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An update from Esta Felder

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Esta* is a worker in the Middle East who writes and directs dramas and is training believers in theater. The plays are used by the monthly youth meetings, in regular church services, at camps, retreats, and conferences for a variety of purposes: to teach the youth, encourage and build up community, and reach out to non-believers.

Our last play depicting the parable of Lazarus and the rich man went really well. We received a lot of feedback on it and once again I was very proud of the actors. Our next play for Youth for Christ will deal with the issue of how easily people leave the church. I was asked by the leaders of Youth for Christ to write a play specifically on the topic of church. This is a shame-based culture and people are easily offended. Their response is to immediately cut themselves off instead of trying to resolve the problem. In the play we show that just as even loving marriages require work and commitment, so does being part of the Body of Christ.

There was a camp for young people (ages 16 – 30) from all over the region this last week. The turnout was encouraging: 280 young people! We performed a drama having to do with freedom of religion – or the lack of it. All in all a very exciting week! I’m so happy we were able to be a part of it.

Our next play will be based on the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus climbed a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus, but Jesus saw him up there. He called him by name and asked if he could come to his house – just like he invites us to be with him today!

We praise God for the work he is doing through Esta’s plays! Please continue to pray for her, that God will give her energy and creative inspiration as she writes new plays. Pray that God will continue his work in the lives of the 280 young people that attended the youth camp. Pray that the stories that Esta tells in the form of plays will help many in her country understand who Jesus really is and to come to know him in a real and lasting way.

*Names changed for security reasons.