Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bashing Fall at Grace Church

Two days after returning from Cairo we shared the UniShow with children and families for Grace Church Eden Prairie's AWANA Fall Bash.  Despite jet lag and Dustin still recovering from falling on his back off the ramps during the last show at the Cave Church in Cairo, we had a great event.  It was a treat and privilege to perform at our home church.

Dustin shared his story and the Gospel and many students responded and gave their lives to Jesus!  It was neat to see kids coming up front with their friends to help introduce them to God.  We pray that these young lives will follow God all their days and tell many others about His great love!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Territory in Egypt

Directly after our last show Sunday at the first festival we took a 10 hour bus ride to Upper Egypt with the skaters, illusionist and strong men.  It was a bonding experience as we were all exhausted yet tried to keep each other cheery as our driver constantly got lost, turning this intended 6 hour trip into a memorable 10 hours.

The Monday festival in Upper Egypt was the first ever in the area.  It was a hectic day but once things got rolling some great ministry took place.  We did 2 combined shows with the skaters, strong men and UniShow and it flowed well.  Many accepted Jesus and we had a special prayer time with individuals afterward.

After a quick dinner on the bank of the Nile, we loaded the bus again and headed back to Cairo for a much more direct and uneventful trip.

Tuesday's festival at the Cave Church hosted nearly 20,000 people in Manshiyat naser Cairo and was an unexplainable experience.  We all considered it a privilege to be the first to ever do performance outreach on the Cave Church grounds.  Each performer in our group did 3 shows throughout the day on different "stages".  Since performers have never shared in this area before, the people were very excited to have us there.  Their aggressive enthusiasm was quite overwhelming and some of us feared for our safety as crowds closed in for pictures and autographs and just to touch us.  Fortunately, our Egyptian church friends were very mindful of our well being throughout it all.  The Gospel was shared numerous times at each venue and we saw much evidence God used it to touch people's hearts amidst the chaos.

God is truly doing mighty things in Egypt.  What a privilege to be a small part of it!  Please pray for the thousands who heard about Jesus this week through these events.

Bubba performing the human helicopter. 

Andrew crushing unopended pop cans.
Residence of Manshiyat naser.

Manshiayt naser

Show at the Cave Church

People choosing to follow God.

Dustin with the Cave Church priests.

Monday, November 7, 2011

God is rocking in Egypt!

Our 4th trip to Egypt was amazing!  In 5 days we did 11 shows for 20,000 people, plus millions viewed coverage on satellite TV throughout the Middle East.

Friday through Sunday was the festival we've done previously and we saw a record attendance of 30,000 total.  Past years the head religious leader Egypt's largest Christian denomination has denounced the festival telling people if they attended they couldn't take communion.  This year no such announcement was made.  People bused in by the thousands from all over Egypt.  Tickets to the festival were such a hit that they were being resold for profit and tickets were being counterfeited.

There was lots for people to see: skateboard demos, strong men, UniShow, illusionist, bands, billiards trick shot artist, freestyle motocross, art gallery.  And lots for people to do: high and low ropes course, zip line, food court, skate park, climbing wall, kids zone, team sports.

We prayed with people throughout the day after our shows.  Each evening everyone would gather in the stadium for a rally with music and a local pastor speaking.  This evening session is broadcast live by satellite throughout the middle east.  Thousands gave their lives to Christ for the first time.  It was incredible.

Dustin Mallory tearing up the skate bowl.
Terry Russell amazes the crowd with Team Faith freestyle motocross 
Mike Massey during his interview for Sat7.  He performs brilliant billiard trick shots.
High ropes course is a popular activity at Wadi.
10,000 people gather for the evening rally in the stadium.