I want to share with you a project that I have been working on the past few months. I am part of a Christian dance ministry called Children of the Light Dancers, and each year the current seniors have the opportunity to brainstorm a vision and execute a spring dance concert. This year one of my closest friends, Meekhol, and I were able to lead our senior group and Core (high school) group.
Sometime last August, Meekhol and I were talking about the future over some Panera lunch. I was sharing with her my “big dream” of instilling a national vision for godly family – we were supposed to make a list of big dreams for our “Circle Maker” dance Bible study. I don’t even know how it happened, but suddenly we were talking about the importance of family and our senior concert. All I can say now is that it must have been God working through us. Within about a half hour we had a vision for our senior dance concert.
After months of planning, hard work, prayer, stress, late nights, sleepovers, and dress rehearsals, we are nearing the final days of preparation before our senior concert. While it has been an exciting time of growth, I did not anticipate the amount of work that putting on a full dance performance required. There have been many nights I have spent in tears and prayer. But through it all I have tried to remember that God is faithful. He brought our performance together last year, and He will again this year.
Our senior concert – “There’s No Place Like Home” – is a fundraising effort for Abide Family Center. Abide seeks to decrease the number of children living in institutional care through support for vulnerable caregivers. The founders, Megan and Kelsey, discovered that there were over 800 orphanages in Uganda and an estimated 50,000 children living in them. Of those 50,000 around 80% have known family members and are only there because of poverty. God’s design is for children to belong in families where they can receive love, care, and support. No child should go without family because of poverty.
The dance concert tells the story of three Ugandan families forced to give their children to orphanages because of poverty. The dances portray the journey of the parent’s love, pain, and struggle. At the end, the families are redeemed by God’s work through Abide. During our concert, we seek to personalize the story of poverty and familiarize the audience with Abide’s purpose.
Check out the promo video!
If you are in the area, consider coming to one of the concerts. I also ask that you would be in prayer that God would use this offering to further His vision for family. Because we believe that children belong in families.
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27)