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LOL at Portland Root Cellar

Mar 28 2017

A week ago, my student jugglers, LOL, had their second show in two days. This show was at the Root Cellar ministry in Portland.  The Root Cellar is an inner city mission in Maine's largest city.  They have a dental and medical clinic, after school care, youth group, community meals and so much more.  My class performed for the after school program.  This is a true cross cultural experience for my suburban students who are predominantly Caucasian.  Our audience was 100% African immigrants or refugees.

The morning before, we had done a show at a church with 200 in attendance.  The Root Cellar show had about a dozen.  To be fair, we usually get more kids at the Root Cellar, but it was one of the first afternoons that felt like spring, so many neighborhood kids were no doubt enjoying the weather.  But just like good things coming in small package, good shows are often for small audiences.

My students did a terrific job in a small space.  Caleb B. did a terrific job juggling battle axes, Kasy gets funnier and funnier with the Creation story / illusion, and Jacob had all the music properly prepped and ready to go.  It was a great day for both groups of kids.

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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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