Dodge City area churches and businesses have come together to put on the 2018 Dodge City Days Christian Revival for the second year in a row.

"What makes this unique, is that not only is there church involvement, but local businesses have also stepped in to help sponsor the event and some are willing to volunteer their time," said Dodge City First Baptist Church member, Laura Tawater. "It just shows that our community wants to see real change in the lives of all who attend this and that there is passion for the Gospel here."

The Dodge City Revival is an official Dodge City Days event and begins on kick-off night of the festival on Friday, July 27 at the Roundup Rodeo Arena.

The public is invited to come and enjoy a free hamburger meal that includes chips and a drink at 6 p.m.

The planning team for this event is expecting and preparing for another large crowd this year.

"We have enough hamburger meals to feed 2,000 people," said Pastor David Graves, who along with his church, Dodge City First Assembly of God, will be helping serve meals during the event.

The First Missionary Church and Cargill will also help grill and prepare hamburgers.

"It is truly heart-moving to see the partnerships that have been formed with local businesses and organizations who desire to serve our community and help lead people to Jesus," said Graves.

The Community of Hope Ministry team from First Christian Church will be lined up at the front entrance of the arena once the event starts, holding up signs for all who drive through the parking lot.

"We want people to know they are loved by God and have a purpose, so that is our message and what our signs will say," said ministry leader, Denita Young. "Our mission is to foster a community of hope by raising awareness, building relationships, and creating support systems."

People will be able to visit a variety of Christian Ministry Booths from KJIL Radio, Thy Word Apparel, The Gideons International, Blush Boutique of Cimarron, The Christian Motorcycle Association, Operation Christmas Child, Dodge City Medical Center, Dodge City YMCA, Friendship Feast Association of Dodge City, Southwest Kansas Faith & Family, and author Linda Fergerson with her Christian novel series "The Lion and the Butterfly".

Booths will be sharing information and giving away material about their organizations, goodies, Christian merchandise, and the official Dodge City Days Revival T-shirts will be available for sale as well. Guests are able to sign up for different prizes during the feed. United Wireless Arena will be giving away a pack of four Casting Crown Christian concert tickets along with a KB Apparel T-shirt to youth ages 13-18.

The Dodge City YMCA will be giving away two family memberships for a year, and the volunteers at the revival booth will be giving away three 20-pound ribeye steak bundles to guests that bring someone with them to the event.

Operation Christmas Child will be doing drawings for those that bring a postage paid, gift-filled shoebox that will go to children around the world during Christmas time.

Winners will be announced at the end of the service and they must be present to receive their gift.

The revival service will begin at 7 p.m. in the arena and will include live Christian music from local musicians from several different churches, and three speakers.

A themed message of "hope" will be delivered from Dodge City residents, Ryan Ausmus and Jeff Hiers.

Josh Littlejohn from Dallas, Texas, will then share his personal testimony and invite the audience to surrender their lives to Jesus. Many local Christians recently took part in an evangelism training class at the Dodge City Church of the Nazarene and will be present during the event to pray for people who come forward.

There will also be an opportunity for people get baptized at the end of the service.

Last year, 12 baptisms were performed with people who had just surrendered or rededicated their lives to the Lord.

"The message is for everyone and for people of all ages who are searching for the truth and want to experience real hope and peace that only Jesus Christ can give," said Tawater.

There are members from more than 12 Christian churches involved in some way with helping put on the Dodge City Days Revival and partnerships with over 22 local businesses.

"It has been wonderful to see so many in the community rally around this event," said Dodge City Days Revival Speaker, Ryan Ausmus. "The citizens and business community of Dodge City are extremely gracious and supportive of events that seek to edify and impact the community in a positive manner. We are extremely blessed to have their encouragement and support behind this life changing event.

"I don’t know if there has ever been a time in human history where a nation and its people have prospered in the manner that the United States has, but yet have so many people that are enveloped with despair and hopelessness.

"Therefore, this event will serve as a conduit for unveiling that there is an unfailing hope to be found, and that eternal unfailing hope is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ."

The Dodge City Area Women’s Chamber will be at the rodeo grounds selling a variety of foods throughout the event if guests would rather have something else to eat.

The Dodge City Days Revival at the Roundup Rodeo Arena is free admission and includes a free meal for all who come.

Bus parking is available and security will be present.

For information and updates about this event, go to or visit the Facebook page @dodgecityrevival.