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LOL at Bridgton Alliance Church

Mar 25 2017

For the last 21 years, I have coached a juggling troupe of middle school students to share the Gospel through juggling, magic and skits similar to the ministry that my family and I have done since 1985.  This year I have 14 students in the LOL troupe.  

Since 1994, my family and I have attended Bridgton (Maine) Alliance Church.  Last weekend the two worlds interacted when LOL did a performance at the church's Sunday morning service.  We did an hour long performance, and the kids represented well.  Their juggling was as universally good as it's been all year.  Caleb H and Sam's partner diabolo routine gets better and better, and their final catch on a juggling ring is seemingly fail-proof.  Also, the kids are becoming better and better actors. Elijah is hysterical as the devil, Sam provides comic relief as the older son in "Prodigal Juggler" and the entire cast of "Pebbles" stepped it up several notches.

But there were two moments that set this show apart from any others this year.  First, Liz did her eighth grade solo, not with juggling but with singing.  She sang "Warrior" by Demi Lavato.  Liz sang with such strength and confidence that several in the congregation were wiping away tears.  Although this is a secular top 40 song, in the context of the show, it came across as powerfully spiritual.

Also, we ended as we usually do with "Beautiful, Scandalous Night", a routine where Jesus (ironically, also played by Elijah) calls jugglers one by one to bring their burdens to the cross.  These are represented by bandanas with labels like "fear", " sin", and "shame" which are draped on the cross, exchanged for juggling balls that the kids rise up and juggle.  Simple. It powerful.  But this time, we allowed the congregation to bring their own burdens to the cross as well.  We provided pens and post-it notes for anyone who wanted to act out the spiritual reality of leaving their concerns with Jesus.  Many, perhaps half the congregation, chose to participate.  It was a powerful moment.

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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 just 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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