The meeting was finally over, and we were FREEZING! We loaded the trucks as fast as we could. Now let me back track just a little bit and tell you guys about the trucks. We had to rent two trucks, one was a regular U-Haul and the other was a refrigerated truck for the food. These trucks had to go through inspection which took 2 hours to do, so those who were driving the trucks had to leave the house in order to be done with inspection by 3:15pm.
To go through inspection you have to unload the trucks so that they can search everything and then they have to package it all up and tape everything up and then you go to another station where they inspect it all over again. The people that did that helped the officers every time by unloading and reloading all the things on the truck.
Ok, back to what I was saying before, we loaded the two trucks and they took off, now some of us walked home and some got in a van. Of course I ended up walking home, but when we got home it was so great to know what we had just accomplished and to know that it was great – despite everything working against us. Although we didn’t get the turn out that we had hoped for God used us and we were able to deliver and be a witness to who knows how many people whether they came to the meeting or not. We need to remember these souls in our prayers that’s for sure.
That night we had a debriefing of the day which didn’t last that long and after talking some we all headed straight to bed. It was so nice to relax and to be warm again! That night I am pretty sure that we were all dead to the world when we slept.
Our adventures were far from over though. The next day we had to get things organized, because we had the next series to prepare for, starting on Monday April 11th. So a there were two teams going to the homeless to give food. One went in the big food truck and the other lot took a dolly with a big cardboard box with bags of food and literature.
I was in the group with the dolly, we started walking to places where we knew that the homeless congregated and for the most part they were very thankful and a blessing to us. To see the joy on their faces and to know that we had a part in putting it there was a very happy feeling indeed.
We met one particularly interesting lady who had been homeless for the past 5 years. She had lived in on the streets of Washington D.C. trying to be an advocate for the homeless. She had quite the interesting story, she went to church years ago and told us her story. We were able to pray for her and she seemed a little more cheerful after our visit. We gave her two bags of food that had literature in it and also some extra burritos.
The rest of the day we were able to rest and recover from Sabbath. The next day, two of the people had to go to the kitchen to help with the catered meal. The rest of us strategized how we could move faster in setting up the chairs and the equipment. We tried to get there early, most of us walked there except for those who had to drive the trucks.
We were running a bit late that day but we were a bit better than we had been on Saturday. We had a couple of people turn up.
It was quite an interesting thing, during the entire week that the series was going on there was a group of protesters called Democracy Springs; they were protesting against the government. They sat on the steps and were doing civil disobedience on the steps of the Court House. There were so many arrests that the jails got full and they just had to bring them in and give them a ticket.
We went through the crowd and got a few interviews with a few of the people in the crowd. It was interesting to see how these people, hundreds and hundreds of people, were dedicated to this cause and so many of them were willing to go to jail for this cause.
To see how many of those people being so dedicated to their cause, and yet so few of us are willing to stand up for truth, or to witness for the Lord. How is it that these people were so dedicated and yet it is so hard to find people to come and help evangelize to these people who don’t really understand what they are trying to accomplish.
We got a few people from that group who actually wandered over and listened to the meeting and were quite interested in what the presenters had to say. On the second to the last day a couple came over and asked what we were doing, so I prayed in my head that the Lord would give me the right words to say. I told them about what we were trying to do, to make people realize what the pope’s true agenda is and to make people realize that we need to stand up for the freedom that our nation once fought for.
To be continued… One Part left!