It was clear early on that Halloween was doomed to lousy weather. Rain and gusty winds would challenge even the most courageous candy collecting costumed kids. How surprised they were to stumble across beacons of light, heat and hot treats! If you had the privilege to visit a Light the Night location chances are you heard two phrases repeated from six until eight o’clock: “Why are you guys doing this?” and “Thanks for the hotdogs and cider!”
Twelve teams prepared garages and canopies to host well lit parties in Lansing, Holt and Mason. Armed with a thousand hotdogs and buns, two thousand candy bags, and hot cider, each team welcomed friends, neighbors and strangers alike. The goals were simple: to meet and bless their neighbors. Here are some of the highlights:
“One young man visited us and ate several hotdogs. He hadn’t eaten since breakfast because his parents had been fighting all day. Later that night he returned for hotdogs and we invited him to The Flood on Wednesday nights!”
“A couple from a known drug house visited, and a number of homeless people came over and we were able to feed them.”
“We invited our small group over to help run the station and we ended up needing everybody! We gave away 195 candy bags and 120 hotdogs.”
“It was very well received and it did allow me to have a couple conversations about South and why we were doing it.”
“Around 7:00, a couple from down the road showed up with a guitar. After helping hand out hotdogs to kids, he belted out a couple tunes live from the garage!”
The purpose of Light the Night was to help families meet and bless their neighbors. Why? Because Jesus made it clear that loving God and loving neighbors are absolutely vital. Light the Night simply put families in a place where their neighbors were. What a wild success! Neighbors were met, blessed, talked to, and laughed with. Thank you for making this event not just a great success but a lot of fun!