Editor's note: A Craig family started a trek called the Goliath Project in which they will travel across the country to pray in 24 eastern states. The Craig Daily Press publishes weekly articles from the Haynes family as they progress on their journey.
Since we've last written we've had our prayer days in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. Every prayer day and every capitol experience is very different. Some capitols are hustling and busy; others are quiet and very empty. Regardless of the busyness around us, our mission remains the same to pray for that state.
Sometimes the activity around us helps us to know how to pray. In Kentucky, there was a lot of activity because it was Blue Ribbon Day. We showed up just in time to enjoy releasing blue balloons. The blue ribbons are for child abuse awareness; that gave us a good reminder to pray for children. We met both the governor and his wife that day; very briefly, but it was our first time meeting a first lady. We thought that was neat.
In West Virginia we enjoyed a three days in the mountains at a gorgeous retreat center for pastors and their families. We stayed in a four-bedroom cottage. What a treat for each of the kids to have their own space after five weeks of sleeping in the same room! The time there was so refreshing to all of us. We got excited about being able to do things like cook and do dishes. It's amazing the things you miss when you are on the road. We used our time there to just slow down and rest in the Lord. It's hard not to look to God when you are in the beauty of his creation. Our time at Faith Mountain was a time we won't soon forget.
Now we are in Virginia and are absolutely surrounded by history. The capitol itself was designed by Thomas Jefferson. During the Civil War it was used as the capitol for the Confederacy, so there were statues honoring some of the Civil War soldiers. We just continue to be amazed by the Civil War and how our country could fight itself. We went to such a neat museum today; one that let us experience the war from a soldier's perspective. Right before we left we heard the story of two brothers who met on this battlefield, one as a Union soldier, one as a Confederate soldier. It is so amazing to think of that, brother against brother.
The Civil War ended in Virginia with Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Another war also ended in Virginia; it was the Revolutionary War and today we stepped back in time to visit that era. We spent the day at Colonial Williamsburg, learning firsthand what it was like to live in the times just prior to the Revolutionary War. The town is set up so you can experience the history as you talk with interpreters who are dressed in character. We saw Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson today. We all enjoyed listening to them talk and explain things from their perspective.
At the end of the day we watched a tomahawk throwing competition and the kids participated in a military muster. Abby and Caleb marched with the color guard they loved it.
This ended with two canon shots which made Caleb's whole day. He's seen so many canons and wanted so badly to hear one fire.
This day provided us with an opportunity to learn so much history. All that we've heard about this era really came alive for us. One thing that surprised us was just how big Virginia used to be. They used to have a small county called Kentucky!
If you ever have the opportunity to visit this part of the country we would highly recommend spending a day or even two at Williamsburg.
One thing we haven't mentioned is that we have added a special member to our Goliath Project for the rest of April. Our friends in Minnesota have sent us Flat Drew.
If any of you have ever heard of the book Flat Stanley you will understand.
For a school project Drew made us a life size image of himself and he is tagging along with us, so you may see him in some of our pictures. Today Drew was being a little too rowdy so he spent some time in the stockades at Williamsburg.
We are excited to get to the nation's capital this week.
There is so much history and such a constant reminder of the great freedoms that we do have in this country.
We will spend many days in Washington DC and feel that we will do much praying while we are there. Our nation's leaders need our prayers, especially now. It just seems like so much is going on. We would encourage each one of you to remember to pray for our leaders instead of complaining about them.
They really do have a tough job.
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIV
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