Tuesday, April 16, 2019

UniShow Universe at the University of LeTourneau

What an honor to present the UniShow at LeTourneau University for the second year in a row! The beautiful, state-of-the-art Belcher Center was packed for this all school chapel.

Students were very responsive and we had a great time. Afterward, the director of Fine Arts was highly complimentary about our presentation and message delivery. Katie and Misun even had students wanting to know how to get their costumes.

Here's our new promo video where most of the footage came from our event at LeTourneau:  https://youtu.be/zYBwl4c4ULg





UniShow Universe Launches in Florida


Down the road at First Baptist Church of Belleview Florida, we presented a community outreach event. There was a great turnout for this UniShow Universe Spectacular and we received much encouraging feedback afterward about the creative delivery of testimonies and the Gospel.

This church has a serious follow-up program and will be contacting each person who indicated a response to the Gospel invitation.








Monday, April 15, 2019

Rewarding Reading Indians

We had the privilege of helping students at Popp's Ferry Elementary in Biloxi Mississippi celebrate their great accomplishments! We presented two UniShow assemblies, one for K-2 and the other for 3-4 graders who had reached their reading goals. Teachers had kept it a surprise and it was fun to hear student's excited comments as they walked into the room.




  

Afterward kids said they loved David's "slick moves" and Misun's "electric guitar"! :)  Also, two girls told Misun they were so inspired by her violin playing that they now want to work hard to excel at piano playing.

Administrators told us our event was a great blend of entertainment and inspiration and will definitely motivate students who were not able to attend, to work harder next time to reach their reading goals. We received an open invitation to return to present at this school in the future.




Way to go Indians! Keep on reading and never give up!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Navajo Nation in New Mexico

New Mexico is so beautiful and varied in scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in this desert state and the Navajo Nation.

We stopped first in Gallup and had the opportunity to share in Rehoboth Christian School's senior Bible class about our experiences among the persecuted church. That evening we had the privilege of being half-time entertainment for Rehoboth's home basketball tournament final.


Dustin wowed the crowd on his 10 ft. unicycle then, before dismounting, shared his story and hope of the Gospel to a captivated crowd.


Something about speaking from 10 feet in the air with only one wheel beneath, gives extra credence to one's words. Many people afterward commented on how powerful the message was. In an area where suicide is 3x the national average, it was very special to have this ministry opportunity.

Next we went to Newcomb High School for a morning UniShow Universe assembly. The administrator loved it so much they wanted us to stay and present to the Middle and Elementary schools too. Due to their testing schedule, we weren't able to fit them in this time but will do our best to return in the future.




Inspire School Programs is a ministry that teaches Biblical principles in public schools through mentoring and classes. They hosted a few events for us in schools where they are working in the Four Corners area.

Koogler Middle School in Aztec was one of the Inspire sponsored connections. We did 2 assemblies in a row since the bleachers were too small to fit all 550 students at once. The students were very encouraging and thankful afterward and we even had a few students offer to join us on tour.






Inspire has only been working in Bloomfield Middle School for a few weeks so it was great to partner with them to bring more awareness to their presence on campus during the assembly we did there.

We also returned to Rocinante High School where we presented 2 years ago. It was great to be able to share in this alternative school and challenging students to persevere through life's challenges. Students again said how inspired they were following our presentation. Faculty who saw us 2 years ago expressed amazement at how much the production value of the UniShow has increased with our expanded team.




After each of these Inspire sponsored assemblies, leaders and mentors told us, some with tears in their eyes, how much students needed to hear the important message we shared in this creative way. They said our message tied perfectly into what they are teaching the students.

Before we headed east after a wonderful week based in Farmington, we played tourist and ate Fry Bread from a Navajo Flee Market in Shiprock. Then we stood at the Four Corners Monument where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet.

Launching in California

After a busy 3 weeks in Kenya, we flew the long 22 hours back to San Jose California. While still recovering from jet lag, we had the privilege of performing our first North American UniShow Universe presentation to 700 junior highers at Valley Christian in their beautiful gymnasium.


  

We heard great feedback from students afterward. A mom even told us gratefully the next day that her son came home raving about the UniShow being the best assembly they'd ever had. She said it must have been good since she usually can hardly get a word out of him about anything that happens at school.

Next we moved over to Valley Christian Elementary for our 3rd year in a row presenting on the last Friday before President's Day. Due to the torrential downpour that day, we squeezed the UniShow into their cozy chapel along with 450 students. They didn't seem to mind and were a very enthusiastic audience. The principal told us later that students enjoyed it as much or more than the previous 2 years. He noted that a group of boys really connected with David's dance which helped keep them engaged throughout the whole show and the music students were really inspired by Misun's violin playing.



Just outside of Death Valley we presented at Saint Ann School for a great group of K-8th graders in Ridgecrest California. An impressed student asked Dustin afterward, "Is there anything you can't do?!" Another student thanked Dustin for presenting the Gospel and said she felt so peaceful when he shared. 





We were thankful for the amazing scenery we were able to experience along our travels in Death Valley, Grand Canyon and beyond.

Wild burros in Death Valley.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Rift Valley and Beyond

We said goodbye to the Grace Church team and had a few days to regroup before presenting another 9 UniShow Universe outreaches around Nairobi and Rift Valley partnering with college friends of Dustin's who have served in Kenya for 18 years.


We first presented at the elite International School of Kenya in Nairobi for middle school students. Unfortunately, our equipment vehicle was stopped enroute to the school and the driver arrested. Police said our equipment had to be presented in court. Thankfully, ISK's head of security has influence and was able to get it all released without any "fine". We had some extra rehearsal/prep time at the school as we awaited our equipment. It finally arrived at ISK 10 minutes before show time and after a mad scrambled, by God's grace we managed to start only 5 minutes late.



The next day we were back at ISK for elementary and high school presentations. Thankful we left our equipment there overnight so we had plenty of time to prep for these two shows.




Both students and teachers were gushing afterward, exclaiming that the presentation was life changing, they couldn't stop talking about it, and they've never seen students so engaged. A student said, "That was epic! No, that was more than epic!" Teachers were amazed that the students who came to talk to us afterward were the ones they least expected, noting it was clear something connected with them.

Our next stop was Eastleigh, a Somali community with a reputation as a rough part of town. People warned us against going here but we were happy it was on our schedule and had a great time presenting in this Muslim community. A family has been building relationships here through sports ministry and brought us in to boost their presence. The UniShow outreach was scheduled at a time to draw people in after they left Friday prayers at the mosque. We had a smaller crowd but the local organizer was very thankful afterward that many in attendance had the opportunity to hear the Gospel for the first time.




Rift Valley Academy hosted a UniShow Universe event and the whole community came out for a fun Saturday evening. Many people said they were inspired and challenged by the presentation.


  

Cornerstone Academy was next where the school has grown out of an orphan ministry. The students were so cute in their bright blue uniforms. We had lunch with them after the assembly and many students surrounded us to ask us questions.



  
Kabarak elementary, middle school and University students were our next 2 audiences. The elementary and middle schools filled the retro wooden theater with 800 lively students. The university show was not mandatory so was more sparse but still a good time. 





Kabarak's Provost concluded each event, imparting Godly wisdom in summary of each show, saying, "If God can help this man ride a 10 ft unicycle He can help you with your homework and pass your exams." He also said, "We had a world champion here, that means we are a world class school." He summed up our message, challenging the students to put God in the center of the one life they have been given.

We felt like we went back in time as we entered the gates of Pembroke House School for our last UniShow Universe Kenya event. This prestigious British boarding school looked the part with stone buildings, towers and a Shakespearean round theater where we performed. All the students and some from the community filled the stone theater and were super responsive. Afterward we heard repeatedly how "brilliant" our performance was. 



  

It was encouraging to hear from each venue how inspired students were to use what they have to make a difference and to surrender all to Jesus. One teacher said he's sure we wonder if we're hitting the mark as we try to reach students with the Gospel and he assured us we were.

As we traversed the country on roads crazier than we've ever experienced in all our travels, we saw camel, baboons, monkeys and zebra as common as deer in Minnesota, making each trek a scenic adventure through another part of God's amazing creation.