What You Do Matters!
“As we look back, that really is the theme of the week!” said Mr. Smith as he gave each person on the team a coin with that statement on it.
How true that is! This whole week has been filled with stories, monuments, displays and actions that show, truly, what you do … really … really matters!
We debriefed two days of intense emotions and as leaders we have been so proud of how vulnerable the students have been about what they felt from the experience!
The dedication and honor and respect shown at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- The Story behind Robert E Lee’s home and Arlington Cemetery
- JFK’s eternal flame
- Honoring Max Gallop’s grandfather and grandmother who are buried in Arlington National
- Honoring the two soldiers when we witnessed their funeral that passed us by
- The memorials on the National Mall
- The Capitol tour
- Lunch at Bullfeathers
- The Holocaust Museum
Your student’s hearts are so full! It took quite a while to debrief, but it was worth every second. It was a fantastic time of each one sharing. Please pray for them as they continue to meditate on what we’ve seen and experienced and what was done in their individual hearts! They will possibly be thinking on it for quite a while. I pray they do! I pray it has changed them to become people that will stand up against injustice. I pray they will become people that use their voice for those that cannot! I pray that they will stand – Even if they are the only one standing.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
~ Martin Niemöller Protestant Pastor
Thou shalt not be a victim,
Thou shalt not be a perpetrator
But above all, thou shalt not be a bystander
~ Yehuda Bauer
“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” ~ Simon Wiesenthal
“I had to help them. There was no choice.” Oskar Schindler
“The question shouldn’t be “Why are you, a Christian, here in a death camp, condemned for trying to save Jews?’ The real question is “Why aren’t all the Christians here?” ― Joel C. Rosenberg, The Auschwitz Escape
This weekend as we celebrate Easter and the extravagant love Christ showed us in laying down his life for us,
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16
Being Easter week it has made it an extra special time to be here in Washington D.C. and experiencing day after day examples of sacrifice made by ordinary men and women!
This is a class of extraordinary young men and women! They have the potential to do great exploits for the kingdom of God! Pray that they do not lose what they have experienced and that they will continue to build on this experience because …
What You Do Matters!
P.S. Sometimes after this trip it takes a little time for the students to process everything. Give them time but encourage them to share their hearts. Sometimes, their hearts are so full you are thinking, “Is he/she going to ever stop talking?” Thank you so much for partnering with Summit and allowing your student to go on these trips! They are life changing!