“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
This scripture stands out and represents so much of the day today.
We started our day at the Bible Museum. It truly was a great experience. We had no idea what we were going to experience but we all agreed, it was really good. I don’t know that it can be put into words. We started off in the Old Testament – the Torah. The creativity used to tell the stories of the Bible. We were all pleasantly surprised and blessed by the experience. I think we would all suggest… it’s worth visiting.
After lunch we split into our two teams and did some walking and some praying in our two specific areas for some of the nations that have an embassy in Washington, D.C. First you aren’t trying to bring attention to yourself, in fact we have the teams pose in front of the Embassy with the flag behind them, while the leader is taking a picture of the team. Meanwhile, the person that chose that country prays for the nation, key points they research and for some countries, the persecuted church. We pray for healthcare where some countries have very little and the infant mortality rate is really high. We pray for our relationship with the nations, etc.
After Embassy Row we all headed to the National Museum of African American History! It is moving, eye opening, sobering, convicting … it is also honoring, challenging and then fun in the entertainment section to see items from famous African Americans icons and interactive booths set up to make your own music. It’s like the other Museums, you can’t see it all in one visit and as we each shared in debrief tonight, you’ll see something someone else didn’t and realize… I have to go back!
The scripture above really is a big part of this week… Speaking Up!
In the African American Museum in an obscure corner in the lower section C2 of the museum is the story of Emmett Till that really shook everyone up! Five of us went yesterday and came back talking about it, so much so that everyone wanted to go to the African American Museum today. I believe that small room and the story rocked us all. I pray that we’ll never forget it and it will spur each of us to speak up, out and loud.
The designer/creators of the museum really did do a good job of bringing you along in the struggle of freedom for the black man, woman and child…
Tomorrow morning is the Capitol Tour and following that is the Holocaust Museum. It will be another day of interesting information and events … but it will also be another day of being challenged deep within our very beings… to be a person that will
‘speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves’