B.E. Tour Testimonies: blast from the past

Picture: right to left: Michelle Chamberlain, Carole McClelland, Michelle Harris (Carole’s sister) after Olathe, KS performance at Deaf International Community Church

Carole McClelland and Michelle’s Testimony

It finally happened after five long years, my sister, Michelle made it back to York, PA. Michelle and her husband, John, both lived in York PA and had many great?friends through a strong church. It had been 5 years of life since leaving PA. Life led them to Chicago and then finally to settle in Kansas City, MO. With two beautiful daughters, jobs, demands of life – my sister had not been able to go back and visit PA although she had longed to since she had left.

It was after she had come to our Burning Embers performance in Olathe, KS in June this summer that she knew she had to go. She was really touched by the drama ?Masks.? The main character puts on masks to hide his real identity and match the expectations of others. In the end, Jesus knocks on his door and he does not know which mask to wear so tries all of them. Jesus takes off each mask and asks for his heart, his real desires and being. ?Through this drama, she recognized that she had desires like going to PA that she was suppressing and not being real with God, others and herself.

Despite the expense, having to be away from her husband and daughters and taking time off from her job, she needed to go. She decided through prayer after the performance that she would take off any masks she was putting on and be real. She wanted and had to go to PA to visit her friends and church family that meant so much to her. She would trust God for the rest. And God provided. Soon after she was given 400 dollars for her birthday that she used for the plane ticket and then everything else fell into perfect?place by her heavenly Father who wanted to grant her the desires of her heart.

After five long years, she was refreshed and encouraged by her friends in PA and had an amazing visit for her 30th birthday! But it started with Jesus simply speaking through a drama, “Michelle I just want your heart, tell me your desires.”
Renca Dunn’s Testimony
This road trip has turned out to be unbelievably amazing. Yes, putting eight people in one van for two months is definitely crazy, but not crazy enough for God. I am just overwhelmed with God’s heart for us and what He showed us on the trip. I am so grateful for every person that crossed our paths. I cannot thank all of the hosts who took us in with tender love and made sure we were well-rested and well-fed. I could go on with many awesome stories, but I want to share one of the most important things that God has taught me on this road trip. Someone (or a group) broke in our van when our team was in Seattle, Washington. It was a really weird robbery incident because there were many technology gadgets like laptops, GPS, cameras, etc. out in the open. Some laptops were on top of the van seats. The GPS was very visible, near the dashboard.Whoever broke in our van did not touch those things, but took only one thing: my personal bag. Now, in my personal bag was just simply my passport, my travel sized Bible, and a few Christian books. Yes, I am really sad that my passport has been stolen because I had all of the countries I traveled to stamped inside since 2006. Yes, I am really sad about my travel sized Bible being stolen too because I actually had a personal connection to it. However, I realized that the person who took my bag actually took something more valuable than laptops, GPS, cameras, etc. which is the Bible. In the world’s eyes- the Bible is just a “book.” If you really know the Bible, it is not just a “book” but a story that contains the living and breathing Word of our God. That is the best thing that a person can steal. Over time, I realized God has taught me that what was stolen is just a bunch of materials. They fade away. They get expired. They can be destroyed. However, my love for God will never be destroyed. Having Jesus living inside my heart will never be taken away from me. Sometimes it is easy for us to grow attached to a “material.” It is okay to feel connected to something, but if it becomes a priority then we need to reconsider who or what we put first in our lives. I always put God first, but this incident was a good reminder for me.