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Lewiston Root Cellar

Oct 22 2020

I have not been to the Root Cellar ministry since early last winter.  Although the clientelle was socially distanced and wearing masks, it was, more or less, like old times today when I went to the Lewiston branch of the RC after work today. 

The Root Cellar, an inner city mission reaching out to a low income neighborhood in Maine's largest city, is a favorite venue where I have been performing for decades.  Today's show was particularly special.  The entire audience  for my show for their after school program was made up entirely of African immigrants and refugees.  There were about 20 kids there, as well as a couple of moms, and, of course, Root Cellar staff.  The audience was great.

Being a missionary work, in the truest sense of the word, I am always careful to follow the RC staff's lead. This particular group is primarily Muslim, and I was asked to not broach the subject of the Ressurection or the Trinity or Jesus being the Son of God.  For the most part, the audience wasn't 'ready' for this yet.  I know that missions work is different from church ministry, and needs to be done gradually. It still feels a little awkward leaving out something as important as the Easter story, but I get the reson why. 

Nonetheless, I included plenty of Scripture, including my salt and light routine of which I wrote recently, and it went very well again. Beyond that, I had a lot of fun with these sweet kids (The little Muslim girls are so cute with their beautiful hijabs!) and helped show them that the Root Cellar is a safe, fun and loving place for them to go.  From there, God will do with the show as He sees fit. 

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I  wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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