A Message from Mayor Stimpson - December 16
Dec 16th, 2020
It is 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 22,766 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 165 cases. To review MCHD's detailed report, click here.
This week the Mobile City Council approved an agreement with SCADPro and Visit Mobile that will help develop a world-class cultural experience around the story of the Last Slave Ship Clotilda and the Africatown community. The City of Mobile is working with various community groups on a number of efforts to document and share the history of the Clotilda and the legacy of Africatown.
Made up of students from the Savannah College of Art Design, SCADPro has worked with major corporations like Google, NASA, Disney, YouTube and Amazon. Now they’ll be using their talents to help tell the story of Africatown. Among other things, SCADPro will be creating a film about the Clotilda that will be shown as part of future tourism attractions.
We believe the story of the Clotilda and Africatown can bring in tourists from all over the world, and the City of Mobile is working with SCAD and Visit Mobile to make sure they find an immersive, well-crafted experience when they arrive.
Last week, the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department (MFRD) named Fire Service Captain Chad Sprinkle as its November Firefighter of the Month. Sprinkle has been an indispensable member of MFRD for more than two decades, and over the past year, he has been a leader within MFRD’s Peer Support program.
Since the inception of the Peer Support Team, he has taken the lead through coordinating group training modules, promoting mental wellness in all aspects of the fire service, and answering the call at a moment’s notice when any of Mobile’s firefighters need a helping hand, shoulder, or ear. Leaders like Capt. Sprinkle routinely go above and beyond the call of duty in a job that already demands so much. We are fortunate to have him among the ranks of MFRD.
A passage from Grace for the Moment today talked about how we respond when we’re wronged by someone. As Max Lucado writes, when you’re angry, “part of you is broken, and the other part is bitter. Part wants to fight, and part wants to cry. You are left with a decision. Do I put the fire out or heat it up?”
It is often easy to ask for forgiveness. Extending forgiveness to someone who has wronged us can be a bit more challenging, though. However, forgiveness is often more beneficial to the wronged party. Without it, bitterness is all we’re left with, and bitterness leads to an early grave and an unfilled life.
Is there someone you need to forgive for something so you won’t harbor unnecessary bitterness?