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A Busy Weekend

Sep 26 2011

Rose, Sue and I spent the weekend in Amherst, NH, at my brother's house.  Besides an opportunity to catch up with three of my four brothers, and to celebrate John's birthday, we did three local performances.

On Saturday afternoon, we went to the Teen Challenge home in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  We did an hour show in the backyard of this residential home.  The audience consisted of six teenage residents, all girls, and a staff person. 
This Teen Challenge home works with girls fighting crisis behaviors such as self injury, eating disorders and addiction.  While the show had some rough edges, including a very tempermental CD player and blistering heat and humidity, it was none the less well received.  The girls were very appreciative, and even ended our visit by singing Happy Birthday to Rose, who turns 10 tomorrow.

On our way home Sunday, we did two shows at the Sununu Youth Detention Facility in Manchester, NH.  Our first show was a small, but enthusiastic group.  We were a little rushed for time, but I believe the Gospel was clearly presented.  After a nice meal with some of the girls and the new chaplain, we did our second show for a much larger group.  This time, we were not as rushed, and I ended with our story / illusion about the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at a well one day.   This led nicely into a time of prayer and ministry.  Several kids prayed to receive Christ, and some were crying as they encountered His grace for the first time.  It's good to know their discipleship is in good hands with Chaplain Ray.  Please pray for these young people as they try to live out their faith in a very challenging setting.

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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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