I went to talk with Zach Daddy, the youth pastor of Wallula, today about this vision for X-Night. I wasn't sure if he would be as excited about it as I, but figured I'd talk to him...He was totally stoked! Not only to see it done, but to come along side and be part of the doing. He also understands this as not our thing, but God's thing to reach the youth of this community. Zach also has some connections with other churches that I don't, so he will start working around as well.
I have already checked into the price of the community center. It's very reasonable...we can get the whole thing for probably like $600 or so. I have also sent out an email to Jared Hall, the christian illusionist (www.JaredHall.com), to see if he is available to come in August...His calendar looks clear right now. Zach and I figured this would be an awesome way to kick off the school year, plus we won't be missing kids on vacation as well. So waiting on that response, plus cost.
Things that need to be done...
-Find bands (possibly Die to Self again...as one of the openers...)
I am going to check on Seventh Day Slumber, and some other awesome even bigger name bands...Kutless, TFK, whatever...I'm not sure (IF YOU HAVE IDEAS LET ME KNOW)
-Figure out cost for them
-Start getting the word out to the churches now!
Then---Have a planning meeting with all of the youth pastors saying this is what we want to do, this is the cost, these are how many volunteers we need etc...Get everyone on board, active and involved, and get rolling!
LORD, LET YOUR WILL BE DONE IN THIS. I KNOW THAT I AM NOT CAPABLE OF SOMETHING OF THIS MAGNITUDE, NOR ALL THE YOUTH PASTORS OF THIS AREA COMBINED. YOU ARE THE ONLY WHO CAN CHANGE THESE KIDS AND THIS CITY. LET YOUR WILL BE DONE. LAY OUT THE FOUNDATION OF THIS PROJECT, GUIDE THE FOOTWORK, AND EXCITE THE YOUTH.
Please pray that God would totally Rock Leavenworth!