The Departure – Civil Rights Bus Tour 2017 Part 1 of 7

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October 26, 2017

15 people outside a church bus about the board We’re ready to start our trip. Our earliest departure time yet — 5 a.m. comes really early! There are 27 members of our group, each with slightly different reasons for coming, slightly different goals and expectations. There are children with us this time. We prayed for them, as most of us did not start thinking about things related to ethnicity and their implications until we were in our teen years.  A little confusion and a late start, but we are off. We’ll travel 530 miles to our first stop.

Although this year’s trips has new destinations and different team members, our mission is the same: seeking deeper understanding. I’m excited for another Civil Rights Bus Tour, but I’m not so sure this is something we should feel happy about. We are going to see a sad portion of history. The group is excited, too, and open to whatever God has for us on this trip.

As we travel, I read from Luke 8: “No one when he has lit a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lamp stand, that those who enter may see the light.” One thought that crossed my mind: What if nothing changes? Am I willing to be faithful to Christ even or especially in light of injustice? Will I hide my light under a bushel?


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