October 31 of ever year is known as Halloween, it is traditionally celebrated by children dressing in various costumes and venturing out with their friends for a fun filled evening of door to door Trick-or-Treating, Some say the holiday has its roots in the pagan holiday Al Hallows eve, or All Souls Day, I have heard some say the holiday is rooted in evil, or even the occult, this is the view of most organized religion. So on this day in Sheffield, Alabama, the churches banned together to take the day back.
So happens every so often Halloween falls on a Sunday, and in 2010 it did. So a group of churches in the North Alabama town of Sheffield got together to put a plan into action to change this day of evil, into a day of Redemption. They went down to the cities biggest park Riverfront Park and had a harvest carnival complete with free food, games, and rides, and to end the night preaching complete with a call for people to come to the Lord.
It was a great turnout we arrived just a short time after it started and already had to park approx, a mile away.
Not long after we arrived the police closed off the roads, and said the park had reached capacity. There were people everywhere, of all ages, and races, getting along and having fellowship together, I didn’t witness not even one argument between adults or kids.
The organizers had several games to play, fishing for candy, bean bag toss, and duck pond just to name a few, people were lined up for games and waiting their turns, children not playing the games were in lines at one of the many inflatable’s that lined the bank of the Tennessee River, or playing in the playground. There were people
fishing, and everyone was socializing.
The lines for the food were the longest, just for signing into the festival you got coupons for a hotdog, drink, and chips. There were also long lines for the free snow cones, cotton candy, and popcorn. everyone was having a good time, I had to stand in line for 30mn to get my wife a bag of cotton candy, while there I talked to several people I hadn’t seen in years.
At dark they closed all the games, rides, and concessions, and asked everyone to gather at the stage where the gospel bands had been playing all day. Then an evangelist from Atlanta, Georgia, took the stage and preached a sermon on getting to know Jesus. That day at least a hundred people went to the alter to public proclaim Jesus as their personal savior.
So on what some call the day of evil, or the devils holiday, souls were saved from the hands of the great deceiver.
All Souls Day, became the day of salvation for several residents of North Alabama.