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Providence, RI — July 11th
The gentle men attending to the campground stopped to see us at our bus. After they toured, Bynah said, "Let's sing them a song." So everyone gathered and we sang them the beautiful song from our brothers in Australia, "Creator of All." They were touched and so were we to honor them. They are not the people who usually receive such honor, but by their character they showed they deserved it.
We spent all day at Kennedy Plaza in the heart of downtown Providence.
It was not very busy, but people came by and we had nice talks with
Shortly afterwards, three teenage boys hopped on. "What's happening?" they said and asked us countless questions about the bus and our life. As we explained the Three Eternal Destinies of Man, they all took different stances towards it and we had a lively debate. They thought what we believed was different, intriguing, and very controversial. Finally, they had to go. They promised to come back and take some pictures.
We played music and danced and hosted an Open Forum tent. Intense gusts of wind prevented our banners from waving high and narrating the demonstration of life we were placing before people. Judy met us and thought for sure she had met us thirty years before in Arizona, but it was probably the Hippie bus, with us for the first time on the East Coast Merrymakers Tour. She was a very nice older woman who had had to refuse our offer to dance because of a recent medical procedure.
John wandered over to our event at Kennedy Plaza. He was fresh from a convention for real estate agents. Seeing the buses intrigued him and he cautiously came aboard Peacemaker I. Asking a few questions, he ended up having a wonderful conversation with us about the counter-culture movement, the Jesus Movement, etc. He's become disillusioned with the Catholic Church even though he has significant financial responsibility. He sees how people are being helped so little. He saw our life as doing something good for the needy people. He took many papers and wants to visit the Community in Buffalo.
He sees the poor and needy come to church and he wonders, as nothing
in their life changes, "What can I do? I don't have answers for
any of them."
We made our way over to Thayer Street, the alternative hangout in
Providence. Who should be the first to greet us but the three teenaged
young men with their parents! Full of smiles, they gave them a first-class
The scene was so different from the park downtown. These blurry photographs cannot convey the joy and excitement people felt as they entered into our rich social life. We taught dance after dance and so many people entered in with us. Their dignity was confirmed as they got the steps and skillfully entered in.
We met a very nice Korean girl from Warwick. She chatted with us,
loved our maté, and danced. She thoroughly enjoyed herself and
couldn't get over the fact that she had found us. Afterwards, four boys
mocked us, catcalling as they walked by. But something happened as they
walked to the end of the block. They turned around, came back, boarded
our buses, and ended up having a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Merrymaking
More coming soon!!!