Sunday afternoon, fifteen friends gathered in our apartment for an Easter celebration. We wanted to show them the joy that the holiday brings us, so we tried to create an atmosphere to reflect it. Upon their arrival at our apartment, we greeted them warmly and welcomed them to some snacks. As everyone started to settle in, Summer stood up and gathered their attention. “Who wants to play some games?”
Most people came with a friend or two, but at large the entire group was strangers. However, after Summer led us in some playful activities, everyone was feeling a lot more comfortable with each other. “We’d like to take some time and show you guys what Easter is really about,” we said. “So we prepared a skit for you. We hope you guys like it.” As Summer, Sonata, and Sonata’s brother Hurley came out in costume, the crowd fell silent, their eyes focused on the performers. The sound of African drums filled the room through our speaker system, and the mood instantly changed. Our three actors – respectively playing Humanity, Satan, and God – began their well-rehearsed performance as our friends watched intently. They acted out the gospel message for our friends, and the remainder of us sat wondering how they would receive it.
According to plan, I stood up as the drama concluded, and I explained the meaning of what they had just seen. I drew to a close and said, “Do you guys have any questions?” We sat in silence for ten or fifteen seconds, and then one girl in the front row raised her hand. “If he was God, why didn’t Jesus save himself from dying?” I breathed a sigh of relief. They understood. “That’s a great question. Let me explain…”
We spent about thirty-five minutes answering all of their questions. It was clear that God was moving that day. As our time here has continued nearing its conclusion, He has been giving us more and more opportunities to share the truth with our friends. We have been trying to remain faithful, taking every chance we get to spread the word.