Our Adventures at National Police Week
Rick and I got back yesterday from a week of ministry to law enforcement during National Police Week in D.C.
I know I can't adequately describe the God moments, divine appointments or ministry opportunities, but I have a lot of pictures that capture some of the things we did, and I'd love to share them with you.
Wednesday the 10th
Rick and Kristi fly to D.C., and stay at The Cedars - a base home for Christians here and abroad who want to pray, meet for Bible study, encourage one another, etc. We have become part of the family there and are blessed to have opportunity to catch up with old friends and new.
It was raining and cold, but that did not dampen our spirits or ministry!
Rick and I (Badge of Hope Ministries) teamed up with CODE3 out of Fresno, CA, and hosted a BBQ for Alexandria Police Department. They were very appreciative. Well, hey, it's food, isn't it?! :)
This day was filled with a trip to the memorial wall where the names of fallen officers are inscribed. It was also the day of the RISE Conference where I was one of the speakers.
Saturday the 13th
We headed to the hotel where the "survivors" were staying. These are the spouses, children, parents, siblings, co-workers, etc. who lost their loved one in the line of duty.
There, we prayed with many of them...talked...listened...asked questions about their officer...shuttled them to and from the memorial wall, etc. And, I was asked to give an impromptu prayer at a survivors luncheon. No pressure.
Saturday evening was the candlelight service. It was cold and wet, but our team handed out programs and roses to the officers who would escort the survivors to their seat. We stood for hours, but what an honor.
Our team went to Tent City to minister, but it was also a free day. We went to Arlington National Cemetery and back to the wall.
Monday the 15th
We attended the memorial service on the Capitol lawn. There we handed out water and programs, and heard a wonderful and inspiring message from President Trump!!!
Tuesday the 16th
Our time in DC was over. We flew home and now look forward to next year!!
*Please be in prayer for our officers, their families and our government as we try to eradicate the hatred and violence of our law enforcement, and any more names being added to the wall.