Rally for Hope 2017!
I am Terrence Proctor, Senior Pastor of Church By the Side of the Road, in Tukwila, WA. I am excited to be bringing Rally for Hope to Seattle for the eleventh year! It was over twelve years ago when I led a collaboration of community leaders, churches and organizations to form an event we called “Rally for Hope.” Before becoming a pastor, I was a teacher at a local alternative school in Seattle. During those 15 years, I became used to seeing “at-risk and deviant” behavior among some of our students, but in 2003 I was rocked and shaken by a sudden rise in violent events involving the youth in our community. This increase in violence created a real loss of hope among our youth. These events led many young people to live and act out in ways as if they had no hope and were giving up on life. This drove me to step out of my classroom and call the community of believers to action on behalf of our children.
“Rally for Hope 2017!” is the continuing cross-cultural and collaborative effort of local churches, organizations and passionate people with a heart to bring hope to the youth of our city. Each year, the City of Seattle has granted us permits to hold this event in the heart of downtown, right in front of Seattle’s popular and prominent Westlake Mall. Local organizations bring hundreds of kids from all over, while thousands of downtown dwellers and passers-by are drawn to the music, variety of arts and just plain good feeling of what’s happening “just down the street”. Last year over 2,500 people attended the event.
This event has a great reputation of staging the best local talent and ministries, who all give of their time voluntarily. It is also an opportunity for the youth of our city to display the many great things they are doing throughout their communities. Local news stations have broadcast the Rally, highlighting the many people encouraged by the gospel presentations and the hundreds of homeless people who are fed with free food & drinks provided by youth groups and other various ministries. In addition, “Rally for Hope” has hosted a great line-up of inspiring speakers, who come to encourage and empower young people as they prepare for the difficult task of going back to school and the complexities of young life. We have found that many young people who come to the Rally are at a point of crisis in their life and the Rally provides them with a much needed boost of hope for their journey.
We believe it is our calling to turn UP the volume on HOPE and encourage this city more than ever before! We are willing to go to great lengths to fulfill this mission! Please join us!
“Rally for Hope 2017!” Saturday, August 26th, 2017
12:00pm – 5:30pm at Westlake Park (Downtown Seattle)
Please feel free to contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Church By the Side of the Road: 206-243-5024. I look forward to working with you.
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