“Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Teach them to observe all things that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20

We believe that we have been called to use the gifts God has given us to reach unbelievers for Him and to encourage, and build up His Church.

LOL at Portland Root Cellar

I've written many times about the Root Cellar, an inner city mission in Portland, Maine's Munjoy Hill neighborhood.  They do amazing work with their neighbors, most of whom are immigrants and refugees from Africa.  The Root Cellar provides a dental clinic, English classes, a food bank, youth ministries, and after school care among other ministries.  This is a venue I make sure to bring my students to every school year.  It is an inspiring cross cultural experience, and this week's trip was no different.  

We did the LOL show for their after school program on Monday afternoon.  While my class is predominantly caucasian (13 of 17) our audience had only one white child..  Several of the girls in the audience, including teen volunteers, were clearly Muslim as evidenced by their brightly colored hijabs.  Truely, it was a cross cultural experience.

But I've also learned that, the more different we are from each other, the more we are the same.  Like all children, the younger Root Cellar kids loved the slap stick comedy of the Prodigal Juggler and the upstaging / juggling routine.  The teens in the audience loved the comic-drama of "I Want to Know What Love Is", and everybody loved the rabbit and dove productions.  

The team did great as always (We've not had a bad show in two school years!).  The highlight was Avery's 8th grade solo, in which he juggled a variety of props, finishing with battle axes!  Faith and Caleb did a nice job passing diabolos. Both of their partners were absent, so they had to learn to pass with each other that morning.  Hannah's three ball juggling has gotten better and better, and she fit it into the show nicely.  And if anyone in the audience was daydreaming, Eva's use of a confetti gun to upstage Shaylee brought their attention back! Mary and Luke have worked very hard on their devil sticking recently, and both were able to include more tricks than ever before.

Unfortunately, due to a late start, we had minimal time to interct with the audience after the show, but everyone had a meaningful, enjoyable time nonetheless, as testified to by our debriefing on Tuesday morning.


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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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