Friday, September 13, 2019

Annual Albania Outreaches

For the 9th time in 9 years, the UniShow did an outreach tour in the beautiful country of Albania.


From 16 August to 2 September, 2019, our team of 10 from Australia, USA and South Korea unicycled, danced, painted and played music during our hour and fifteen minute show.  We partnered with local church planters as we presented the Gospel for 4,750 people during 11 events around the country.









The harvest is truly plentiful in Albania.  It has been a joy to work with strategic Albanian church planters for nearly a decade and see over 20 churches planted, grow and even plant other churches through our outreaches.




During this tour, we again had the privilege of openly sharing the Gospel during each event and it was always exciting to see people respond to Jesus during Dustin's invitation.  Our Albanian partners let audiences know about the existing church in the area or one about to start.  Contact cards were filled out by those who were interested in learning more about what we shared.  The follow-up by the church planting team was excellent and they didn't let a day pass before they called each person to connect with them personally and plug them into Christian fellowship. 



After our show in Lushnja, we met a 16 year old who was at our event there 2 years ago where he had raised his hand and given his life to Jesus during Dustin's invitation!  He said his life has dramatically changed and he's never going back; he's on fire for Jesus, serving with the church and wants to be a missionary!  It was exciting to be able to pray with and encourage him!




During our show in Rrogozhine, an angry Muslim, supposedly sent by the local Imam, came to pull the plug mid-show, but our power source remained intact at the cafe since the owner was the Mayor's wife and was a fan of our show!


We had several shows in and around Tiranna.  After our first one, we met friendly 10 year old Melvin, who spoke perfect English he learned by watching YouTube videos.  He became one of our team's biggest fans and came with his grandma to the next 3 events we had in other parts of the city because he said he really enjoyed our show and liked talking with us.  As a result, he connected with our local partners and has begun to attend their church.



We presented in another village where we were told the Gospel had never been shared before.  What a privilege to be the first!  We shared openly in another city considered the seat of Islam in Albania.




Albania is an exciting place to serve because we see so much encouraging fruit, immediately and over time.  Thanks for helping us share the Good News with those eager to receive it!



Typical older Albanian men looking distinguished while hanging out at the park.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Bumpy Bulgaria

The UniShow returned to Bulgaria for our third tour. From 1-16 August 2019, our team of 12 (from England, Australia, South Korea and America) traveled Bulgaria, sharing the Gospel among Turks in villages.  It was a privilege to perform with an amazing, professional jazz musician, extremely talented drummer and other great artists.


It was an interesting tour with many challenges throughout. Venues were very difficult due to our events being in Turkish areas which are not maintained like the rest of Bulgaria. Children were also plentiful and unrestrained but we know they are precious in His sight and Jesus said to let the little children come to Him.



Turkish Bulgarians are looked down upon in Bulgaria and often feel ostracized in their own country. The program was presented and translated into Turkish and we distributed Turkish literature, hoping to connect better with them in their heart language.



We worked with local believers and churches and many said they were inspired by our bold presentations. Some in the city of Partizanin loved all of the show's exciting elements, as well as how we shared, but asked why we didn't use Christian worship songs in our show. We explained that public worship, although beneficial, can turn away people who are not looking for God. Yet, our goal is to draw these people into an encounter with Him. When we present the Gospel through an entertaining show, we build a rapport with those people and they are more open to listening. After hearing this explanation, the believers were enthusiastic about this method of evangelism and thanked the team for coming.



  
Several areas we presented in were still healing from painful events where "Christian" leaders broke trust and left the faith. We prayed God would use us as a healing salve and it seems God did encourage and strengthen believers, as a result.





We were able to share the Gospel openly and give invitations during events and saw much openness and interest in the Gospel. After one show, a teen approached Dustin asking what we were doing, since he had just arrived and missed the show. Dustin shared the Gospel with him to which he responded, "That is the smartest thing I have ever heard!"




After the show in Sungulare, David prayed with a man who's family approached as the prayer was ending. David had the opportunity to share more about Jesus with the whole family. After this the daughter approached David separately and said she wanted to know how to have a personal relationship with Jesus. He went through the points of the Gospel and how forgiveness is only available through Jesus when we repent and believe. She prayed along with him to accept Jesus into her life, connected with the local church leader and received a Gospel of John.







In all, we did 13 presentations for 2,750 people. Despite the challenges, we saw God at work in and through us. Thousands of Gospel materials were distributed in addition to the words shared from stage. We pray those seeds will be cultivated into lasting fruit that remains. Thanks for praying with us!

UniShow Universe Bulgaria team at it's finest.
Here is a recap of our Bulgaria tour. We had some quality musicians accompany the UniShow:
https://vimeo.com/355298617/17d583153b

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Paris Je t'Aime - Paris I Love You

After Regeneration, we again boarded a train which took us from Lausanne Switzerland to Paris France to join another YWAM outreach.


It was a great privilege to serve with YWAM Paris Connect for 2 weeks of ministry at République Square...





And Trocadéro Plaza in front of the Eiffel Tower...




  

We were a mighty team of 208 who spread out around the city to share the love of Jesus. In the afternoons, teams ministered to the homeless, vulnerable women, children and families, distributed Bibles, refreshments and so much more. In the evenings we gathered to present open air performances and share the Gospel without restrictions, thanks to the Mayor's permission! 





It was exciting to be able to share openly to so many people from Paris and those visiting from around the world. People were so open to hearing about Jesus and very few left when we shared testimonies and the Gospel from the stage. 

  

We had the honor of presenting outside on the hottest ever recorded temperature in Paris: 108.7F / 42.6C. God's strength got us through!

In all, we presented to 3,850 people during 7 presentations. The Paris Je t'Aime team served 1,122 people with an act of service. People received 3,458 pieces of literature, including 2,500 UniShow Universe Team story cards. 1,367 people received prayer and 38 people indicated a surrender of their lives to Jesus!

We really do love Paris and it was a privilege to be able to share Jesus openly in this beautiful and influential city! Paris Je t'Aime!



A sneak peek of our Paris outreaches: https://vimeo.com/354018365/9799ba8cc8