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Harvest Party

Nov 04 2021

Bridgton Alliance Church was our home for 23 years.  Not just our home church, but in a very real sense , our home.  It was the center of our family's social and spiritual lives.  It is always hard to leave a place like that when God moves you elsewhere, but last week Sue and I had a chance to revisit our old home, if only for an afternoon.

On October 30, the church in Bridgton had a harvest party for families in the area.  While many families were part of the church, many were there as guests, visiting, in some cases, for the first time.  They had a bounce house, bowling, ring toss, and a strong man game, among much else.  Then, an hour in, the games shut down so that Sue and I could do a 45 minute show complete with entertaining but meaningful Gospel presenttion.  

The audience, mostly family groups with kids in costumes ranging from princesses to fire fighters, was responsive to all that we did. There were several opportunities for audience participation, and plenty of eager volunteers.  Being a family event with many unchirched guests, I made the Gospel clear but gentle, ending with the cut and restored rope.  

For Sue, the highlight was probably seeing Lucy, one of her closest friends, and hanging out together before and after the show.  For me it was nice to be back; kind of like going back to my old hometown where I grew up, but no longer resided.

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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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