2020

Light Up The Hills

Regional Retreat

Kerrville, Texas

Ride.Rejoice.Relax

Come Ride With Us

Friday & Saturday, September 11th & 12th

What Is The Light Up The Hills Retreat?

2 Chronicles 7:14 – If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

The Light Up The Hills Retreat is a great opportunity for Christian bikers to gather for fellowship, worship and to ride in the Texas Hill Country. If this is all that we do, then Halleluiah, what a great event.  However, there is something else I hope everyone will consider. If you watch the news at all these days, you know our country needs a revival to truly be One Nation Under God! Christian bikers, working together, praying for our nation, can spark that revival.

Many of us met in Sturgis, South Dakota in 2017 and 2018 to Sing, Pledge and Pray for the Holy Spirit to descend on our Light Up The Hills Rally to renew our spirit and revitalize our individual walk with Christ. There were many professions of faith and what I believe was a “first” for Christ. There were three baptisms in the swimming pond at the Buffalo Chip Campground. We claimed that ground for Christ and prayed that the Holy Spirit would dwell in that place year-round.  Bikers familiar with the annual Sturgis Rally and the goings-on at campgrounds such as the Chip can appreciate that this is a victory for Christ.

Now we are led to host a regional retreat more accessible for riders to come together, pledge allegiance to our flag and pray for God to strengthen our resolve to adhere to the Christian principles upon which our country was founded.  I look forward to greeting bikers, non-bikers, Christians and everyone wanting to join us in Kerrville, Texas for fun rides, fellowship and worship on September 11-12, 2020.

Q. D. Hix

River Star Event Park

3785 Tx – 27

Kerrville, TX 78028

(830) 896-9044

 

How Can We Help You?

We want you to make the Light Up The Hills Rally an experience to remember, and one you will want to attend annually. If you have any questions about the event, please send us an email, and we will answer your question as promptly as possible.

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The Speakers

Friday Evening

Richard Coss

It’s your life. Would you choose to spend years in prison as a convicted felon? Would you choose to lose two young grandsons in the Oklahoma City bombing? Doubtful.

But could those experiences make you a powerful messenger for Christ? Definitely.

From destructive and tragic life experiences that no sane person would desire for himself, evangelist Richard Coss has built a ministry which reaches people with the message: “I’ve been there.” And once people hear his story, they know he speaks the truth.

His tormented and traumatic life story makes 54-year-old Richard Coss, once met, simply unforgettable.

In his early years, the red-haired, freckle-faced Coss was the poster boy for bad behavior. From his first trips to a detention center at age 9, a state mental institution at age 11 and a state reformatory at age 12, it was obvious he was getting a head start on a life of crime. Between the ages of 15 and 25, Coss compiled 32 arrests and spent his time in city jails, county jails and prisons. He had assaulted police officers, was known to possess firearms and was considered dangerous by the FBI.

Then two men and a Bible changed all that. While serving his third prison term, a 10-year sentence, Coss gave his life to Jesus Christ. As Coss puts it, what counselors, psychologists, sociologists, corrections officers, special schools and prison had been unable to do for him in 16 years, God did in one day.

On March 15, 1969, 40 Christian businessmen, mostly Baptists, went to the prison that Coss and 1,200 other men called home. The purpose was an all-day revival, and the men began by eating breakfast with the prisoners. “Two Baptist deacons, one black and one white, asked me at the breakfast table to participate in the revival,” Coss said. “I responded to their love, not the gospel.” While attending the services, Coss made the decision that would change his life. The decision eventually would impact the lives of thousands of others through his ministry.

“The Word of God began to get to me,” he said. “Prior to that day, I didn’t think he loved me. They read John 3:16 to me, and inserted my name, personalized it for me. They took me down the Roman road. I started crying, and I’m not a crying person. I trusted Christ.” Coss was not home free. He served another year and a half in prison, but he began helping in the prison chapel until his release in 1970. By 1971, Coss had started a jail and prison ministry and had been ordained as a minister. The route he took seemed a perfect fit for him, and it is one he continues to follow almost 30 years later.

“I knew before I got out that I was called to be an evangelist, to work in prisons,” Coss said. “God has equipped me in the past to do the ministry I have today. Prison ministry is an easy ministry. The inmates will love you to death. I preach about being overcomers, because the challenges with them are overcoming anger, unforgiveness, hatred, resentment, loneliness — and letting Jesus take care of those areas.” Coss is the author of two books, “Wanted” and “Full Pardon.” He was pardoned by President Gerald Ford in 1975.

His dramatic past helped make Coss a compelling speaker nationwide — not only for church revivals — but also for lectures at schools, colleges and civic clubs. To audiences of all sizes, he talks about his personal life, prison reform, prisoner reform, the death penalty, victim rights, gun control and the drug problem. Usually, more than 50,000 students hear Coss’ message during each school year. “With the students, I talk about home life, drugs, suicide, alcohol and peer pressure,” said Coss, of Gulf Shores, Ala. “I give them five reasons to stay in school, to obey their parents, to obey the law and to not go to prison. I tell them about the worst of prison life and what could happen to them if they enter prison.”

His 55-minute lecture is secular, but a 10-minute question-and-answer session inevitably leaves room for a question that never fails to come — “What was it that changed your life?” Since the question is initiated by a student, Coss is able, even in a school setting, to share his salvation experience. Coss turned a life of despair into an example of hope. His ministry grew, with appearances on Christian television shows, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network and the “700 Club” with Pat Robertson. Family life was comfortable, including a wife and four children. Coss even became a doting grandfather.

But fate’s calendar had April 19, 1995, waiting. Coss was conducting a revival near Topeka, Kan., when the news first flashed on television screens everywhere about the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. His daughter, Edye Smith, worked a few blocks from the federal building, and her two sons, 2-year-old Colton and 3-year-old Chase, were in the day-care center housed in the building.

Colton and Chase were killed in the explosion, part of the death tally of 15 children and 154 adults. Their bodies were found by their uncle, Coss’ son, Danny, a police officer in a nearby suburb who had been dispatched to help at the scene. A few days later, Coss preached the funeral of his two grandsons. He told the nearly 1,000 people in attendance, “Jesus has been in the search-and-rescue business for a long time.” While a nation mourned with them, the Coss family struggled with pain and hurt and the loss of their future. Romans 8:28, “…all things work together for good to them that love God,” became a promise of making sense out of senselessness.

“During the bombing, that became a special verse for me and my family,” Coss said. “It literally jumped off the pages of the Bible. Those were hard days, but as I look back, I’m a better person now. My grandchildren are safe; we get to see them again, as my daughter said. I’m a better lover, soul-winner, warrior. God has made me a better person.” Initially, Coss was a rock for his grieving family. “Knowing that God is all-sufficient helped,” he recounted. “I know the Scriptures are valid. There were many Scriptures, many tears during that time. I prayed for understanding for my family. God gave me the strength for my wife and I to help everyone through.”

A year later, the full extent of the loss finally hit Coss. He also dealt with with migraine headaches and an attitude of unforgiveness toward the men accused of the bombing. “God would speak to me,” Coss said. “He would say, ‘You work with other killers, people who killed other families.’ God spoke some real harsh words to me, including, ‘Are you going to be a liar in the ministry?'” In the end, it was Coss’ daughter who forgave first. Her urging for him to do the same started the healing process for Coss, who sent letters of forgiveness and copies of his books to the men accused and convicted of killing his grandsons.

“You’ve got to come to a point of forgiveness,” he said. “It’s not up to us to see that retribution is done. God will deal with them. He will avenge us. There are more Terry Nichols out there who need to be saved. The only thing that will change those lives is the Good News.” Coss acknowledged his life can be characterized by extreme highs and extreme lows. “To have those mountaintop experiences, you have to experience the valleys,” he said. “We’ve got to put up with a bunch of junk, but we have a lot of promises. God has a lot of ‘school time’ for us.”

And what has Richard Coss learned? “I trust the Lord more,” he said. “I always used to think that the worst thing that could happen to me was if one of my children were killed. But it was my grandkids, kids I wanted to play ball with, take fishing.” What would make many people bitter, Coss sees as a sign of God’s plan for his ministry. “God has told me he would use that for good. I can talk to people about forgiveness and say, ‘I’ve been there.'”

Saturday Evening

Allen B. West

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Allen B. West is a Christian constitutional conservative, combat veteran, and former Member of the US Congress. His life has been defined as one of service, sacrifice, and commitment to this Republic, the United States of America. He believes it will be conservative, free market policies, not politics that secures a sound economic future for Americans – with growth, opportunity and returning the promise of the American dream for this generation and those to come.

Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen, all combat veterans, in his family.

West was commissioned through ROTC at the University of Tennessee as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) on July 31, 1982. He entered active duty service in the U.S. Army on November 1, 1983 at Fort Sill to attend the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course. He later attended airborne and jumpmaster training at Fort Benning. West’s first assignment was as an airborne infantry company fire support team leader and battalion training officer in the 325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team. In 1987, he was promoted to Captain and attended the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course.

He was then assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, where he commanded Bravo Battery, 6th Field Artillery Regiment and was a Battalion Task Force fire support officer for 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment. While with the 1st Infantry Division, he participated in Operations Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. After redeployment from Kuwait, West served as an ROTC instructor at Kansas State University from 1991 to 1994. In January 1995, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command as the Assistant Operations/Combat Plans Officer. During that time, West was promoted to Major and selected for attendance to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and graduated in 1997. Afterward, he became the Operations Officer of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne), followed by assignment as the Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment. Upon completion of these positions, West was assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune and selected to serve as an Army exchange officer to this headquarters from 1999 to 2002.

West’s culminating assignment to his career was as Battalion Commander of the 2d Battalion 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division. He assumed command of this unit on June 6, 2002. He deployed with his unit during the Iraq War in 2003 and continued to command his battalion until his retirement from the Army in 2004 after 22 years of honorable service in defense of the Republic.

West’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters, one Valor Device); Army Achievement Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Valorous Unit Award; Air Assault Badge; and the Master Parachutist Badge. Lt Col West proudly wears the Army Master Parachutist Badge, the Army Air Assault Badge, the Navy/Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia, the Italian Parachutist Wings, and the German Proficiency Badge, bronze award. After his retirement from the Army in 2004, Allen taught high school in South Florida for a year before volunteering and deploying to Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007.

In November of 2010, Allen was honored to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, West introduced seven major pieces of legislation, and was the original sponsor of H. R. 1246 which reduces costs at the Department of Defense, was passed unanimously (393-0), and signed into law by President Obama as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Congressman West voted for the Balanced Budget Amendment and voted for over 30 different bills designed to empower small businesses, reduce government barriers to job creation, boost American competitiveness, encourage entrepreneurship and growth, and maximize American energy production.

West holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and two Masters, one from Kansas State University and another from the US Army Command and General Staff Officers College. He is a Fox News Contributor, Senior Fellow of the Media Research Center, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative (BTWI) for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome: An American Black Conservative Manifesto. He is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas. West is an avid distance runner, a Master SCUBA diver, a motorcyclist, and in his spare time he enjoys cheering his beloved Tennessee Volunteers.

Lt. Col. West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. Lt. Col. West is a legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of the American Legion, life member of the Association of the United States Army, the Society of the First Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, and 101st Airborne Division. He is Patriot Life Member (Benefactor) and Board of Directors member of the National Rifle Association and Life Member (Benefactor) of the Texas State Rifle Association. Lieutenant Colonel West is an inductee into the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Hall of Fame. He is on the Board of Advisors of Amegy Bank, Dallas Region. In 2016, Lt. Col. West was appointed by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. He is married to Dr. Angela Graham-West, a financial adviser, and they have two daughters, Aubrey, a Board-certified Physician Assistant, and Austen, a flight attendant.

The Rides

Friday, September 11th

9:00 AM – Meet at River Star Event Park

9:30 AM – Kick Stands Up

Twisted Sisters Ride

Moderate to Advanced Riding Experience

6:00 PM – Meet at River Star Event Park for a Meet and Greet and CMA Blessing of the Bikes

7:00 PM – Praise and worship service with Broken Chains Freedom Band and

Guest Speaker Richard Coss, Evangelist and Fellow Biker

 

Saturday, September 12th

9:00 AM – Meet at River Star Event Park

9:30 AM – Kick Stands Up

Hill Country Loop

Beginners & Up Riding Experience

6:00 PM – Meet at River Star Event Park for a Meet and Greet and CMA Blessing of the Bikes

7:00 PM – Praise and worship service with Broken Chains Freedom Band and

Guest Speaker LTC Allen B. West

 

Our activities may expand as we get closer to event, so we will keep you informed on one or all of the following:

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Lodging

(830) 257-4440

 

(800) 677-9477

 

Kerrville

(830) 895-9500

Fredericksburg

(830) 997-3377

(830) 257-1500

(830) 896-8200

(830) 896-1511

(830) 895-5000

Kerrville Schreiner Park

for RV Camp Sites, Tent Camping or Cabin Rentals

(830) 257-7300

The Rally Movie

Screening Events

  “Sing Pledge & Pray” is now available for screening events across America.

Movie Theaters – Churches – Schools – Auditoriums – Community Centers and more!

Screening events can take place in a variety of locations.  We have established relationships with top movie theater groups and independent theaters in most cities across America.  You can also host a screening event in a location of your choice (churches, schools, civic centers, auditoriums, etc.).  We will walk you through the process to help you set up a great event.  Best of all, there’s no out of pocket cost to you when you follow our step by step plan for your screening!

Contact:  Steven Scaffidi
Phone:  504-669-0189
Email:  stevenscaffidi@gmail.com

Broken Chains Freedom Church

5200 Old Jacksboro Hwy., Wichita Falls, Texas 76302

Roy Boswell 940-636-9615

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