Most Broadway shows start at 8pm. Every night at curtains up Hong Kong puts on a show, but it's for everyone with a view of the city. Many of the buildings are linked into a coordinated light show. It's quite an elaborate spectacle.
Yesterday we had a memorial service for a dear friend, Jim Warren, Sr. This morning in church our friend, Kenny, told us that he wanted to cut his hair to commemorate Jim's 20 year military career in which he served in three wars. Kenny couldn't decide which military cut was right, so he went with Native American military.
Mr. Cheng runs his own engineering firm in Hong Kong, so I asked him to reflect on the gold medalist/science teacher's greatest contribution to his life. Mr. Cheng didn't hesitate: "Christianity!"
Thankfully he was able to see it. When he walked up to me, before introducing himself, he said, "It was softball. We didn't have enough room to play baseball." He and his wife invited us over, and for two hours we talked about other adjustments that needed to be made to the play and the publicity materials so we could bring it into China for the Beijing Olympics.
Now I have to run to a meeting with a gentleman who was a student of Eric Liddell's.
I just got to perform The Acts for the Salvation Army's Candidates Seminar. What a priviledge to bring the story of God's power to these future officers (pastors).
I performed Big Fish Little Worm at this gathering three years ago, shortly after attending a Compassion artists' retreat at Michael W. Smith's ranch. While I was at the retreat I first met Jimmy Sites. Then, at the Salvation Army event of '03, I saw Jimmy's card on the step which is in the picture. I picked it up, thinking I'd dropped it, but when I returned to my office, there it was on my desk.
Last year in Honduras I ran into Jimmy again at another Compassion artists' retreat. I told him about the double card and that it was a clue to me that God might have something for us to do together. I mentioned MasterWorks to him, and he was sold on the idea of training young artists from a Christian perspective. He'll be one of our master class instructors this June!
Then, one morning he called me en route to record his radio show. He said he'd be interviewing John Kirby, the acting coach for Jim Caviezel and Narnia (among a host of others). Jimmy wanted to know if I'd like to also have John as a master class instructor at MasterWorks. John saw the vision, and he's in as well!
More on John when I get back from my trip around the world.
I'm on the runway now, and I didn't bring his bio, so I won't be able to type it in until I return from this Northern Hemisphere triangulation: NYC-Chattanooga-Medford, OR (my home town)-Hong Kong-NYC.
Here are some other performances to consider:
Beyond the Chariots
Wednesday, April 19, at 8pm or Saturday, April 22, at 2pm
The Man from Aldersgate
Wednesday, April 19, at 2pm or Saturday, April 22, at 8pm
Those are the performances for which the Salvation Army will be recording our shows, and we'd love some friendly folks there.* When they're ready, I'll make them available through this blog.
I've already appologized to some of you for sending over 50 versions of the same email a bit over a week ago! I posted to the blog and left the office. By the time I got home all our inboxes were flooded. It seems to have been a fluke, but rest assurred from here on out I'll be monitoring my own inbox before leaving an internet connection. I'm glad you've chosen to stay subscribed! I appreciate your prayers and support more than I can ever express.
As a thank you I'd like to offer a free ticket to Beyond the Chariots Off-Broadway to the first person to post a comment below the other picture of this moose I posted to this blog. Leave your name, date and time of the performance you'd like to see, and your ticket will be waiting for you.
Jimmy Sites, one of our master class instructors this summer at MasterWorks, was able to meet the subjects of End of the Spear (#8 at the box office for it's opening weekend) in Ecuador. The office of his television program shared this note:
Greetings from the Spiritual Outdoor Adventures office. We thought you might be interested in an article from today's newspaper about the Sites' family trip to the Amazon Jungle with Steve Saint and the Waodoni Indians. If so, click on the following link and you can locate the article.
The SOA Staff