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The Portland Root Cellar

Apr 12 2021

Every time I blog about a show at either the Portland or Lewiston Root Cellar ministries, I always talk about the wonderful work that goes on their: dental clinics, Thanksgiving meals for entire neighborhoods, youth groups, everything that you'd expect at an excellent inner city mission.  Of all the venues I've missed visiting during this pandemic, these two are some that I miss the most.  That made my show in Portland all the more special on the day after Easter.  While most schools were in session, ours was closed for "Easter Monday".  This worked out perfectly, as the Root Cellar has added being an off site learning center for neighborhood kids who can't do their remote learning days from home. 

Understandably, this being a service in conjunction with the city's public schools, I could not do overtly Gospel routines.  I'm fine with this because: A.  I was supporting a ministry that I am very familiar with, and who I know will continue to reach out to their neighbors both practically and spiritually. B.  These are just elementary kids who wouldn't really grasp deep religious concepts at first hearing, and C. As Tomie DePaula wrote in "The Clown Of God" "When you give happiness to people, you give glory to God as well."

While I have maintained something of a schedule during this time, (specials at church, chapels at school, videos for youtube, etc) I have not done a lot of full length shows, so I loved having this open door.  I have been working on improving my show during covid-19, and I tried out new  and nearly new stuff.  I did my goldfish production for maybe the fourth time, but Portland was the furthest I've ever brought them from home.  They made it there and back safely, which has encouraged me as I look ahead to shows a bit further up I95.  I also included my devil's triangle, a three sided devil stick.  I've included it briefly in other shows as part of my devil stick routine, but it has gotten so much more consistent, and this improvement carried over into this performance.  In my diabolo routine, I included grinding with a series of 180's for the first time ever, and I also added a double over-the-shoulder throw in my three ball juggling routine for the first time in years.Also, I performed a "high tech card prediction" comedy routine for the third or fourth time ever, and it got a big laugh.

One of my favorite things about Portland, Maine is how diverse the population is, especially when you get into the Munjoy Hill neighborhood. And, as I gave happiness to people - mostly kids - from a wide range of racial, religious and economic backgrounds, I trust I gave glory to God as well.

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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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