9.25.2006

The Call. It's on.


Back in May of 2000, we heard about a gathering scheduled for 9.02.00...a radical gathering of young people in Washington, DC. A huge stage. Hundreds of thousands of people. And not a rock star in sight.

The whole summer of 2000, we watched the website. They were not all that common in those days, but this one had an urgency about it that made it worth waiting for the 56k dowload speed to reveal what we hoped - that thousands of people, young and old, thought that prayer and fasting were worth the price.

A few days before the call, I raced an underpowered RV pulling a refrigerated trailer from western Nevada, across the Rockies, down the Nebraska steppes, through the midwest and into Cincinnati in 40 hours flat. I spent one afternoon getting reoriented from the playa (and teaching a high school class at the Schilling School) before heading to DC the day.

At 5:30am on 9.2.00, I stood on the National Mall watching the sky grow purple and pink behind the capitol. At 6am, a worship band broke tore into an anthem that lasted, in some form or another, for twelve hours. Over 400,000 people gathered that day to fast and pray for the nation. It was TheCall DC, and it was an event that charted the course for our lives. I had playa dust on my Doc Martens and reality in my grasp - the reality that fasting and prayer moves angels and demons.

Here we are, six years later...and it's about to get very exciting.

Today, we announced that IHOP will be teaming with Lou Engle to help produce another series of Call events - solemn assemblies of fasting and prayer in arenas across the nation.
No big names (at least none acknowledged) and no big egos - not a festival, but a fast. Less concert, more consecration. Believing that young people will work for revolution, we are going to issue The Call once again....The Call to a radical lifestyle of prayer and fasting.

Kelsey and I will be leading the operations team here in Kansas City as we work with IHOP and Lou to see The Call come to fruition. We'll have more information available as soon as possible.

We hope The Call comes to your city...and we hope you answer The Call.




14 comments:

sean said...

This makes me happy! Go for it

Elizabeth said...

Yeah baby!

Anonymous said...

I think everyone should grow beards for these.

In fact if you so desire I will organize it all.

Your faithful friend.

well,blue productions said...

I want in...how can I help?L

Anonymous said...

hmmm...i just emptied out my car yesterday and found "the call revolution" book that has those same posted images on the front. it's probably been sitting in my car since visiting kc or "the call" dallas 2003-ish. instead of nearly chunking it with the rest of my junk, i stuck it on the bookshelf thinking i probably wouldn't ever open it. i think i shall read it now. thanks to you...darrah.

Liz said...

Great news, Randy. You are the perfect one to head up the KC efforts. I hope there will be one in ATL too!

Jerry James said...

Real swords. Real shields. Real ammunition. Real thermos full of the power of the Holy Spirit. Ready to lay seige and answer "The Call".

fairchildren said...

i completly agree with the person that said you guys should grow beards for this...kelsey first.

Randy Bohlender said...

is it my imagination, or does Steeno look slightly Kaczynskiesque with that beard? I mean, put a hoodie on that guy and we're all runnin' for cover.

shawn Blanc said...

Randy - Steeno and I are thinking of organizing "octobeard" or "no-shave-november". You want in? I hear bald guys with beards are pretty rad.

Randy Bohlender said...

I could give you girls a 3 day head start and still outbeard you inside of two weeks.

ChriS & Yvette Ferguson said...

Are there bald muslims? Randy do you get strip searched at the airport with that Orange hair?

Let me know if I can help with the CALL!

Kelsey Bohlender said...

I feel a raindance comin' on.

Ronni said...

I am so there. Now where did I put my safety pins?

On another note, I've organized some pretty big events... working for ACS... if you want one here.. Dayton... let me know. I'm there.