Well… I’ve always wanted to be called FLASH! I hate the name Charlie.
Last Saturday a handful of people from our Aroma community put on the musical titled You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. One of our leaders, Jesse, came to Taiwan as a missionary after leaving behind a job as a theater teacher. Since then he’s always been brewing up new and interesting ways to use his skillset to further the Kingdom here in Taipei. This weekend was no different.
So why choose You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown? It’s a show about a young man who doesn’t quite fit in, yet by the end of the night you’re left with a young man who has found a place in a community that accepts him. Our goal at the Aroma is to foster such communities. The Aroma exists to help people smell, equip them to become, and send them to spread the Aroma of Christ with excellence and urgency, through kingdom businesses and Spirit-filled communities.
The cast of YAGMCB consisted of three Americans, one Canadian, one Thai, and a Taiwanese.
While the show premiered at our original cafe location, Aroma’s brand new cafe located in the heart of Taipei’s poorest neighborhood served as a great place to put on a show. I was amazed at the amounts of people that poured in from all over the city. Many friends had been invited who perhaps otherwise wouldn’t be interested in visiting us at the cafe or church. Even one of my good friends I met playing basketball decided to join in the entertainment despite all my past attempts to get him to hang out with me at the cafe having failed.
All together the crew put together six shows, three at each location. It quickly showed to hit all three of our bottom lines. We sold out or nearly sold out all of the shows. We were able to create an event that brought joy and laughter to the community. Hopefully they’ll return to Aroma knowing it is a safe place where they are welcome. And finally, YAGMCB brought Kingdom expansion. Seeds were sewn as even the cast was affected by Holy Spirit working in them throughout the production.
Praise the Lord.