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SCJ Ministry Milestones

May 04 2011

1)       1976: Seeing Alan Alda do a very simple three fruit cascade on an episode of MASH inspired me, as a 14 year old, to try to juggle three waffle balls I had not put away earlier in the day.  I was hooked.

2)      1976:  When visiting my brother at the Coast Guard Academy, we saw a team of jugglers on campus.  In hind sight, they were just OK, but I was inspired to work on performing rather than just practicing for myself.

3)      1977:  My first performance in a high school talent show.  I was so scared I wanted to drop out of the show.  I came in second place.

4)  1984:  Five week tour with the Wonderland Circus Revue.

5)      1985:  The idea of a juggling ministry takes root.  Along with my pastor’s son, Dwayne, we began creating routines and performing Gospel routines.

6)      1986:  A chance meeting with a sister in Christ reminded us that we have to knock for doors to be opened.  We began actively promoting our ministry, and we’ve had gigs every month since.

7)      1991:  We received the ‘Vision New England’ award from the Evangelical Association of New England for outstanding evangelistic ministry.  The award was presented by Joni Eareckson-Tada.

8)      1994:  My first foreign missions trip to the Dominican Republic.

9)      1995:  Took job as a Christian school teacher.  I began training my students in juggling and magic, thus developing a sister ministry: VMG.  This has evolved into LOL.

10)      1996:  We trained the Bridgton Alliance youth group in juggling and skits in order to bring them on a missions trip to Juarez, Mexico.

11)   1999:  Share several evangelistic outreaches with legendary Boston Red Sox player Bernie Carbo.

12)   2004:  Our first of two trips to Ecuador.

13)   2006:  Return trip to Ecuador.

14)   2006:  Begin planning mission trips for teams from Bridgton Alliance Church.  These include trips to rural Kentucky twice, and an outreach at the Revere, MA beach.

15)   2010:  Our first outreach on an Indian reservation in Crow Agency, Montana.

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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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