Wytheville, VA – a warm, loving and caring welcome from the police as we rolled through the city and as Mayor Trent Crewe presented Howard Galganov a golden Key to the City.
To open the event the Appalachian Conference of the IPHC sent their Royal Rangers to post the colors for us, all led by Steve Allen.
There were speeches by the Mayor, Pastor / M25 Pointman Gary Cope, Howard, and myself. As we played the Jewish songs of memory, the national anthem of three countries, Israel, Canada and the USA there were tears being wiped.
The highlight of the event was our Andy Retti speaking to us as an Holocaust Survivor and then leading us in the pledge, NEVER AGAIN will we allow there to be a genocide such as the Holocaust.
As we rode, the words of Joshua and Caleb ran through my thoughts. They assured the Jewish people that even though they were outnumbered, outsized and out equipped, God would bring them the victory. There may be only 40 or so of us riding thus far, but we believe God is going to be with us to help us make the statement.
Just before I prayed a Christian Prayer, the words from Parliament Hill rolled through my mind, ‘I don’t stand before you as a Christian or an American but a human being! As a human we cannot allow such an atrocity like the Holocaust happen.’
My prayer was followed by the Hebrew prayer and one more song in honor of one of the organizers in Atlanta that passed away, Michael Thomas.
Then off to Smokey’s for some great food and a lot of giggles!
Thanks for all who are praying for us.
Gary Burd aka Shepherd
Mission:M25 National Director
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