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A Creative Force for God

 

When I founded One Man Show fourteen years ago, I dubbed the ministry a “creative force for God.” From the beginning—and up until this day—I have striven to convey the Good News of Jesus Christ through such creative means as dramatic monologues, storytelling, illusions, art and song. I believe I have strong biblical warrant for such means, as the Old Testament prophets taught via object lessons and Jesus Himself spun parables. Our God is a creative God!

This year I have created a new monologue and I’m working on another. In January, I began calling pastors to let them know about a worship piece that I wrote, Sea Change, featuring Peter the fisherman in full biblical costume. This is not a single monologue, but a series of dramatic vignettes set in the context of a Lenten worship service. At the end of the service, I walk in a final time, leaving my nets on the altar as I sing a verse from “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore.” I took Sea Change to four churches during the season of Lent. A laywoman emailed me after my first booking. On the way out of the sanctuary that morning, the woman’s granddaughter turned to her and said, “That was the best thing I have ever seen. I want to get that man’s phone number so we can have him come to our church, too.”

The monologue I am currently working on is tentatively titled, “The Shepherd Who Fell Asleep.” The idea was inspired by a song that I sang in a Christmas musical, The Forgotten Carols, last December at the Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, TX. The tune, “The Shepherd’s Song (You Were Not There in Bethlehem),” is sung from the viewpoint of a shepherd who fell asleep during the angelic announcement of the birth of Jesus. The man, who didn’t see the Christ Child, nevertheless comes to faith because of the testimony of his fellow shepherds. The monologue will convey the power of our witness for Christ. Composer Michael McLean has graciously given me permission to use the song in this upcoming dramatic presentation.

Would you ensure that One Man Show Ministries continues to be a “creative force for God?” Your summer gift can help me create more, reach out more and impact more lives for the Kingdom of Heaven. This ministry does not receive regular financial support from a denomination or church–I must raise money to cover everything, from stamps to stickers. Any book I self-publish, any candy I hand out to kids, any gas I burn to reach a ministry site–it all depends on the generosity of people like you.

Remember: all donations are tax-deductible and acknowledged with a receipt letter. You can write a check to “One Man Show” and mail to PO Box 822052 Ft Worth, TX 76182. There is also a PayPal Donate button on the ONE MAN SHOW website.

Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement and support.

Creatively Yours,

Rev. Mark Winter

Evangelist, One Man Show Ministries

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