~ Sarah hobbles into the room and shares her story about having faith to go out when God calls you and not running ahead of God's plan.
The program appeals to both men and women. The gospel message is vividly presented. It is a very good choice for first-time bookings.
~ Rebekah sashays into the room. She's funny, self-centered, conniving, and a prime candidate for Al-Anon or family counseling. Her nose in everyone else's business, including God's - big mistake!
This program is humorous and light, and is perfect for a retreat's opening session or a family event.
~ Elizabeth and her husband, Zachariah, were both upright in the sight of the Lord, but had been incredibly disappointed by her long-term infertility. Yet miraculously, she becomes pregnant in her old age We meet Elizabeth as she bids farewell to Mary and awaits the arrival of her son, John. We learn from her story that nothing is impossible with God.
Who Ya Gonna Serve? is a powerful, dynamic program that opens with delightful characters but closes on a somber, poignant note. This program is not recommended for young children but is great for both men and women. Some clients choose to use this program during Advent because a pregnant Mary is part of Elizabeth's story.
~ Abigail was a beautiful woman and that's all Nabal, her first husband, saw in her. But he's a brute and a fool. He puts his household in harm's way. Abigail's at a crossroads: stand by and watch her household be destroyed or take action and endure the wrath of Nabal. Listening to her story, we find out that being pretty isn't her greatest attribute.
The three characters deal with both the positive and negative aspects of beauty. This program is filled with humor, and is terrific for a women's event, but you don't have to leave out the men - it speaks volumes to them as well. Due to sexual innuendo, this program is probably not appropriate for young children.
~ Late, late for a very important date, that's Eve. It's her first therapy session and boy, does she need it! She's taken the rap all these years for introducing sin into the world and she's looking for answers.
Fruit of the Tree is often used during Lent and as the closing program for a women's retreat. It starts out light and funny but ends with Mary's emotional rendition of the crucifixion and resurrection. This program is appropriate for men and women, but due to sexual innuendo in Potiphar's Wife, probably not suitable for young children.
The Wife (of Job)
Jane is a mess. Where do we find her in the Bible? Actually, she's a modern-day character living in New York City, abandoned by her boyfriend and newly unemployed. Her solution: her horoscope, pills and wine. But her mom boldly suggests that Jane try something new - the Bible. In desperation, Jane opens the Bible and like the children in C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, she is transported into another world where she meets Job’s wife, the Witch of Endor, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. In this fascinating new world she learns biblical truth and valuable life lessons.
This is a great program for all ages. Audiences that have seen Anita’s other programs will be surprised to see that she never leaves the stage to make her costume changes. She transforms herself into each of the characters with very simple costume pieces and props.
Lydia, the wealthy purveyor of purple, opens the program with some fashion advice and relates how she found true freedom as a servant of Christ. Then the Woman Caught in Adultery is dragged into the room to be judged for her sin but receives her freedom when she comes face to face with Jesus. Finally, the stories of the woman who is freed from her long struggle with the issue of blood and Jairus's daughter who is freed from death are told through the eyes of Jairus's Wife.
This is Anita's newest program. This program is appropriate for men and women, but due to sexual
~ It's not often a queen comes to visit, but Esther has an urgent message for us. A poor orphan girl, she was plucked from obscurity and placed in a position of importance in a palace. That sounded like every girl's dream come true, until she discovered that she faced a life-or-death decision: speak up for her people and possibly lose her life or be silent and watch them lose theirs.
For Such a Time as This is often chosen for Sunday morning worship . It's appropriate for all ages.
* Anita always includes her personal testimony for single performances. At retreats, she will give her testimony at the end of one of the selected programs. A second piece, Lessons Along the Way (10 minutes) is available for repeat clients and retreats.
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