This advice was given to us by Pastor Bud Dixon, a gentleman who participated in the Civil Rights struggle with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1962. Dr. King wanted national attention focused on Albany, Georgia and Bud had joined in the inter-racial delegation, so to speak, to non-violently shed much needed publicity. In short, they protested, sang songs of worship and spent some time in jail. Today, southern hospitality has improved, but Bud notes that race relations continues to be a problem in the United States.
“What should we do?” I asked.
“Don’t listen to liars and be with interesting people. Read and be informed”.
I leave more encouraged than not. I am reminded about Romans 8 which Shane mentioned as well when we asked him about the concept of Hope.
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” –Romans 8:24-25
We spent a good chunk of time on the road today, but one other highlight to be mentioned was our visit with the Lindquists –that’s Barbara and Dave, parents of Erik Lindquist (I have dirt on you from your brother)! We thoroughly enjoyed a hearty meal and visiting their newly built cottage and the grounds in Wisconsin.
Also, in reflection of the past few days, I am grateful for the patient and kind spirits of the girls. 4 girls + small space + all the time does not always equal to happy campers. But I’m having such a superb time growing and having a ball! Tent setting conditions last night proved to be our biggest challenge thus far, but I continue to learn that when things are easy, we do not appreciate them nearly as much. When we realize that we are not in control, we realize Who is.
We leave tomorrow to visit an inner city school in Minneapolis where we are currently being hosted by more generous new friends, and head off to camping land in Wind Cave and Yellowstone.