Thursday, December 5, 2013

Performing in Colorado this Christmas season...

Don't miss the remaining chances to see this amazing performance!

Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 6:30 PM – Bethel Russian Church ( Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church)Aurora
Friday, Dec. 6 @ 5:00 & 7:00PM – Grace Place, Berthoud, CO
Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 6:00PM – Grace Community Church, Johnstown, CO
Tuesday, Dec. 10 @ 6:30PM – Mountain View Church, Glenwood Springs, CO
Wednesday, Dec. 11 @ 6:30 PM – Christ Community Church, Basalt, CO
Friday, Dec 13 @ 5:00PM & 7:00PM – Impact Christian Church, Woodland Park, CO
Sunday, Dec 15 @ 6:00PM – Timberline Church, Windsor, CO

The tale of the Old Russian Shoemaker, based on the short story (Shoemaker Martin) by Leo Tolstoy, has been traveling to stages across the US since 2003.  Under the direction of our CBN Orphan’s Promise team in Kiev, a group of orphans has traveled to the US each Christmas to share this heartwarming production and to raise awareness about orphans in Ukraine. 
As a result of the performances and children traveling to America, countless families have been motivated to consider adoption and many children who once played orphans on stage are now in loving families.  Many of these children are actually right here in Colorado!  In fact last night I had dinner with 2 girls who traveled with our team to Virginia and Colorado in 2007! Now they are in an amazing family in Longmont, Colorado-- a family they met because of the tour.
Picture on the left was last night, picture on the right was when they were 11 and 12 in 2007!
The production of Shoemaker first made its way to Colorado in 2006. Clarke and Kris Stoesz of Berthoud (who are now dear friends) had already adopted 3 children from Ukraine, so when they learned about the show they were quick to get involved and even hosted some of the Ukrainian team. They were so challenged by the message of the show and caring for orphans that they started their own non-profit- Ukraine Orphan Outreach- which has been at work serving orphans in Ukraine ever since!

Now, 7 years later, Orphan’s Promise is partnering with Ukraine Orphan Outreach to bring the Shoemaker back to Colorado!  This year we've brought 7 children and 7 adults to take part in the production. With 12 performances in churches throughout the state, there is no doubt that lives will be touched by this Christmas story. The performances serve as a wonderful opportunity to share about the needs of Ukrainian orphans and to also highlight the wonderful work being done by UOO and Orphan’s Promise in Ukraine.  

If you are in the area we hope to see you at a show!!