“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

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Kezar Falls AG Family Day

Every year for several years now (covid years excepted) the Kezar Falls, Maine, Assembly of God has held a family fun day at a local fair grounds.  For several of those years, I have been invited to close the event with an hour long program.  I was invited back again this year.

This year's event was held on a crisp autumn day.  It was in full swing by the time Sue and I arrived, including: hay rides, free clothing, free food, a prayer tent, face painting, a bounce house, a bluegrass Gospel band, and more.  In fact, I had the blessing of setting up my show behind the stage as bluegrass worship music filled the air.  

Once I was set up, and all the other activities were shut down, the group of 80 or 90 people still present gathered around for my show.  Having done this gig several times now, I know the open field I work in can get windy; always a challenge for a juggler.  This year, though, the wind was minimal, and the show began.  I intentionally did some things differently.  For example, I opened with a routine to the W's "the Devil is Bad".  Instead of opening with a three ball routine, this is a routine of both three and four ball tricks.  I closed this routine with sickle juggling, a prop I rarely use.

Early on I did my "Around the World" juggling routine, one I really enjoy but don't perform a lot.  This opened the door to talk about the well drilling project Sue spearheaded upon our return from Uganda in 2018.  (See "Buyala School" photos in the gallery section of this site.)  Later, in "Jesus is Victor" I juggled five balls, something I do often but not always depending on how it feels on a given day.  Also, being perhaps my last outdoor show of the season, I made sure to include fire diabolo and fire devil sticks.

I closed with two semi-regular tricks: the shackles escape and "Phillip and the Ethopian".  I contrasted and compared how both the Apostle Paul - once a pompous, racist jerk- and the unnamed but trustworthy Ethiopian from Acts chapter 8 - both needed a life changing encounter with Jesus.

After the show there was the usual meet the rabbit time for any animal lovers in the audience, and chat with a few audience members while I picked up.  One gentleman reminded me that he bought two of my books last year and he has enjoyed reading them.  Lyn, the co-worker who was my initial contact for this event years ago, stopped by to say hi as well.  Fall is just a great time for outdoor shows.

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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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