KCK Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship’s “Hell Night” performances during October 19-21 and 26-31 have been known for 17 years to scare the “hell” out of those who attend.
Written and directed in 1995 by Senior Pastor Kelly Lohrke, his main goal was to introduce members of his church at 5045 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. and the community to the terrifying existence of hell and eternal damnation.
Many question why it would be so important to share how hell might seem. According to Lohrke, his mission has been a desire to share what the afterlife might mean when an individual has not accepted Christ as their personal Savor.
“I wanted to reach those who are not Christian,” Lohrke said. “People have questioned the purpose [of Hell Night] and think we are trying to purposely scare them. [What we want] is to show them what happens when you die.”
There are more than 60 people involved in the “Hell Night” performances from the actors dying in their sins to the demons dragging screaming victims off to the deepest, darkest regions to the amazing visual effects. Each volunteer is extremely dedicated to their role in the production and to help as many people as possible find out more about Christ, the Son, and God, the Father’s, role in judgment.
Lohrke, himself, had a rather difficult childhood that included a bad drug habit into hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin. He said that his message in “Hell Night” is similar to the message of the apostles in the New Testament.
“One prayer changed my life,” Lohrke said. “I never smoked or did drugs again. God did so much for me and gave me a second chance.”
According to information shared by Lohrke last year, “Hell Night” has made a beneficial impact on the community. He and other members of the church said that city officials and police officers have commended the performance for decreasing crime in certain areas of the city. Last year, more than 3,700 individuals asked for prayer after the performances. There have been more than 80,000 individuals who have come to know Christ from these performances.
Click here for more information on “Hell Night” or call 913-596-0006. Cost is $7 donation; $1 for child care.
To hear Senior Pastor Kelly Lohrke’s life story, click here.
To hear Esther Lohrke’s life story, click here.
Other life stories can be found at www.missingjesus.com.
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