Sep 9, 2008

Scaremare Seeking Volunteers

by Brandon Gallager

For the 36th consecutive year, Scaremare will frighten people from all over central Virginia, and Liberty is already looking for help to make the screams possible.

On Sept. 16, a rally will be held in the Living Proof room at Thomas Road Baptist Church. The Scaremare staff is looking for 300 people to fill various needs and anyone interested in volunteering should attend this event, starting at 7:30 p.m., which will include free food with entertainment provided by the YouthQuest band.

“The work that is required by our volunteers is varied. We need people to work outside the house in the maze, the woods and the front yard. We also need people to work inside the house in all of the different rooms,” Lindsay Bernard, office manager of the Liberty Center for Youth Ministries, said.

Scaremare began in 1972 as a community outreach pro-gram and has hosted more than 300,000 people through the haunted halls. According to the official Scaremare Web site, Scaremare presents scenes of death in order to confront people with the question “What happens when I die?”

After attendees are led through a 20-minute tour of the house, they are taken to tents where the message of Jesus Christ is presented as the solution to the problem of death and self-destruction. To date, over 26,000 people have made decisions to accept Christ after their Scaremare experiences.

Scaremare offers an opportunity for students to earn their required Christian service hours for the fall semester.

“I volunteered three years in a row, and it was a very rewarding experience. Even though the goal is to bring people to Christ, seeing people jump and scream at the top of their lungs makes volunteering worth it,” former Liberty student Trent Richardson said.


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