We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Changes to Upcoming Lamplighter Guild Week

If there was ever anything certain, it is this: God has His hand upon the upcoming Guild week in July.

At the same time, I am very disappointed and extremely excited to share with you some changes in our lineup of master teachers.

First, we have learned that Lizzie Glassborow may be recovering from surgery and unable to travel during her recovery period. Philip did not think it would be wise for him to be away from home, so I must share the sad news that our beloved, London-accented friends will not be with us this year.

But all was not lost when I learned that Peter Moreton would not only be able to teach all that Philip would teach but also incorporate stage acting with his incredible skills.Then, just recently I heard from Peter, who contacted me with fear and trembling. An unusual conflict occurred with the very small print in a contract of his for an upcoming theatrical production. He told me that he and his agent tried everything possible, but he would not be permitted to travel during the week of the Guild. What was God doing? A quick note was sent to the Lamplighter staff, but God seemed to be giving a peace beyond understanding. Peter called me again, and I thought he was about to tell me that he was cleared to come. But instead he recommended his replacement–a celebrated European actress who loved the Lord. When he told me her name, I could only smile. It was Cathy Sara. Some of you may know her as the voice of Mary in the Lamplighter Theatre drama, The Basket of Flowers. But this is not the best part of the story.

When I called Cathy to see if she would be interested, I didn’t tell her what some of the goals of the 2012 Guild would be. In fact, I wasn’t going to share this with anyone until my introductory announcements at the Guild. But it does appear that God would have me announce these goals today. A year ago, God began to burden my heart for the children, teens, and women who have been enslaved in the sex trade, particularly in India, the Philippines and the U.S. In conjunction with Phillip Telfer and John-Clay Burnett teaching on the subject of Documentary Film Production, I thought that some of our students might be inspired to produce something that could awaken the church in America to be engaged in the rescue and redemption of those enslaved in this demeaning and dehumanizing atrocity. What a mission field we have before us.

What does this have to do with Cathy Sara? During the first minute of our conversation, Cathy said to me, “Mark, let me tell you what God has been doing in my life and where my passions are these days and then let’s see if I am a fit to teach at the Guild.” What Cathy said next was a moment that not only brought tears, but also confirmed that God had indeed rearranged our teachers to allow for a very important assignment. Cathy went on to say the following: “Mark, I just returned from India, working with the teens and young women who had been enslaved in the sex trade. I was there for three weeks teaching drama as a means of redemption and restoration. I have never been more blessed than what I experienced in working with these girls and I can’t wait to go back.”

Can you imagine what I felt at that moment? Cathy went on to say that she will be teaching our students some of the same content that she taught in India, thus preparing our students in the art of redemptive drama–a drama that goes much farther and deeper than mere entertainment. This is the art of rescuing souls and of setting the captives free.

My friends, I am more excited than ever to experience what God has for us during this life-transforming week of the Lamplighter Guild. I look forward to sharing more in the next letter. God has opened more doors than I ever imagined. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Christina at mail@lamplighterguild.com. We are more than happy to discuss any concerns you might have. If you’re intrigued, you can also register today!

Sincerely,

Mark Hamby
President Lamplighter Ministries
www.lamplighter.net

Published in: on May 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm  Leave a Comment