Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Story Extreme EP

On May 20th, we again had the privilege of partnering with students to help reach their peers with the Hope of the Gospel. Since 2012, students at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota have been organizing annual My Story events where they share their own stories of how God has changed their lives. It was very exciting to join forces with these students and others for a night of fun with a purpose.

Once again it was a packed house as students filled the auditorium to hear true stories from fellow classmates and others about God's power to change lives. The night held skits, music, testimonies, games, a snippet of the UniShow and all pointed to the One who's story of death and resurrection brought life to the world.

At the end, students texted in their response to say "I'm All In" with Jesus, many for the first time.  Afterward, leaders hosted an after-party where students who responded gathered for food, fellowship and a fire, connecting individually with Christian peers who will help them grow in their journey.

Students gather pre-show for prayer.
Young Life Lumberjacks keeping the humor alive.

Students presenting a powerful drama.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Spring Splatter UniShow Style

Alderwood Community Church's 2nd-5th graders gathered at Cedar Springs Camp in Lake Stevens Washington for their annual retreat on May 6-7, 2016.  Back in 2009 we presented the UniShow for this elementary camp and it was exciting to be back.  This time Dustin not only performed the UniShow but was the main camp speaker.

He had the opportunity to share some "Pedal Power" with the 90 students throughout the weekend.   Sharing how David from the Bible surely had lots of time to develop his sling shot skills while watching over the sheep, Dustin challenged students to work hard and persevere to develop the gifts and talents God has given them.  Who knows, maybe someday God will call on them to sling stones with accurate precision at a giant to save a nation.  He also presented the Gospel and gave students the opportunity to surrender their lives completely to Jesus.  To wrap things up he challenged them to let their lights shine brightly in this dark world and share the Hope and Love of Jesus with those who have never heard of Him before, both near and far.

We are thankful for the opportunity to invest in these impressionable students and point them to Jesus who will help keep them on the narrow path that leads to life.  Leaders told us afterward that students will be greatly impacted for years to come through this event.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Grace Academy in Washington

On May 2, 2016 we were welcomed into Grace Academy in Marysville Washington to present a special assembly for the entire school. The leadership told us it was a rare treat for all 275 students from grades K-12 to gather in the same place at the same time. The students displayed a perfect blend of respect and enthusiasm throughout the UniShow. Afterward, it was a treat for us to meet a high school student who recently moved to WA from our home state of MN and is not only proficient with the yo-yo but also desires to use his talent to share Jesus. We hope to see him out there someday creatively drawing crowds and sharing God's love.

We received some great feedback from teachers following the assembly. Quotes submitted from our post-show evaluation form included:

"Students talked about it for days! They were so excited and understood at different levels the importance of finding their nitch and using it to bring glory to God."

"Best assembly /chapel of the year!!!! Really liked when he jumped the principal."

"Dustin has been given a true gift to share the message of Christ with youth in a way that truly speaks to their hearts. Impressing teenage boys is difficult, but he had them captivated!"

"You need to see this couple that have a unique outreach ministry. Highly entertaining, captivating, engaging with a gospel message."

"Dustin did an excellent job of keeping the attention of the students for K-12 grade. That is an almost impossible thing to do. But, he was able keep them focused on the message using his talents and skills."