Churches bring community together for Haughton Adventure Weekend
What started as a project with three local churches has turned into a four day event for Bossier Parish residents seeking adventure through the word of God.
Haughton Adventure Weekend is a family friendly, multi-day adventure that is open to the community. Festivals, dinners, big giveaways and nationally known personalities are slated for the weekend.
James Sullivan of Sullivan and Sons, Inc. is one of three executive team leaders for Haughton Adventure Weekend. Sullivan said it started with Eastwood Baptist, First Baptist Haughton and Central Assembly of God, but has grown into something much bigger.
“I think that this event will be attended by more people than any religious event in the history of the Haughton/ Minden area,” he said. “This event will show that there are still areas of the United States that still believe in the need for morals, the family, God and his love for people of all walks of life.”
Kicking off the event Thursday night was Xtreme Student Night with nationally acclaimed speaker and author Jay Lowder. Known for “reaching the masses for Christ” through events just like this, Lowder travels around the country sharing the gospel in a way that will impact people most.
“A lot of people are very intimidated by formal religion,” Lowder said. “This is a very neutral environment in order to break down barriers for someone who may be afraid of walking into a church. We’re trying to have something that will cater to and relate to many different audiences.”
The high energy event for students, grade six through 12, is where Lowder hopes to inspire the next generation of leaders. He boiled his message down to just one word – hope.
“When you look at what’s taking place in the news today, it seems that everywhere you turn is pain, suffering and people looking for answers,” Lowder said. “People are looking for a purpose and asking why. When everything is said and done, I want people to find a new sense of hope and purpose, even if it’s a new beginning to life.”
Tonight is Women’s Night Out at Central Assembly of God, located at 700 Hwy, 80 in Haughton. This ticketed event includes food, fun, giveaways and an inspiring message from nationally acclaimed speaker, singer and author LaDonna Gatlin.
Saturday is the Outdoor Family Fest, a free event from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with activities that everyone in the family will enjoy. The event features food, crafts and vendor booths, a car show and a silent auction.
There will also be a dog show with Hank Hough, founder of Kingdom Dog Ministries, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by a fishing demonstration with Jimmy Houston, one of the most well-known and colorful personalities in the world of fishing and best known as the host of his own outdoors television shows, at 2 p.m. The Outdoor Family Fest will be held at Haughton High School, 210 E. McKinley in Haughton.
Saturday night will be all about the men. The Men’s Xtradordinary Sport’s Event is a ticketed dinner and showcase of outdoor sports products and services. The event, held at First Baptist Church Haughton (105 E. Washington Ave.), will include giveaways of a variety of hunting, fishing and sports items.
Special guest will be Jimmy Houston and Lowder will also be speaking.
“I’ll be talking about the life lessons I’ve learned while hunting and fishing,” Lowder said. “I’ve been an avid outdoorsman for years and it’s something I have a passion for.”
The four-day event wraps up Sunday with a Celebration Rally at the Haughton High School football field. A worship service will be led by Jason Crabb, a Dove and Grammy award winner, along with guest speaker Jay Lowder and a special appearance by Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and best known for his family’s A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty.
There will also be an RV giveaway. There is no charge to attend the Celebration Rally.
Lowder said versatility through the planned events is key to its success.
“No matter what religion you are or how old you are, there’s something for you this weekend,” he said. “Our purpose is to have something that really connects with different folks and gives everyone a reason to come.”
Sullivan, too, invites everyone to attend at least one or all of the planned events.
“We have seen the cooperation of many churches in the area and their willingness to set aside the few differences in our denominations and to focus on the main thing that God sent his son (Christ) to die on the cross, was raised and went to heaven and is coming back some day for his people,” he said. “That is not only the ultimate message, but the only message.”
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