My husband and I have been working with young leaders our entire careers. They come to the table with energy, initiative and vision. In this day and age, one can get discouraged if you only watch what is highlighted on the news. In truth, amazing accomplishments are happening all around us. All we have to do is open our eyes.
During my twelve years of teaching in the classroom, I had the absolute privilege of teaching some of the most driven, talented students I have ever known. Two young women, Danielle Glenn and Adea Reardon, were middle school drama students during our time together. Now, as young women in their late teens and twenties (goodness, I'm old), along with other amazing young adults are participating in Theatre on a Mission, Shelley Cain's vision of taking the gift of theatre around the world. Currently, they are based out of Jacksonville, Fl. The description below is from their Facebook page:
"Theatre On a Mission is a student-driven service project. It began with one girl’s
dream to meet and to inspire a young orphan she sponsored in Kenya. She wanted to bring the joy of theatre to children who might never get the opportunity to experience it. She asked a few of her friends to help her take a theatre camp to that orphanage in Africa.
Their first trip was an amazing success. The team conducted a week-long theatre camp and incorporated the children at the Foundation Stone Ministry Orphanage into a play that helped raise enough money from the surrounding Bondo community to get running water to the orphanage. The group traveled to two additional village schools, teaching those students theatre games and more. Over those two days at the schools, the sessions included over 1200 students!
Students from UNF, UF, FSCJ, Douglas Anderson, Stanton, and Sandalwood High Schools have come together to make this dream come true. In July of 2014 another team of students will be making a second journey to Africa to bring theatre to the children living in the Foundation Stone Ministry Orphanage.
In July of 2015 the Theatre On A Mission Project will be taking on new team to the poorest section of Costa Rica. We are so excited to be working with these beautiful children!"
If you'd like to partner with Theatre on a Mission, contact information is below:
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.