You’re invited to make a difference in the lives of UW Madison students this coming Halloween weekend at Madison’s notorious Freakfest!
We’re getting ready for our fifth-annual Freakfest Halloween Outreach at the PHOS House! The PHOS House is YWAM Madisonʼs campus discipleship house on Langdon Street. Freakfest is a city-wide Halloween party that stretches from the cityʼs capitol all the way down State Street. As many as 50,000 people from around the United States will come to Madison to party on this night.
During Freakfest, we will serve hot dogs, hot chocolate, and coffee for free to the hungry and cold partyers who crowd onto Langdon Street. A live band plays on our roof, which always attracts a good crowd. By meeting a basic need of passers-by, we are able to serve them with the love of Jesus and engage them in conversation.
Over the past few years, hundreds have asked us, “Why do you do this?” And our response is simple: “We believe that Jesus came to earth serve with love, so we want to serve you the same way He did.” This radical hospitality impressed one young man in particular last year, who was dressed up as a mock street preacher. “If you keep doing things like this, people will want to know Jesus,” he enthused.
We are adding another serving table to enable us to serve and talk to more people. New this year, we will clean our street after the festivities have died down. We believe that through meeting simple needs and cleaning up a trashed street, many will come encounter Godʼs love for them and our city.
Will you be a part of what God wants to do at FreakFest this year?
How you can get involved:
- Pray for our outreach
- Donate hot dogs, bungs, ketchup, hot chocolate, Christmas lights, and other items
- Join us! Serve with us during Freakfest by handing out the hot drinks, or talking or praying with party-ers. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
- Join our After Party Clean-Up Crew — after the bars close, the main party ends, and the crowds die down, we’re going to clean up Langdon Street.
Freakfest is Saturday, October 30th. We will serve hot drinks and food from 9pm-3am. Orientation and a prayer meeting will begin at 7pm at the PHOS House. Because of the mature nature of Freakfest, this outreach is appropriate for people 18+. Childcare will not be provided. Teens 15+ are welcome if a parent or trusted adult is present and they have their parents’ permission.
Please spread the news about this outreach! And let us know — will you join us as we show Godʼs love to the lost?
To join us, or for more information, contact Nicole at [email protected] or call the campus office at (608) 442- 1827. Download the following flier with more information: