Do you know why we like Halloween so much? One reason…
It is a MASSIVE evangelism field ready for planting and harvesting!
In 2018, it was reported that nearly 70% of people in the U.S. alone will be participating in some sort of Halloween activity, and the holiday itself has become a 9 BILLION DOLLAR industry. Like it or not, this holiday is no small thing. And so, in order to leverage the holiday and surrounding activities (and to take the battle directly to the Enemy,) we created the Realm of Shadow.
The Realm of Shadow is a gore-free community haunted attraction/maze that was started by Ron Love and Nathan Hamre over 10 years ago. Our mission has been simple: to put on a quality, creepy, fun maze each year, so that we can attract as many people as possible. As the people go through the maze, they are given great candy and gospel tracts. Doing this year after year has allowed us to create a ton of goodwill within the community, and allows us to regularly engage in spiritual conversations with the attendees. What Satan has meant for evil, God turns it on its ear and uses for His purposes each year. The Realm of Shadow has been open for multiple nights over the last few years, and we have been blessed to reach an average of 400 people each year with the gospel. Last year, we felt called to up the quality of the event in order to attract an even wider audience, and we were able to reach several of our building and equipment goals with the generous support of many friends and donors. God blessed abundantly, and it appears He has something much larger in mind for this year.
This year, in addition to our regular haunt schedule in October, (long story short) God has provided the connections and opportunity for the Realm of Shadow to put on a slightly scaled down version of this year’s haunted maze at the 2019 Midsummer Scream Convention in Long Beach, CA (Aug. 3rd and 4th). THIS IS HUGE!!! An estimated 30,000 people will attend this year’s convention, and we will have the opportunity to reach out to ALL OF THEM. Our current plan is to build and staff the attraction over the two days, and put together give-away bags that include gospel tracts for all those who go through the maze. Not only does this opportunity give us access to 30,000 attendees, but it also creates a huge advertising platform for the October haunt schedule. In the end, it’s all about reaching more and more people for Jesus!
We are seeking financial support for a very wide range of needs this year. We need everything from building and external/internal decorating materials, to additional electronic and audio triggers, lighting, props, costumes, and materials for the give away bags. This year’s opportunity is way beyond anything we have ever attempted, but we know that through your prayers and financial support, God will accomplish all that He has put before us to do! Thank you for being a part of this special outreach, and thank you for allowing us to provide the opportunity for you to extend your evangelistic reach by letting us be your hands.
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The Realm of Shadow Outreach Team