Bob Braubitz wrote:
Unfortunately you may not get many Aikidoist on your card due to the fact that many are not "combat sport" oriented.
The reason that "not that many are combat sport oriented" is because the Founder of Aikido and the Ueshiba family were opposed to using Aikido for competitions. In other words, the philosophy of Morihei Ueshiba was strictly opposed to competition as a tenet of the very basis of Aikido. Unfortunately (or fortunately for you) there are increasing numbers of people on forums like this one, that either don't know the philosophy of the Founder, don't care, don't like it, don't agree with it, don't understand it or want to change it, who are willing to use Aikido in this way.
I know you have a good purpose. I have found in my life that if you just ask people to do what is right, they will often do much more than you could have imagined. Our organization doesn't charge for anything-Seminars, DVD's, T Shirts and we have raised an incredible amount of money in the last two years for our events. Being that you have a church ( I am pastor as well), you might try another angle besides competitive events.
In any case, I wish you well.