As eight University of Mobile students walked through the streets of a Honduran town handing out candy, the town’s residents did not yet know these students had something sweeter to share.
But it didn’t take long for the members of Exit 13, a UMobile Center for Performing Arts worship band, to share good news with those they encountered.
Led by producer and director Mark Moses, the Exit 13 worship band took an eight-day trip to Honduras in December where they led five worship services, ministered to those in a rehabilitation facility and shared Christ through relationship building.
Freshman worship leadership major Josh Dailey led the students to approach a group of men while walking through town. Speaking through a translator, the students shared the gospel with the men, who immediately prayed to receive salvation.
Dailey said, “I felt the Holy Spirit coming into their lives. It made me feel so humbled and honored that God would use me, and allow me to be there at such a moment as seeing these six men come to Jesus.”
During the same walk, the students led two more women to accept the gospel.
Candace Bennett, a sophomore keyboard player for Exit 13, elaborates, “People heard the gospel of Jesus Christ right then and there, and that was what the trip was all about - leaving an indefinite mark that will last for eternity.”
The band led worship services with local churches throughout the week, including one on a city sidewalk.
Lisa Davis, administrative assistant for the Center for Performing Arts who traveled with the students, said, “The altar was full . . . of those asking for salvation and healing.”
One worship event was broadcast live over a local radio station. The same radio station still plays Exit 13’s music, even though they are no longer in the country.
Students also spent time touring the area through white water rafting, ziplining and swimming in warm springs.
They’re quick to note, however, that the fun opportunities were not distinct from the ministry opportunities.
Zach Petty, a senior theology major, talked with a tour guide about the Bible during one of the excursions. One tour guide even came to one of their worship services after spending the day with the band members.
All in all, Exit 13 saw 24 salvations, several people were healed, and thousands more heard the gospel through worship events and personal testimony.
Davis said, “Every life we came in contact with was changed. These students are changing the world.”
Exit 13 will present a worship service March 24 at 7 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium on the university campus. The event will feature testimonies, photos and a Spanish worship experience.
For more information, contact the Center for Performing Arts at 251.442.2420.
(By Amy Wright, Media Relations Writer in the University of Mobile Marketing & Public Relations Office. Amy is a junior majoring in global business the in the 5-year integrated M.B.A. program in the School of Business.)
Exit 13 in La Ceiba, Honduras. Front L-R: Elizabeth
Steffanetta, Josh Dailey, Zach Petty, Kyle Fredricks,
Jared Darby, Candace Bennett. Back: Tyler Koch.