Eighty-six students onstage, eighteen wireless mics, and eight days until it will all be over. Candlelight Dinner season has gone into high gear, and today’s 7-hour dress rehearsal marked the beginning of the final sprint. Aside from the scores of students onstage, there will be dozens more involved behind the scenes and in service to our guests, so this is most certainly an all-school evangelistic event.
Hours—–HOURS of work go into transforming the auditorium into a parallel universe. This year, it’s the Victorian home of a professor whose Time Machine has stranded him in other centuries. During his travels through time (and space), he comes upon several places, each represented by a performance typical of that part of the world.
In all, today’s rehearsal was encouraging! Here’s a SMALL sampling of the 14 acts this year’s program contains…
I’ve wanted to have our Korean students participate in Candlelight for years…and if has finally happened. Their fan dance (done by 16 graceful ladies) brought tears to my eyes. I questioned my emotional stability until I looked over and saw that my coworkers were experience similar excessive moisture in the ocular area!
I said, “Hey, Jackson, I need someone to wail in Arabic for the beginning of this song. Can you do it?”
“Sure,” he said. Then he took off his shirt. ….go figure.
And then there’s the waltz. Ever seen a couple smiling into each other’s eyes as they dance? It’s worth taking a moment to observe Jim and Sara…and not just for their fancy footwork.
Warriors? Yes–warriors. The Candlelight Dinner is an outreach event for our German friends and neighbors, and nothing would please the Enemy more than derailing it. We desperately need prayer warriors supporting us! During our rehearsal today, our lead actor and MC received a phone call telling him that his grandmother is dying. He left early to be with his family. Pray for him and for his loved ones. [Edit: Sadly, she passed away last night.] We hope he’ll be back in time for our three performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. When she returned home this evening, Diane, one of the two women in charge of the countless decorations such an event requires, found out that her father is in Intensive Care in the States. She too could use your prayers for peace and sustenance.
None of us is immune to illness and injury (as my own bronchitis proves), and it seems that an evangelistic outreach such as this makes both all the more likely. Please pray that God’s armor will keep us all safe and that nothing will impede His love from reaching the approximately 1,000 guests who will be attending our three performances.
(One of today’s victims [Jackson] gets his gaping wound examined by nurse Jan! That’s what I get for planning a performance in which HBR boys are given wooden swords and told to act like Persians fighting Spartans in our own version of the movie “300”!)