Photo taken August
I will try to put together how the events of the night of August
Here it goes.
Our congregation had decided to have a Block Party / Kick-Off for
the Centennial year of 2002. The committees were looking for activities
for the Kick-Off Celebration. I was picking up a church project that
we had a member of the congregation build. The project was a cross
that was made of oak wood that was going to be our information center
for the church. As I was heading over to pick it up, I realized that
I was going to need some help transporting the cross to the church.
I decided to ask Eric, a friend of mine that was also a member of
the church to help. Luckily he was home and we used his truck to
haul the cross to the church. Eric is a local fireworks display and
retail outlet owner. As we were talking, an idea to have fireworks
at our Kick-Off popped into my head. I asked Eric if he would be
interested in shooting a display sometime in August and he said he
would. I arranged for the committees to meet with Eric and his partner.
It was decided that August 18, 2001 would be the date of the Block
Party and that we would have fireworks.
I asked Eric if he could get some type of fireworks that resembled
a star. Eric came up with a flare with a parachute that we were going
to shoot when Shine Jesus Shine played. Eric and I put some Christian
music together that we would play during the fireworks. A week or
so later, I was asked to help put together the Centennial Directory.
I agreed to take pictures of the Kick-Off Celebration. Time flew
by and it was soon the day of the celebration. It was a busy day.
Our committee was in charge of the dunk tank. We got that set up
in the morning and some other odds and ends by the afternoon. Since
I was taking pictures of some of the events and trying to help run
the dunk tank, I had been asking for someone to video or take pictures
of the front of the church, thinking that we could use a shot of
the fireworks above the church as our cover for the Directory. I
had bad luck finding anyone to do it. I all but gave up and was on
my way to the church to do some last minute things. I started backing
out of my driveway and I thought again of taking pictures of the
front of the church. Well as I started to drive away and saw a neighbor
and it came to me to have her husband take pictures for me. I asked
her (knowing that Steve was still at work till 7pm) to have him call
me about taking pictures at the church when he got home.
I was off to the Church to get the
music ready for the fireworks. The night was very nice. The wind
was blowing harder than what we
wanted it to and there was some concerns, since it was blowing right
to where the crowd was. The dunk tank was a splash with a continual
line that kept us all very busy. I had my cell phone in my pocket
and was waiting for Steve to return my call on taking the pictures.
Later the phone started to ring but I couldn’t answer it before
it quit ringing. In the back of my mind I figured there went my chance
for getting Steve to take the pictures of the front of the church.
I scurried around taking last minute pictures of the event. To my
amazement Steve drove down and found me at the church. He asked me
what I wanted him to take pictures of. Steve takes pictures of people
on the side for a business. I told him what I wanted and he said
he would do it. I was surprised because I knew he had to work early
the next morning. The night went quick, soon it was dark and we were
approaching the final outdoor activities, the fireworks.
Eric gave me a radio to communicate
with him. I was to start the music when we were ready to fire the
fireworks. The wind seemed to
just quit blowing around dark and didn’t blow till after the
fireworks were done. I started the music and the show began. I sat
down as five Christian songs were highlighted by a beautiful display
of fireworks. As I watched it sent chills though my body. It was
truly a site to see. Soon the fireworks were over and the night was
concluded with a teen dance.
Steve gave me the two roles of film
that he had taken of the fireworks and Church and said, “I hope they turn out”.
I took them to Wal-Mart where they processed them for me. I got
them back, excited
that one of the pictures could be the front cover for the Directory.
The first picture that I opened was really not what I thought the
pictures would look like. It was the two cross pictures. I started
thumbing through the pictures and found the rest of the roll had
beautiful pictures of fireworks. I was drawn back to the first picture
that had been the first one I saw. I looked and looked at it. It
looked like a crucifix. I put it on my scanner and blew it up from
the 4 x 6 inch picture. I could see a face and arms and even a hand
and part of a body. At that moment that picture took me and gripped
me with what it represented. All I could think about was that I had
to show this to as many people as I could. I started showing it to
friends and family. Each person I showed it to had different reactions.
Most of the reactions were astounding. I had some people wonder what
the crucifix was made of and others that got tears in their eyes
with joy. The expressions on peoples face when they saw the picture
made me want to show it more.
the picture to over a hundred people locally, I decided to try
to show the picture
to more people through the Internet. I
have a hobby of making websites and so I decided I would start here.
I built the site and tried to figure out how to et attention to
the site. I admit that I was pretty taken by the picture and wanting
to show it to as many people as I could. First I sent it to all my
email contacts. Then I called and talked to different TV stations
in Iowa and Nebraska. Wowt Channel 6 out of Omaha Nebraska aired
the picture on its 10 o’clock news. It turned out good. From
they’re the picture was shown on many of the NBC affiliates
across the nation. Some of them put the information about it being
aired and the URL of the Website. I was able to track them to their
source from my counter on the website. A few days before the 9-11
tragedy, the picture was being seen on many stations across the nation.
Some places that I know it aired were in Albany & Troy NY. Little
Rock, AK. Pittsburgh, Boston, San Antonio and I heard of other places.
I don’t know if the picture was a sign, but when I look at
the chart and the places that the pictures were being seen, It sends
a chill down my back. Look at the chart below as far as hits to the
web site vs. the date.
To me this picture is just an amazing
picture that our church was blessed with. I don’t pretend
to think of this as a sign or anything. It is just a mystery to
me on the timing. I feel that everyone
should be able to see this picture.
Learn more about
these events at fireworkscross.org