Sunday, December 14, 2014

You are SPECIAL!

Every December our church puts on a Christmas play to go with the distribution of Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child "shoebox" packages. The last 4 years my Finnish colleagues have put the play together, usually some form of the traditional Christmas story... so with them no longer here :(, I volunteered to do the play this year, and I decided it was time for a change! We used the story "You are special" from Max Lucado and added a little bit of Christmas and an appearance of Jesus...

We had our first performance last week at the Children's Home as a sort of dress rehearsal, and it went really really really well...As the packages already arrived on Tuesday (you never can be sure when they will arrive!), we decided to do some shows this weekend and some next weekend to spread them out. The 8 child actors were all available, but unfortunately Vanja, our adult actor, had to go out of town... So, our friend Milan did a wonderful job of standing in for him!  (I told my brother, Kevin, that it was a pity he can't speak the local language, as he would have been perfect as Eli! Oh well... he enjoyed coming to the performances, even if he couldn't understand anything...)

We had two performances and package distributions last night. Before we had the play, Ljilja welcomed everyone... 
We watched a video from Operation Christmas Child to show everyone where the packages come from and where they all go to - 100 MILLION so far (and to think it all it started in Bosnia over 20 years ago!). Dragana did a good job of explaining what was going on in the video as it is all in English...
Then my friend, Dijana, who has helped a LOT with the play (besides adapting the text, she is also the narrator), introduced the play...
And then it began...our Wemmicks putting stars and dots on each other...
And putting a lot of dots on Punchinello...
Who then sees Lucia and asks her how she doesn't have any dots or stars... and she tells him that it is because she goes every day to their creator Eli...and that he needs to ask him...
So, Punchinello goes to ask Eli... Eli tells him that it is more important what he thinks about himself than what other people think - and that Eli thinks he is very special... and that the stickers only stick if you let them!
Encouraged by this, he goes home, but realises that it is Christmas Eve and that he is alone... he falls asleep and Jesus appears to him in a dream and tells him once again that he is special, and that his is never alone... and that his Christmas present that year is that the stickers won't be able to stick anymore... the next morning when someone tries to put a sticker on him, it doesn't stick... and as Punchinello says "YAHOOOO"! ----THE END----
After the play I led with our actors Rami's song "Vrlo dragocjen" (Very precious) which was our camp song 2 years ago... as it really fits in with the theme... (The chorus goes: "we are all very precious, everyone of us, more precious than a diamond, very precious, unique, everyone who is created is special")...
Then it was time for the part of the evening that everyone had been waiting for - giving out the Christmas packages!! So many happy children!!
Then it was time to have a pizza with our actors between performances before doing it all again!! And that is how you give out about 200 packages in one day :)

1 comment:

Victor said...

I was a bit confused about the story the first time I read it in an earlier post. Re-reading it and focuses on the correct picture (I was looking at the picture above the words instead of below) and this time working out which pronouns referred to whom, I was able to understand the story! Cool story. It sounds like it worked.

Now the christmas package idea is all over the world in many countries and there are a few other organisations doing it besides Samaritan's Purse. So cool!

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