Located on a bend in the Cumberland River, Nashville, Tennessee is known to most as “Music City, USA.” Recording artists from country, blues, gospel, and rock and roll genres all end up in Nashville at some time or another in their careers. Up and coming musicians with big dreams travel here looking for their “big breaks.” But there is more to Nashville than just music. As a forerunner in the Civil Rights movement, Nashville has had a history of even bigger dreams.
Join us on a Wonder Voyage missions trip or pilgrimage to the South and explore what it means to have big dreams. Explore the heart of a city that is built on reaching for excellence. Contemplate the highs and lows of success and failure, and invest some of yourself in the work of those who are achieving excellence by making a difference.
- Have a time of prayer in the oldest church in Nashville, St Mary of the Seven Sorrows, and ponder its use as a hospital during the Civil War.
- Ponder big dreams at the church established by the first Methodist Bishop to be born in the USA.
- Contemplate concept of fleeing oppression as you visit Nashville’s first Jewish temple.
- Visit Civil War Monuments and discuss the big dream of peace.
- Explore a life size replica of the Greek Parthenon.
- Get to the roots of country music at Ryman Auditorium, first home of the Grand Ole Opry.
- Visit at a hospitality facility for patients and their families who are in the Nashville area for medical treatment.
- Help serve those whose big dreams have not yet come to pass by serving food at a soup kitchen organized to help struggling, hungry musicians.
- Work with an urban ministry that serves children.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – A New Rhythm
Welcome to Nashville! Our week will revolve around rhythm & mission. Like music, life has a rhythm to it; different rhythms come in different seasons. As we embark upon our grand adventure in “Music City USA,” we will seek the flow of this unique city and seek to move to God’s impeccable timing. If we want to engage in real mission, it must be according to heavenly rather than earthly rhythm. As you arrive in town, we will get you settled in for a good night’s sleep to prepare you for an amazing week.
- Day 2 – Rhythm is Sounds & Silences
Rhythm involves the combination of both sound and silence. Eliminate one of these two factors and the rhythm is gone. Imagine having the rhythm of your life being silenced by a language barrier, or a medical issue, or just difficult circumstances. That is the life of many people here in Nashville and other parts of the world. Today we will engage service projects at both a local community center for needy families and with a group that distributes medical supplies. As we serve, we will ask ourselves, does the rhythm of my life with God involve silences and sounds?
- Day 3 – The Rhythm of Freedom
Rhythm can be defined as “the timing of events on a human scale.” A specific set of events led to the formation of this nation. Situations were assessed, options were considered, choices were made. Had any of the timing been altered, then, much like changing the rhythm in a dance, the steps would have been different. As we spend our day celebrating freedom, we will be thoughtful about the choices we make in our spiritual lives. Are we fully living into the freedom that was bought with the blood of Christ?
- Day 4 – The Strong & the Weak & the Rhythm
The key component in rhythm is timing; the combination of weak elements and strong elements create the flow. We are called by Christ to both allow Him to be our strength and to be strong for those who are weaker than we are. As we serve today with a gleaning organization and a local food bank, the challenge will be to consider our own response to the nagging issue of hunger in our world. How would we handle it? How can we fix it?
- Day 5 – Rhythm Tells the Story
Different kinds of rhythms tell different kinds of stories. The contrast and pacing of a rhythm can affect the experience that it is a part of. Our day today involves not just the sights, but also the rhythm and sounds that make Nashville the unique city that it is. The music of slide guitars and fiddles from the Grand Ole Opry combine with the sounds of the Cumberland River where Fort Nashborough originally stood. After a morning serving “a small food pantry with a big heart,” we will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, a showcase of the music that reflects the rhythm of the city. Our final evening together will be a time of celebration and reflection as we look back on the past week and we look forward to what is next.
- Day 6 – The Rhythm of the Kingdom
Rhythm affects the way that we perceive language, music, community, and our lives. In the same way, our spiritual lives have a rhythm as well. As the group prepares to return home, it is with our prayer that their lives will resound like a drumbeat that praises the glory of God.
Legacy in Nashville, Tennessee
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.