Spring 2020 Session Letter
Hey DRAMA Families! Enclosed you will find the information needed for participation in the DRAMA teams this Spring. Applications can be printed off the DRAMA website (www.dramateam.org) or filled out online. Helper applications are also available on the website. All applications must be received by February 19th in order to be accepted into the spring session. Please send your applications to Phil Weaver (95 Stobers Dam Rd. Stevens, PA 17578) along with your $50 session fee. If this creates financial difficulty, please contact Tim (717-951-2518) or Phil (717-682-8597) as there are scholarships available. An alternate, older-member application is also available online.
Parents meetings: In order for a youth to participate in this session, at least one parent of all members and leaders must attend one of the parent meetings listed below or make special arrangements with Tim or Phil. If a member is 18 or older, they may participate in the session independently from their parents by following our Older Member Policy on the website (under the Documents section). Please bring your calendars for scheduling purposes. There will also be a sign-up for training camp meals. Parents of new members do not need to attend these meetings, but are welcome and may find them helpful. Spring parent meeting dates are:
- Tuesday evening, February 25, from 7-8:30 at the DRAMA Office (Grace EC Church 131 Terrace Avenue Ephrata, PA 17522)
- Saturday morning, February 29, from 9-10:30am at the DRAMA Office (Grace EC Church 131 Terrace Avenue Ephrata, PA 17522)
Again this session, Training Camp will be a Thursday through Saturday. The dates are: Thursday, March 5 @ 8:00am, through Saturday, March 7@ 8:00pm. Again this session, Training Camp will be held at Woodcrest Retreat (225 Woodcrest Lane Ephrata, PA 17522).
Session Duration: Training Camp through Monday, May 18. See back of letter for pre-booked outreaches.
We are planning to have two teams this coming session. Practices for both teams will be held in the evening.
- Alpha: Mondays, 6:30-9:00pm @ Ephrata (Grace EC: 131 Terrace Avenue Ephrata, Pa 17522)
- Beta: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00pm @ Lancaster (Faith Church: 2124 Old Philadelphia Pike Lancaster, PA 17602)
Update: Alisha Austin is now our Outreach Coordinator. You can direct all outreach contacts to her. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sprouts: DRAMA is planning on having Sprouts (youth ages 8 to 12) again this spring. The session will be from March 18 through May 13. Sprouts will meet on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00pm at Ebenezer EC Church (235 State Street Brownstown, PA 17508). For anyone who is interested in seeing what Sprouts is like before committing to the session, the first practice on the 18th is an open day for whoever would like to attend. By the second practice, they will need a commitment for the session and pre-booked outreaches. If you have any questions, contact Tim King (717 951 2518) or email him at Tim@dramateam.org. See back of letter for details on the pre-booked outreach given to sprouts.
Booked Outreaches: These are the outreaches that our mime teams already have booked for the spring session; please mark them on your calendars. Each member is required to attend these pre-booked outreaches. Times given are subject to change, but only slightly. If there are any conflicts please list them on your application. Any more outreaches that are confirmed will be shared at the parent meetings or at practice.
March 20 (Friday evening) at Crossfire Youth Ministry
April 2 (Thursday, 1:30pm-3:30pm) at Petra Church
March 25 (Wednesday, 11:30am-2:00pm) at CHEX Co-op
April 8 (Wednesday 10:30am-1:00pm) at Gehman’s Mennonite Church
April 30, (Thursday evening) DRAMA Banquet, at Woodcrest Retreat (225 Woodcrest Lane Ephrata, PA 17522).
April 30, (Thursday evening) DRAMA Banquet, at Woodcrest Retreat (225 Woodcrest Lane Ephrata, PA 17522).
On September 28th, team Beta had an all-day outreach/workday at God’s Clear View Ministries. We were split into three groups. One group sorted holiday decorations, one sorted clothes in the Blessing shop, and one worked on clearing all the stuff that was piled on the stage. When we arrived, we were surprised to see some new and exciting changes. The new staff had expanded the food pantry, as well as making it accessible online. Other changes included renovations to the kitchen to accommodate a soup kitchen, the wall between the two parts of the Blessing shop torn down, and all the boxes from the basement removed and taken upstairs (and put on the stage). It was amazing to see all the new changes taking place and the way God is continuing to use the ministry.
On October 5th, Beta had an all-day outreach at a fall festival for Joshua’s Hands ministry in Virginia. When we arrived, the leaders realized we were really low on face paint. So, we didn’t have to put on mime paint. Yeah! No scraping your face to take the paint off, plus no paint in your hair or eyebrows. We gave two different presentations. We stroll mimed for a little bit in between the presentations. After our last performance, we helped run games. Since we weren’t wearing paint, it was nice being able to talk to the kids and give instructions for the games. The outreach might not have gone as planned, but the gospel was still shared, so it was a success.
On October 16th, Beta had a morning outreach at Lititz Area Mennonite School. We presented for their morning chapel time. We wore mime paint. It was two of the members first time wearing mime paint, which they were thrilled about. Tim King came and spoke for the outreach. We enjoyed being able to come back and present for the kids again.
On March 28th, 2019, at 5:30 pm, DRAMA Ministry had an outreach at Red Run Mennonite Church. Someone told us they has never seen the kind of miming we did before, using hand motions and very big facial expressions. We presented the following six mimes: God is God, Healing Begins, Good Company, Be Kind to Yourself, and Alpha’s new mime, Who you are. After we finished miming, we had the opportunity to play games with the people. They said they would love to have us again in the future.
March 17th team Alpha had an outreach at Red Run Mennonite Church. We had the pleasure of presenting six times along with wearing face paint. Directors Alex and Joseph also spoke explaining the gospel and what it is to us. After the outreach Red Run Mennonite Church invited the team to stay for lunch and fellowship.
Last Sunday, March 17, 2019, Beta had an outreach at Conestoga View Nursing Home to share the gospel and encourage the residents. When we got there, we helped bring the residents to the room where we presented. Then to open up we sang several songs. After Tony spoke briefly, our team presented six mimes, with great reactions from the audience: Awesome God, The Fall (our new one!), Love is a Cross, Alive, God is God, and Be Kind to Yourself. To conclude, Gabrielle explained these songs and led the group in prayer. Afterward some of us went to Emily S.’s house to hang out and debrief the outreach. We were really thankful for the opportunity to brighten the residents’ day!
WiFi is working again,so I’ll celebrate with more pictures!
We’re back into our regular routine of service work by day and training the local team by night. Tomorrow well do a joint presentation with them for Valentine’s Day.
There’s lots we hope to finish up before we fly home on Friday. Pray for strength to finish well!
Sorry the updates are coming slow. The wifi is out here at Children’s Vision so I’m doing this on low speed data over a cell phone. That and we’ve run a crazy schedule!
Cement day went great and finished ahead of schedule. The rest of the team has pounded through a ton of work in the CVII warehouse sorting ministry resources as well as helping get the kids fitted with new clothes and uniforms. I (Tim) have been busy on the construction site and didn’t get pics of the others.
Today (Saturday) we’re on break, did some site seeing and generally just resting up. Tomorrow we’ll take the kids to church and out for a special meal. Then it’s back to the crazy schedule of service work in the day and team training in the evening. Things are going really well!
The DRAMA Colombia team arrived safely in Bogota Monday afternoon. Since then we’ve been busy helping Children’s Vision with everything to uniforms and new clothes to (the older ones on the team) helping on the construction site of CVII’s newest building. We also get to train the local team every afternoon and evening. They impressed us with how well they were already doing, so we’re trying to push them further than we’ve ever taken them before!
Pray for us as our schedule is super full with lots of training and work. Everyone is doing well,but we’d still appreciate prayer for strength and endurance. Also, Friday will be a cement pouring day for those on the construction site and we anticipate that to be a lot of work and it has to be completed in one day! Pray for that!
DRAMA is heading back to Bogota, Colombia again and our team is raising support!
DRAMA Ministry (www.dramateam.org) is a local Christian youth discipleship ministry that uses mime to present the Gospel. This winter from February 2 through 15, 2019, we are leading a team to Bogota, Colombia to partner with Children’s Vision International Inc. (www.childrensvision.org). CVII takes abandoned, abused, and high-risk infants and small children from the street to provide twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week care. This includes a home, food, clothing, education, recreation, and full medical attention.
The trip starts on February 2, when we will begin training and we hope to arrive in Colombia and start ministry by February 4. From there our base of operations will be Children’s Vision’s guest house in the city of Bogota. We will be working primarily right in CVII’s homes and school with the children and youth who live there. DRAMA has helped the CVII children to start their own discipleship team in the past which has since grown done mission work of its own. This trip will focus on strengthening and equipping them for ministry further ministry and training new members that are ready join. Along with training and outreach opportunities alongside the local team, our team will also help with work projects around the CVII property including construction projects underway to expand their ministry capacity.
For this trip to happen our team needs to raise some money and will need a lot of prayer cover. Each member is striving to raise $1,300 toward their travel expenses. Any extra one raises will help ensure the whole team reaches its goal. There is information for giving at the bottom of this letter.
Prayer is even more essential than funds in an undertaking of this nature. We covet prayers for our team the work being done throughout the trip. There will be so many opportunities for the Gospel to go out or for things to go wrong that we know it is absolutely vital that the heart and hand of God be sought on our behalf. So this e-mail/blog post is meant to invite you to partner with us in finance and in prayer for the Colombia 2019 Trip. If you’re reading this in an e-mail form sent from DRAMA, then you are already setup to get updates while we travel – please use them as reminders to pray. If you want to be added to our list – just e-mail email@example.com and we’ll get you setup.
If you would like to support the team financially you can send a check written out to DRAMA Ministry to the address below. Please include a note mentioning which team member you intended to support:
DRAMA Ministry, 241 Blimline Rd. Mohnton Pa. 19540
You can also donate online by clicking on any of the images below:
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On September 28th, team Alpha was able to partner with Carlos and Migdalia, the directors/ founders of God’s Clearview ministries.
For this outreach we were able to use a different set of skills, and bless Carlos and Migdalia by helping them with various work projects around their home and the home of their ministry. The three of the biggest projects we did were:
•Carrying and stacking firewood inside for the winter.
•Harvesting the remaining produce from the garden. As well as clearing it and preparing it to be planted over with grass.
• Switching out some of the summer clothes with winter clothes in the blessing shop (a place where family that are struggling financially can find free clothes).
We aslo did a few other random jobs here and there.
We are thankful for the opportunity this outreach gave us to grow closer as a team through working together, conversations, and laughs. And we pray that God will receive the glory for what was accomplished.