Our Vision - Nativity in Lights
Imagine driving your family or friends through a Christmas light seeing the Nativity unfold in spectacular light displays while listening to perfectly synchronized narration over your car stereo using the scripture from Luke to describe each scene. This is our vision for our Flint Hills Nativity in Lights.
While I don't want to give away every scene, I would like to share my dream for one particular scene with you. As you drive from the previous scene to the next scene, you pull up to a stop sign that changes to red as you approach. You have your radio tuned to the specific FM frequency that was listed at the beginning of your drive through the attraction. As the presence of your vehicle is sensed, a light display of shepherds tending their sheep illuminates outside your driver side door. You hear the narrator begin speaking from Luke chapter 2 over your car stereo saying "8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night."
An angel illuminates in the sky as the narrator continues, "9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. (beams of light stream downward from the angel falling around the shepherds) 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
The nights sky shines with brightness as 10 to 15 additional angels are illuminated while the narrator speaks saying "13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Your car is filled with the sound of the angels singing Hallelujahs and Glory to God in the highest. The angels disappear while the shepherds remain and the narrator continues saying, "15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” As the shepherds and their flock fade away into darkness, the stoplight turns green and you proceed forward to the next scene in our nativity.
The creation of all the displays will be time consuming and costly. The animation, synchronization, narration, sensing of the vehicles as well as the triggering of the start of each scene will require a computer system, software, and coding to manage. It is an enormous undertaking, but anything worthwhile is rarely easy to accomplish. It will most likely take several people the entire month of November to get the attraction setup. It will play every night in December and donations will be accepted, if people are so led, as they exit the attraction. We need prayer for God's guidance so that this vision blossoms into a plan which can then come into full bloom.
So what are the obstacles to be overcome? Two of the biggest obstacles are land and finances. We would need a large enough piece of rural land to accommodate and separate the multiple scenes sufficiently so that they don't bleed over into each other. Ideally, we would also like a building that can be used to provide refreshments located somewhere on the property, preferably on the right hand side of a "T" in the road where the left side leads out of the attraction and the right side leads to the refreshment/fellowship building. Creating the light displays along with the audio broadcasting equipment, sensing switches and sensors, and all of the portable display structure will be costly requiring financial support. Our continuing prayer is that a pathway will be revealed to turn this vision into a reality to not only reach residents of Emporia and the surrounding area, but to draw people from around the state to see the Flint Hills Nativity in Lights.
If you can help us find this pathway or introduce us to someone who can help us bring this dream to fruition, please message, email, or call us. Thanks and God Bless!