public parking lot to the beach, Bullard said.
The trailer is open during the summer months from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Over the course of the summer, 50-75 people, many of them senior adults, will help man the trailer, Bullard said.
The ministry was started by the Baptist Nursing Fellowship many years ago, and Bullard, herself, spends three or four days a week helping man the trailer.
“I’m a people person,” said Bullard, a member of First Baptist Church of Surfside Beach, “and I love to tell people about the Lord.” (BP)