I arrived in Washington, D.C. late Thursday night on March 3rd, we went to work immediately. There was a trailer attached to one of the trucks and we had to unload everything into the house. The houses there reminded me of San Francisco, everybody squashed together and yet really no communication between anyone.
Anyway the house that was to become our home for the next couple months was completely empty when we arrived. By the time we got the trailer unloaded the house started to actually look like a home.
The next day we had to go shopping for groceries and we got 5 carts full of food at Costco; it was quite the shopping expedition. I have never gotten so much food while shopping before. It was quite the adventure and was really fun as well. By the time we got back we just had time to put all the groceries away and make something to eat for supper before we had to have worship to bring in the Sabbath.
Thus the first few days past and we started to get into the swing of things. Slowly but surely as that first week progressed new people started to arrive and the gang/group started to grow. We had meetings to establish a system, and an operation on how everything was to be run.
Every Sabbath we went to different churches telling the members a little bit about us and letting them know a little bit about what we were going to do on Capitol Hill. We were trying to recruit as much help as we could, but unfortunately we only got positive results at a couple churches. The Lord opened our eyes though and it was a learning curve for all of us. Somehow through it all we saw the good in all of it.
The first couple of weeks were slow as we were trying to figure out a game plan of how we were going to witness to the senators, congressmen, lobbyist, and staffers. It took several twists and turns and the plans kept changing and the Lord kept moving us in different directions. Soon we figured out the plan that the Lord was trying to reveal to us.
The plan that ended up sticking and the one that we started to execute is the following. We wanted to get permits for area 8 and 9, which is right in front of Capitol Hill. How this works is – Capitol Hill allows people to come and protest, demonstrate, etc. in certain areas around the Capitol. You must submit what you are doing and also the equipment that you are going to use, so that way it can go through the proper authorities and they either accept or decline you. Once you are accepted though they can’t tell you that you can’t talk about a certain subject because of freedom of speech.
So we had the idea to hold right on the front lawn of the Capitol, evangelist meetings, to talk about health, and also the role of the Pope and what his true agenda was when he came here last September. Steps were then taken to get everything ready, and boy the next couple of weeks leading up to that were very busy!
While we were in the midst of preparing for that series, we heard about the evangelical preachers coming to D.C. to pray for our nation. This of course was very interesting news, now not only were the leaders of our nation right in our backyard but also here were some of the well-known evangelical pastors. We are told that it is our job, our duty to preach, to take the gospel message to the leaders of our nation, and to the leaders of our churches – and that even includes our own church.
Things got very interesting after this news, then we had an idea to hold a special sermon for these people. We looked into seeing if the other side of the Capitol was free so that we could get a permit for holding a meeting there. To our great surprise and delight the area was free – this was area number 1. The capitol building is the only building that I know of that has two front sides, the west and the east are both called fronts. So area 1 is facing Memorial Lake and the Monument. Area 8 and 9 are near the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.
Now you guys get a clearer picture of what I’m talking about. So we had special invitations printed out and we got a guy to cater and make burritos for the day. We got tables, chairs, batteries, a stage (which we had to set up), huge batteries each one weighing about 180 lbs., speakers and a TV Screen so that people could see the power point. All of the electronics we had to rent, and the stage as well.
Since we had to provide our own security as well, we had to rent walkie-talkies and we bought green neon vests like the police wear. During the planning meetings we had to put people in charge of each station so when it was asked who would like to volunteer to be chief police and to head the Marshals, I put up my hand. It sounded like a lot of fun to be a police officer for the meetings, so it turned out that I had a team of Marshals at each of the events.
To be continued……