Rally for Hope 9!
Please Keep “Rally for Hope 9!” in prayer:
Nine years ago, I lead a formation of community leaders, churches, and organizations to collaborate around an event called “Rally for Hope.” Prior to my pastorate, I was an educator at a local alternative school. Over the course of 15 years, I had become accustomed to seeing your basic “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 youth in our area. This significant rise brought forth a tangible loss of hope amongst our youth. These events lead many young people to live and act out in ways as if they were giving up on life. This really drove me to step out of my classroom and call the community of Believers to action on behalf of our children.
The “Rally for Hope 9!” is the continuing cross-cultural and collaborative effort of local churches, organizations and passionate people with a heart to bring hope to the 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 the city, 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 perform their craft voluntarily. It also gives opportunity to put on display the many and great things the youth are doing throughout our city. Local news stations have come and broadcasted the Rally, highlighting the many people encouraged by the variety of gospel presentations and the many dozen of the city’s homeless fed with free food/drinks provided by local youth groups and other various ministries. Additionally, the “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 arduous task of returning back to school and the complexities of young life. We have found that many youth who come to the Rally are really at a point of crisis and, true to its name, the rally provides them with that much needed boost of hope for the journey.
We believe in this time of recession recovery it is our call to turn up the volume on Hope and encourage the City more than ever before! We are willing to go to great lengths to fulfill this mission! (Please Join Us!)
“Rally for Hope 9!” Sat. August 24th, 2013
12:00pm – 5:30pm 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.
In His Service,
Pastor Terrence Proctor
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