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 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 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!! Over the weekend, we were able to get roughly 3,600 people through the maze! And more importantly, 3,600 people received a specially designed gospel tract for this year’s haunt! In addition to that, we were able to take the opportunity to reach out to all the other people within the Haunt Community who also participated in the convention. Our haunt was so well-received at the convention that we were commended by several reviewers, received great reviews from the convention goers on the hall floor, were invited to be interviewed on a secular podcast, AND we were invited to come back next year. We are thankful for all this, and we expect many more people to come out to the haunt during the Halloween season this year because of the good press we received. 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, and our goal is $3,000. 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. One example of need is repairs to our large animatronic spider – Humberto. He was such a success at the convention, and was triggered so many times, that he is in desperate need of repairs and TLC before the Halloween season. In preparing for the convention opportunity, we shouldered most of the cost ourselves, but to bring things home for the Halloween season, we need your continued support for the outreach. Any amount of support will help and is deeply appreciated.
This year’s opportunities are going 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