VISION XXII TAKES ON FRANCE
Professor Larry Wilson has shown a tremendous amount of dedication to the utilization of music, voice, and drama as an impactful and effective avenue to sharing the Gospel overseas. For the past 22 years, he has trained teams of students to learn songs in a variety of languages, such as Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Albanian, and this year, French. The team of 10 students, Ryan, Jake, Janelle, Laurie, Jenna, Danny, Trish, Malachi, Luke, and Donny recently returned from France.
During this past Memorial Day, they were given the privilege of visiting the Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial in Waregem, Belgium. With permission, they were given the opportunity to perform their version of “The Star Spangled Banner” in the Chapel.
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On the list of things to do, the Vision team began their orientation at the Bibles and Literature in French (BLF) headquarters. Since then, they have been traveling to several schools and churches performing several musical and drama pieces. In addition to these performances, different members of the team have been given the opportunity to share their testimonies with the French people.
How receptive were the people of France in hearing the Gospel message?
In general, the people of France are not very receptive to anything that has to do with Jesus - only 1.8% of France is Christian. However, God used VISION’s street performances to draw a curious crowd, and the pastors who talked to the audience while we performed were able to give about 50-60 gospel booklets to interested people!
What was one of your favorite memories on the trip?
My favorite memory was watching the faces of the crowds after we performed the “Everything” skit! Up until “Everything”, you could see that people were interested in the performance and enjoying it; some even got a little emotional. When we got to that drama though, you could instantly see that their hearts were touched by it immensely. The best part was the moment when you could tell from some people’s faces that they recognized themselves in the main character, and wanted to have the same kind of ending as she did (being resuced and redeemed).
Trish Guinn ('14)