Welcome to Tennant Across the Pond

Thanks for coming by--and welcome to Tennant Across the Pond, my online journal which will serve to update friends and family about my upcoming trips to Formby, U.K.

I will be in Formby twice in the next six months, serving with Formby Baptist Church. The dates for the trip are:

March 5-22 and May 16-July 12.

For updates, info, and reflections, read on.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fools for Christ

We're closer than we've ever been,

and now we're even closer.

March 5 gets closer by the day, and I am still very excited, ready to go to return to Formby and be reunited with good friends and my family across the pond.

This week we accomplished a lot in our team meeting, brainstorming skits and numbers for the Gala. It occurs to me now that I have not explained the Gala to those unfamiliar with my trip, so maybe an explanation is due.

The Gala is the biggest event of the entire trip--it requires the most planning and preparation out of anything else we do. The Gala is a one-night even that takes place smack in the middle of the trip. We rent out a local hall and have an evangelistic outreach/talent/variety show in front of the whole church and their friends.

The Gala is one of the biggest evangelistic moments that Formby Baptist has--the skits make everyone laugh, and we make fools of ourselves for Christ (but probably in a much different way than Paul intended when he penned the phrase). At the end, one of the team members shares a testimony and presents the Gospel.

Oh, what we do for the Gospel and for those who do not believe. We over our faces with banana, memorize lines till our brains hurt, make ridiculous intro videos (this year might be a live performance of a hit from The Sound of Music) and spend hours practicing mimes and comedy sketches. This, of course, is nothing when compared to the great missionary feats of church history (after all, there is no threat of martyrdom), but is still a great effort on the team's part to put this together.

So, pray for us as we start practicing (or practising) skits and dramas and mimes. Pray that we would learn our lines, that we would work together well, that people would laugh. But please pray that the Gospel would go forth and make disciples.

"We are fools for Christ's sake..."
--1 Corinthians 4:10

1 comment:

  1. I'll be following your adventures :) Glad to hear you have some cool stuff going on! Miss you! -Theresa