Tuesday – It Was A Long but Amazing Day!
The Blue Line is being worked in in D.C. therefore the wait for the metro to show up is longer, taking longer to get to places than normal. It can really mess with your schedule. We are persevering and the kids are troopers.
Today was Mount Vernon and the Monuments Day. This also means we ride the river cruise boat on the Potomac to Mount Vernon, enjoying the beautiful views and historical sights you can see along the way. Touring Mount Vernon is amazing and the video “We Fight To Be Free” really portrays the leadership and courage of George Washington. But there is another part of Mount Vernon that I can’t stand and that’s the issue of the slaves and their story that is a part of George and Martha Washington’s story. Here was this brilliant statesman that was fighting for the freedom of the colonist and wanting their ‘freedom’ YET, he had no problem with slavery … owning many people himself. It reminds me of the scripture in Romans. George loved people … but he was also hypocritical … he didn’t want to be enslaved … yet … he enslaved. Fought for justice … yet … gave none to those he ‘owned’. My mind and heart just felt so frustrated by that today.
Romans 12:9-12 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.
Just months before his death, he wrote in his will that upon his and Martha’s deaths, his slaves would be granted their freedom.
This evening we visited the monuments: WWII, Vietnam Nurses, Vietnam Wall, Soldiers overlooking the Vietnam Wall, Korean and the Lincoln Memorial. What a beautiful and emotion filled evening. I asked Miss Smith if she would share her thoughts on the evening.
Thoughts From Miss Smith ~
Wow, what a powerful day! There is something about the atmosphere in DC that captivates my thoughts and heart. Everything we see has a deeper meaning. There is symbolism, beauty, and timelessness all around us. I can feel our founding fathers’ sense of patriotism exuding from the places we visit. It is refreshing to be reminded of how much our nation was founded on God!
The experience of walking through several monuments along Washington Mall this evening will stay with me for a long time. Our students delivered their well done research on each of the memorials, and I was reminded of how much has been sacrificed for our country and freedom. The effort that has been put forth to honor those who have laid their lives down, as well as those who were incredible Godly leaders of our country, is evident in every detail of these monuments.
I can feel the Holy Sprit working in my heart and I see His work in the faces of our students as well. Hearing them share their insights and thoughts on this trip has been a wonderful blessing. Each of their unique perspectives, ideas, and insights has brought me joy and made me proud of how they are taking advantage of the Spiritual growth this trip is offering them. It is amazing to see how much they are learning and being molded into Godly young adults!
Mrs. G and Mr. Smith are incredible leaders. They have a vast amount of wisdom to share and always seem to know exactly the right things to say and do. Teaching our students how to better their prayer life, connect with God, and make a difference in the world are just a few of their wonderful leadership skills that are constantly present. Their ability to impact our students every year on this trip (as well as others) is truly a blessing. I now see exactly why our program is called Impact Education.
Each night I go to bed praising God for this wonderful opportunity and praying for our hearts and minds to be open in order to soak up every drop of what tomorrow has to offer. What a blessing this trip has been!
We will debrief today after breakfast in the morning and then we will head to the Holocaust Museum to hear a ‘First Person’ presentation (a holocaust survivor) and then we will spend a few hours taking our time going through the museum.
After that we will go and pray on Embassy Row.
Prayers for tomorrow
- We all wake up refreshed ready for another amazing day
- The special speaker will touch the hearts of all who are listening. We will leave committing to be a voice – to not be silent – when grave injustices are going on around us
- The things that will be seen and experienced in the Holocaust Museum will be like character building block added to the things God has already done in and through our student’s lives.
- The weather will cooperate for our Embassy Row prayer walking time tomorrow – or we will come up with a fantastic Plan B (we’re ready)
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 (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
Have a blessed day