On Tuesday, January 30 – Thursday, February 1, 2018 forty leaders from Dallas were hosted in Washington, D.C. by the Movement Day Greater Dallas (MDGD) leadership team. The purpose of the trip was to deepen relationships between multi-racial pastoral communities. Pastors have been journeying together in Dallas with MDGD for five years. This multi-racial coalition was crucial in responding to the July 2016 shootings where five local police officers were killed. Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has been a close friend of MDGD, levied the support of the pastoral community to bring hope and healing to the city during that critical time.
Mart and Steve Green spoke to the group about the founding of the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) and IllumiNations. The MOTB opened in November 2017 as the third largest museum in Washington, D.C. and the most technologically sophisticated museum in the world. The purpose of the museum is to demonstrate the reliability and the credibility of the Bible to modern culture. The Dallas team visited the museum as one of the most diverse groups since its opening. The team also toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
IllumiNations, is a Bible translation movement that is accelerating the work of Bible translation impacting 4,000 languages. Respected agencies have been meeting nearly every month for 8 years as part of this initiative. Together they have reduced the timeline to translate the Bible by 200 years. Their vision is to complete translations for every language by 2033.
As churches convene their leaders for Movement Day Greater Dallas, the aspiration is that hundreds of churches will collaborate with the IllumiNations partnership. Dallas is hosting its 5th expression of Movement Day at Dallas Baptist University on Saturday, February 24, 2018.