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Two Days, Two Shows, Two Cities

Apr 10 2018

Both shows were at Root Cellar Ministries, but Wednesday was in Lewiston and Thursday was Portland. Wednesday was the for a ladies' brunch and Thursday was for a community meal. Both gigs were performed by LOL, Windham Christian Academy's youth jugglers, and both were cool learning opportunities for these talented teens as well as, we trust, the audiences.

In Portland, we arrived in plenty of time to set up, warm up and still join the neighborhood ladies for brunch. The kids loved the chance to sit with the women and enjoy a piece of quiche. The group of women was quite diverse: Some African immigrants, some long time Mainers, a retired teacher, a Special Olympian, some ladies from the suburbs.

The evening show in Lewiston was for a community supper that other teens from WCA cooked: chicken Alfredo with pasta and broccoli. Approximately 40 neighbors of all ages came out, and the students who weren't performing served the meal. All but five of six guests were African or perhaps some young children of African immigrants/ refugees. Before the meal, Abdul, a boy of about 10 or so was hanging around, and he surely had a thing for the high school girls we had with us: holding their hands, even kissing their hands! He even joined the team for preministry prayer, and volunteered to be the one to pray out loud. I wasn't sure what to expect (which is sometimes true of when adults in church Volunteer to pray out loud, too.) I was pleasantly surprised and blessed that he prayed in Jesus name.

In the Portland show we did our regular set and added our partners juggling routine for the first time this school year. The ladies loved it all. In Lewiston, we cut our show down a bit due to both time constraints and themeatic concerns. Since 80% or more of the audience was Muslim, we were asked to focus on parables and miracles of Jesus, but not touch on the resurrection. I know the folks at the Root Cellar well enough to know this wasn't a request to compromise, but rather to use the same wisdom missionaries in foreign countries use. Small steps toward Christ are still steps in the right direction. The audience was remarkably quiet and attentive considering they were being served and eating dinner during the show.

We in southern Maine are so fortunate to have these two inner city missions within a short driving distance, and make no mistake, we are blessed to have so many new and future Americans coming here with their many skills, gifts and cultures.

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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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