How is your fall?
It has been a very long time since my last blog post. I assume at this point that any of my readers have probably given up on me by now :). Well, life kind of got in the way, but I am finally here to give you a summary of the wonderful events that happened this last August 13-15.
In case you have not heard about the 300 or 4us, check out my original post about it here.
Now the fun part! I get to tell you how it all went!
This event was a blast. We arrived Thursday morning (early, I might add :), where I was assigned to the team Zulu or Kidzcare! This was a fun team. I got to spend the day with preschoolers (best people ever!) coloring, playing games and even testing out the bouncy houses for the family fun fest. Other teams did jobs like setting up a concert stage, bouncy house blow-ups, registration, tent set-up, merchandise and food duty (and more!). After an afternoon of playing with the kiddos (and Chick-fil-a food!) all of the 300 volunteers participated in the first ever Sound and Light games! We played events like, tricycle relays, blow-up toy races and zip-line battles. These were so fun! I hung out with two sweet little boys, ages 7 and 9, who were on my team. Unfortunately, my team placed. . . dead last. We still had a blast. The evening finished off with a showing of Mega Mind on the big screen in the field, then off to bed in our tents.
Friday morning, we were greeted with. . . rain. Lots and lots of rain. Because we are in the lovely Pacific Northwest, rain is normally not a big problem. But when you are trying to set up a mega event for thousands of people, rain and wind stop that a little bit. We prayed the rain would stop in time. In the mean time, we attended the Sound and Light academy, where we heard two great speakers. We heard inspiring talks about how to defend our beliefs about life, how to unmask planned parenthood, and how to get people like you excited for the 300! By lunch time, the rain was blowing all the harder. At this point, we had to make a decision: continue with the prep for our Luma Glow Fun Run that evening, or cancel the event and disappoint all of the participants. We decided to continue with the event. I worked with team Hotel, where we set up big light displays for the Luma Glow Run (the Luma Glow run is where participates run a 5k in the dark, guided by a glow-stick path and glow displays). The rain continued to pour. The run was scheduled at 7 pm, and by 6 pm, it was still raining. But God does amazing things. By 6:30, the rain had completely stopped. It was still fairly cold, but we were ready for this 5k. It turns out that hundreds of participates still came. I guess Western Washington runners are not scared of some rain. The event went off beautifully.
Saturday was the real test, since around 10 events happened that day, not just one. There was no rain on Saturday, just blue skies. This day was a blast. I was in charge of a bouncy house at the Family Fun Fest. I love to see those kid’s faces light up when on a bouncy house! Other participants completed runs, bike rides etc. Thousands of people came, the place was packed! It was so encouraging to see all of those people standing up for life. The day ended with the World’s Largest Squirt Gun Fight. It was hilarious to see thousands of kids and adults soaking each other in a major battle! After all the fun, it was time to clean up and go home.
This experience meant so much to me. I was so encouraged to see not only the volunteers, but all of the participants taking a stand for life. I am so inspired to get out there and stand for life now. God provided in huge ways during this event. God is so good.
I would now like to thank every person who backed me during this journey. I am so thankful for all of you who lifted me up in prayer. Thank you to all who came and participated! I was so happy to see some of your faces that day.
Thanks so much to all of you who gave your support through the $10/10 day campaign to help me raise $350/$1000. What a blessing.
Well, that’s my story!
Blessings in Abundance,