It Just Keeps Getting Better

It just keeps getting better and better.

It was another wonderful day of playing with the children, cleaning playground equipment and painting the mural.

We have laughed and laughed until we cried… then laughed some more.

We have shared and had our hearts challenged and encouraged.

Tonight we had dinner in town with part of the staff.  It was delicious.  The ‘Home’ let us use their bicyles and their tuk tuk thingy to go into town.  We are a sight going down the road… shouting ‘neehow’ (?) or heelllooo!  To people walking, in their yards, working in the fields. When they look up their faces just brighten up and they shout back.  The students are just loving interacting with the culture.

Tonight’s devotional was amazing and then the debrief and blessing time was phenomenal.  We went around the table and spent time sharing with each other the positive things we see in each other.  Very touching.

It’s another full work day tomorrow!  Playing with the children, finishing the mural, making Easter cupcakes, landscaping and more playing. AND…. praying on sight with insight. The kids truly don’t want to come home but … they will. : )

Please continue to pray as God is doing incredible things in our hearts.  All our hearts.

Please begin to pray for our flights home Saturday.  We leave China Sat afternoon and return to Austin Saturday evening. Pray that God will protect what He has done in their hearts on this trip and each of the students will continue to pursue God with all their heart.

Mrs. g

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A Rescued Life – A Wrecked Heart – A Prayer To Be Answered

 

Being able to work with these precious children,  that have been rescued and given an opportunity to live – will wreck your heart. Sitting on the floor, holding a child that has fallen asleep on your chest because they trust the arms they are resting in, is overwhelming.  Then you pray in your heart for God to unite this heart with a family that will treasure him/her like He does.

The time we get to spend in the nurseries and loving on the babies is an important part of their development and the fact we are getting to participate in this is kind of wrecking some hearts. That’s good.

During the children’s naptime part of the team planted 1500 plants.  Yes… fifteen hundred plants. Jay Sun was the landscaping designer. Not kidding!

Our DREAM TEAM – Hannah, Jane and Grace have the honor of painting a mural on the walls of the nurse’s examination room.  The leadership here had sent an email 2 days before we left asking if we had artists.  Do we have artist?  Why, yes… yes we do!  We sent one picture from each of the girl’s portfolios and the email came back quickly. YES, we want them to meet with us to draw and paint.

They met with the nurse and one of the directors and came up with precious designs and they are underway to bring color and life to a room that can be scary to little ones. They feel so honored and they are doing a beautiful job.

We are also helping make scrapbooks – Scrapbook team members: Yasmine, Jay, Aston and Mrs. G.

Tomorrow we bake cupcakes, clean playground equipment, scrapbooking, painting murals, more landscaping and lovin’ on babies.

Tonight in debrief we talked about their future and their life statement.  What is going to be their personal ‘tagline’ ?     They have been given 6 scriptures with questions to ponder and then to be working on their personal goals.

Please pray the girls get the mural finished, the scrapbooks finished, the cupcakes turn out great and the playground equipment looks like new after we’re done.  Pray we continue to stay healthy and that God gives us the prayers to pray in agreement with his heart for this ministry.

Till tomorrow

Mrs. G

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Part Two of Our China Journey

We finished all of our touring in Beijing this morning … Tienanmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. A little bargaining shopping and … YES … K F C.  The food has been delicious however, Kentucky Fried Chicken sounded fantastic today.

We arrived at the Foster Home about 3:15pm. Unloaded our things into our Yurts and then took a brief tour of the 3 rooms where we would be playing with and loving on the little ones.

What an amazing place we are at!  The babies/children are precious.  There are a lot of jobs needing to be done.  A Big EASTER party is happening this Sunday and we are helping them get ready; Planting, Cleaning Playground Equipment, Cooking the Easter cupcakes for Sunday and Making the children’s personal info scrapbook that will be given to their new family so they can have info about their history.

Debrief was fun and ended in prayer for the people of China.

 

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The Great Wall – The Great Call

We all agreed that today was “one of those days” that will be remembered in our hearts forever.

1. We walked on The Great Wall of China … half the team walked the 4,000 steps to the top, the other half rode the cable cars. What a view!  Such an amazing feat …the building of the wall … okay it was pretty amazing that we did physicslly accomplished what we did)

2. Grace caught our lunch that was fried for us at the village mountainside restaurant.  That was so fun.

3. Our guide was so amazing!  Her life story was so inspiring and challenging spiritually.

What a blessing she was to us and as one leader said to me, “The wall was great, but it was a bigger deal to meet her.

The internet is giving me issues tonight so this will be brief.

The devotional was led by our JE guide Rachel challenging us with a quote and thoughts from John Piper’s book A Hunger For God

Man’s struggle isn’t with sin, it’s with apple pie.

We were each challenged to look at our lives and as God to show us.  What distracts you, what can you give up and replace with obedience and devotion to God.

The Greatest Enemy of Our Hunger for God

John Piper:

Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.

The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the vulgar rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love(Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.

Jesus said some people hear the word of God, and a desire for God is awakened in their hearts. But then, “as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life” (Luke 8:14). In another place he said, “The desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful”(Mark 4:19). “The pleasures of this life” and “the desires for other things”—these are not evil in themselves. These are not vices. These are gifts of God. They are your basic meat and potatoes and coffee and gardening and reading and decorating and traveling and investing and TV-watching and Internet-surfing and shopping and exercising and collecting and talking. And all of them can become deadly substitutes for God. (A Hunger for God, Crossway, 1997)

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Your Face Is Your Passport

Your Face is Your Passport

We needed to take our passports with us to the service this morning so we could prove we were not a national because they are not allowed to come to this church service. As we approached the doors with the greeters and we were about to hand them our passports, one gentleman made a gesture with his hand circling his face and said, “You don’t need that, Your Face is your Passport”.  HA! What an amazing experience being able to go to the Beijing International Church Fellowship. We were worshiping with people from all over the world lifting our voices together . The service was a special combined service in English and Mandarin, therefore we had to have translator headphones on when the pastor preached so we could understand what he was preaching. The worship songs were done in English and Mandarin and it was overwhelming to hear the voices lifted up … together praising the King of Kings. It was very emotional. Personally, my eyes seemed to have a little bit of a leaky problem. Where we really here?  In China? Worshiping God? A person in their church had written a special drama entitled “Seeing Lesson” with songs written to go along with it.  The drama was about the busyness of life that keeps us from pursuing Christ or making him the #1 priority, keeps us from seeing the opportunities that are placed in front of us every day to be Christ to someone else.  We all need a “Seeing Lesson”.

The sermon had 3 points

  1. All things are from God – All things are for His Glory
  2. All things are through Him – God is the effective cause
  3. All Things are FOR Him – God is the final cause

After the service we joined Jay who had to stay back at the hotel because he is a Chinese national and cannot attend the International Church.  We then headed to lunch, another wonderful Chinese meal and then on to the Forbidden City.  It was big and much of it in need of repair. Our guide brought 4 Chinese students that he knows to join us to be able to practice their English.  There was symbolism in everything inside the Forbidden City; The front gates, who could enter through them, who could not, who could be in certain places, what or why buildings were built , etc.

During debrief, many commented on the Forbidden City and how one individual (Emperor) could be given so much power and everything was all about him and his glory. There were outer courts and inner courts and everything was done for the pleasure of and obedience to the emperor only. Only certain people could go through certain gates, live in certain areas. Our JE guide Rachel said it reminded her of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament –  everything was done in obedience and for God. Outer courts and inner courts.  But when Jesus came, he brought a new way of thinking, he entered the world in a lowly manner and taught us … to be the greatest you must be a servant.  You are to serve …. No be served.  Coach Hughes said it like this,  ”People see things like the Forbidden City and aspire to be powerful, great in other people’s lives … we are called to be different.”

One our way to dinner we stopped by the food market for appetizers.  We had scorpions on a stick (actually good), gooey slugs(actually not), candied fruit, tofu and some kind of octopus tentacles on a stick (Yasmine and Mason say they were good)

Dinner was at a fancy restaurant where they specialize in Peking Duck. Many dignitaries go there to eat when they come to Beijing.  It was delicious! I don’t think I have ever seen duck prepared in that many ways.

We are getting better using our chopsticks!  Cold water is a rarity here.  Lukewarm or warm water or tea is the norm.

So…  back to this morning…  as we were going in to church and we were told  “Your face is your passport”  and it reminded me of a few scriptures with the word face in it.

Our faces connect us to others but most of all to our creator God –    We can seek his face, his face can shine on us, we can know him face to face.

Psalm 67:1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us

Psalm 105:4 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always

Deuteronomy 34:10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

1 Chronicles 16: 9 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

Join me in prayer for this senior class . Pray that they would be young men and women that would desire to seek after God with all their heart. They would seek his face and in return God will make HIS face shine on them and their endeavors. Pray that they would know him, the King of Kings over all ,throughout all time and believe that:

  1. All things are from God – All things are because of God and for his glory
  2. All things are through Him – God is the effective cause
  3. All Things are FOR Him – God is the final cause

Having an eternal hope knowing one day they WILL see him face to face.  And in a round about way they won’t need a special passport to get in … just an obedient servant’s heart because they have a relationship with him and … HE  will know their face!

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China – The Adventure Begins

20170407_041023Hi family and friends!

I’m not sure how long ago it was that we left Austin, Texas, but it feels like it took us 89 hours to get here to Beijing!  All of our luggage arrived with us … YAY!  Our duffle bag suffered a little travel stress but doesn’t look like we lost anything out of it.

Our hotel is a 4 star hotel. It is very nice. My room (Mrs G) has a small meeting/business type room attached to it so it is the student’s hang out room.

Dinner was at a local restaurant – dumplings, bamboo, mushrooms, cucumbers & peanut salad.  DELISH!  I am not going to name names, but Coach Hughes and myself had a little difficulty mastering the chop sticks.  It was funny watching the people, watch Hughes as he walked through the door.

Off to the local super market to stock up on drinking water and snacks… and now a little chill time.

Tomorrow we will all go to the International Church and then to the Forbidden City, lunch and shopping at an outside market.

Our JE guide Rachel is great. Our on the ground Chinese guide is great.  This is going to be a wonderful trip!

Mrs. G

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Wednesday – A Long, Full, Amazing Day!

What a full and amazing day!

After spending time listening to a Holocaust survivor and then walking through 4 floors of proof (documents, pictures, videos, artifacts) of the atrocities committed during WWII you can find your heart wondering, “Did anyone try to help?”  “Did everyone turn a blind eye?”   It is so wonderful to find pictures and brief stories of the men and women who became rescuers of Jewish men, women and children.

The experience was deeply moving. That doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s a sobering thing I think everyone should go see.

After lunch we headed to Embassy Row and prayer walked.  Prayer walking is just that; praying while you are walking. We prayed: For God’s name to be made famous,  for Him to be glorified in the nations, for the Christ followers to have courage to share their faith (even to the point of laying down their own life) we prayed for the representatives here and their coworkers to become believers. We prayed for the things God would put on our heart once we started praying.  When we came upon the embassy of Indonesia, a group of young people were standing at the front gate.  We ended up taking a team picture with them. What a fun time!  INTERESTING NOTE: Philippe just moved from there (Indonesia) to here.  The group we met was from the same area… Jakarta! So crazy fun! God is just so cool like that isn’t He?

These students took to prayer walking. Most of them had never done it before. I love that they pushed back their fears and realized it is something that we can easily do.  I pray your student will continue to grow their prayer life!  Prayer is a tool we can use to change not only our lives but the lives of others. I pray that they continue doing it, to where it becomes just a part of their every day life.

After prayer walking we headed to the Jefferson Memorial, dinner at Cheesecake Factory and then on the way back to the hotel, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial! (by the way, that thing is HUGE)

Tomorrow we head to a morning Capitol tour, back to the hotel for our luggage and go to the airport.

As soon as we land, I’ll have your student text or call you.  About 30 minutes out from the Summit campus, I will have your student call or text you.  Please be waiting on us!

See you tomorrow

Be Blessed

Mrs g

 

 

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From George Washington’s Mount Vernon to Lincoln’s Memorial

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!

Shaylah Smith
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

  1. We all wake up refreshed ready for another amazing day
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Mrs. G

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Patriotism – Love – Greater Love – Freedom isn’t Free

After breakfast we had our debrief of the day before. Then I shared about the change in the description of the word patriot from Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language 1828 – to the Merriam – Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition  2004.

Noah’s description of patriotism(1828) means an action – born out of love for one’s country one is compelled to serve, protect and maintain.

Merriam-Webster’s( 2004) … Patriotism means love or devotion to one’s country, just an emotional feeling.  No action needed.

As a Christ follower, our hearts loyal first to the Lord our God, we can be a patriot that loves the country God has placed him/her in – compelled to serve others – care to protect the rights of all mankind and desire to maintain the statues and commandments the Lord has given us.

I do believe John 15:13 says  “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  A love so profound that one is compelled to action – to serve, to protect, to maintain civility to lay it all down – even to death.  In that regard, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a beautiful picture of a patriot.

At noon today, we had the honor of laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  If you missed it, and have access to Facebook, go on Summit’s Facebook page and you can see the video we posted.

Our students represented well.  First of all, everyone one of our young men all looked so handsome and our young lady … well … she ALWAYS looks beautiful.  We ask our students to dress up, to show honor to those that sacrificed it all.  Our students never disappoint.

The four students that had the highest honor of laying the wreath were: Abigail Schnücker, Connor Sherrill, Sam Waters and J.T. Hale. Sam and J.T. went forward to place the wreath.  Their thoughts –  “I was surprised at how serious the soldiers took their job and how high a level of honor they portrayed.”  “It was an amazing experience”  “I was honored to be able to represent our class and school”  “I was also surprised at how nervous I got. It was an amazing opportunity”  “When they played taps, I got the chills, that was amazing!”

We got 3 great videos, we’ll try to get them uploaded somewhere so you can enjoy!

After lunch at Pentagon City we changed into more comfortable clothes and headed out to the Red line to Wheaton station. The world’s longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere … fun!  Outside of the station is a statue of the commuter… rushing to the metro.  We staged a few freeze frame pictures surrounding him.  As we headed back to Union Station for dinner I gave the team a challenge. We divided into 3 team.  Each team had to sit on a different car. Look around at the people and whoever you feel impressed to pray for, silently begin to pray and allow the Holy Spirit to lead your prayers.

We stopped off at Union Station and it was exciting to see the repairs inside the main building were finished.  Since the earthquake  about 6 years ago, the ceiling was completely covered and the statues were removed.  It is so beautiful now!  A little shopping (special hats) lol and then we headed back to the hotel for the evening debrief.

Everyone shared about the day.  This is such a special time because you get to hear how each student and leader was impacted by the day. The prayers they prayed for the people on the metro were wonderful. It’s a great exercise to do when you are trying to build your prayer life and go outside of yourself and care about others you do not know.

When everyone shares during debrief, I believe a really special thing happens.  When a student shares about each experience and how it affected them personally, and they speak it out loud, it seems to push that seed of the experience deeper into their hearts.  Please join me in prayer, asking God to grow that seed so that fruit for the kingdom of God will come from the experience.  I pray that our young men and young lady will be people of integrity that will Love the Lord their God with all their soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30-31) they will trust the Lord with their whole heart and will not lean on their own understanding of things… life.. people… but in ALL aspects of their lives they will acknowledge God as the one true God, seek after him and let him direct their paths…   (Prov 3:5-6)

Tomorrow morning starts early.  We head to the waterfront and board the Patriot Cruise and head up the Potomac to Mount Vernon.  Touring first President’s home and watching the short movie “We Fight To Be Free”  really brings home the reality ‘Freedom isn’t Free’!

Tomorrow evening – at this point we believe we will be walking the monuments ending up at the Lincoln Memorial at dark…  it is another day of reflection and learning – of being challenged and changed!

Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for rest at night, energy during the day, hearts open and tuned in!

Mrs. G

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Seeking God for This City – This Nation – Our World

20170319_150252Seeking God For This City– This Nation – Our World

Picture the Rock thrown in the pond …. The ripple … it continues until it reaches the outer most points.  That is what I believe prayer for this place, Washington, D.C. does. It goes on to impact our nation … then it goes on to impact our world.

I always pray that our students get a sense of how important their purpose is and how crucial their voice can be as they walk out that purpose … IF … they have their heart turned toward God … full on! Prayer is a crucial tool for them to understand and to use.

After we all arrived and had lunch and put our luggage in the hotel. Next we headed to the National Mall to go to the Washington Monument. This is where we always start each trip. You get the magnificent view as you walk all the way around the monument: the WWII Memorial, the Reflecting Pond, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian buildings, The Capitol.

NEW DISCOVERY:   We talk about the history of the monument. ?There are many interesting facts.  When the cap was being designed and made for the top of the obelisk, these words were written on the top; Laus Deo!  meaning “Praise be to God”  at the highest point in D.C.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Articles:    On the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument in Washington, DC are two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument have no idea they are even there and…for that matter…probably couldn’t care less!

Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words … out of sight and, one might think, out of mind … but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the world. And what might those two words … composed of just four syllables and only seven letters … mean? Very simply … “Praise be to God!”

This year, as we were rechecking facts and looking for new information we discovered something that we had not learned had happened within the NPS. (National Park Service)

APEX OF THE MONUMENT

Reproduction

The builders searched for an appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time, aluminum. The casting was inscribed with the phrase, Laus Deo, (Praise be to God).

The NPS censored the last sentence from the latest plaque, which now reads:

CAP OF THE MONUMENT

Reproduction

The builders searched for appropriate metal for the cap that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time — aluminum.

In addition, the replica of the cap which is in the monument has been positioned so close to the wall that the wording “Laus Deo” cannot be read. Prior to the censorship by the NPS, the replica wording could be read.

Really? They want to take REAL HISTORICAL FACTS about a national monument and act like it never happened. The news of that really got us.  It happened in 2000 I believe but think of how many years no one was ashamed and it was in descriptions…  heartbreaking.

Bear with me.  This  is important.  In a place that needs the presence and direction of our God Almighty, many people would like for him to be, as Steve Hawthorne says in his Seek God for the city book … anonymous …  they want him to be an anonymous God, not famous, unknown, not spoken of.  But D. C. has God’s heart print all over it!  We are here to agree with the heart of God for our nation and our leaders. We are asking him to be glorified and to draw men and women to him.  We are praying for the leaders of our nation to seek Godly council… whether they want to or not.

1 Timothy 2:1-2   I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

So from this discussion … our group spends time in prayer near the foot of the monument. Everyone prayed.  Man, I love it when young people pray, especially when it is prayers like they prayed today.  It is going to be a Great week!  (Have I said that already?  I mean it)

Pslam 72:17     May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun.  Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.  Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.   Amen and Amen

After prayer we headed over and got a closer look at the White House. Last  minute we grabbed the last 45 minutes that the American History Smithsonian was open.

We will debrief  what we experienced today in the morning after breakfast and then head to Arlington National Cemetery.  Tomorrow is when we lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 12:15. I am going to try to live feed it on Summit’s Facebook page.  Not sure I can but I’m going to give it a try.

After lunch we will choose our afternoon – evening options. Depending on how the weather is cooperating here is our list to work from: Monuments, Prayer Walking Embassy Row, Smithsonian Museums.

Everyone was tired after dinner so we called it an early evening (pretty sure some guys are watching basketball for a while)

Your kids are fantastic. Mr. Smith (former SCA Parent) is a blessing and Miss Smith (homeroom teacher) is a blessing as well. It’s going to be a GREAT few days.

Be blessed … and be a blessing!

Mrs. G

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