Back Hallowed Be His Name Festival draws 1,000 inner-city adults and children
November 2nd, 2011
On Saturday, October 29, 75 Kairos volunteers took Halloween festivities to the downtown neighborhood surrounding ministry partner Set Free Church in Nashville, alongside Project 615.
Set Free Church was planted by Brentwood Baptist and the Nashville Baptist Association in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the city.
Bob Carlton, Church Multiplication Minister, said, "They did this to help the community know that Jesus loves them and that there's now a church there that loves them too. Set Free is a real beacon of hope in a very dark place. Because you're a part of our church family, you were a part of making this event happen, so thank you."
Over the course of the day:
• 4 children won bikes in giveaways
• 200+ cross necklaces made for children
• 200+ pumpkins painted
• 200+ cookies decorated and eaten
• 200+ candy bags decorated
• 300+ pretzels from Auntie Annie's passed out
• 350+ barbecue sandwiches eaten
• 640+ slices of pizza devoured
• 750+ cups of lemonade provided
• 1,000 adults and children from inner-city neighborhood were loved
• Countless jumps in the bounce houses
Keely Boggs, Kairos Missions Coordinator, said, "There's a saying on my desk that reads: 'You've never really lived until you've done something for someone who can never repay you…' [Volunteers] gave their time, resources, and their love to a neighborhood and community that will never be able to repay them for their generosity and kindness."
Children roamed from trunk to trunk, trick-or-treating. They also painted pumpkins, ate pizza, danced with the adults, participated in other activities, and, most importantly, heard the gospel of who Jesus is, how much He loves them, and what He did for them.
"[The volunteers'] kindness, smiles, and laughter not only helped create fun memories for children and families who don't have much to smile about, but also made them feel special and loved…" Keely said. "They may never fully know the impact they had on Saturday…"
Photos by Johnnie Winters
Story by Kaylan Christopher, Staff Writer