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Upside Down

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Upside Down Play in 2016

Early-Bird Tickets Available!

UDownFor the first time in almost 2 decades, a new production of Upside Down will be held in St. Louis adjacent to the 2016 Conference.

Many of us remember Upside Down with tears, laughter and excitement as the book of Acts was brought to life in an astonishing way. (and, who can forget Claudius, Abby and Simon the Sorcerer?!)

Link to Trailer:
Upside Down Trailer

Even Better
Upside Down 2016 will include many of the great songs, scenes and moments from the original. PLUS it will include innovative new wizardry and music in a terrific venue alongside the conference. We’ll even see Upside Down merchandise!

The Catch
Almost 60% of all tickets to Upside Down 2016 has been sold. With almost 16,000 expected, there won’t be enough seats for even half the registrants to attend. (sorry, we tried – 5 shows in 4 days is a lot!)

Early Bird Pricing Until December 31st
We have decided to offer early bird pricing to all early registrants — who register by December 31st.

There Are Seats Left, But They Won’t Last
The best seats are left (box and orchestra), but they won’t last. General ticket sales opened in early October – but in the meantime enjoy your exclusive opportunity to get in and see Upside Down 2016 before all the seats sell out!!!!

Buy Now
The best seats are left – just CLICK BELOW to purchase…
PURCHASE TICKETS
See you in St. Louis!
With love & grace,
The Upside Down Ministry team

Guatemala 2015

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Guatemala Service Brigade

by Steve McBride
Guatemala1Guatemala is picturesque, a mountainous region with lush green forests and live volcanoes. Unfortunately, the landscape socially is filled with chaos. A few months before our arrival the vice president stepped down amid allegations of defrauding the state out of millions of dollars. Currently, the ex-president is in jail, being ordered to stand trial for taking bribes and customs fraud.
With a very small middle class, there’s a huge disparity between the super wealthy and the majority of people who are extremely poor and lacking the most basic services.
Last month, I had the privilege to serve the people of Guatemala at the Medical Service Brigade where hundreds of people were bussed in from remote areas throughout the region to receive free medical services. Every person, people of all ages, who came for medical attention, were treated to a tooth brush, tooth paste and fluoride treatments. Being that most every person had never seen a toothbrush or toothpaste we took the time to give instructions and demonstrate the basics of dental hygiene. Before brushing their teeth, each person had to learn how to wash their hands with a bar of soap, again, for most, this was a first in their lives as well. Fortunately, there was a dentist and a dental assistant on site providing fillings and extractions to alleviate people who had lived with dental pain for years. One memorable moment was showing an elderly woman how to brush her teeth. Though many of her teeth were missing, she imitated me as I demonstrated proper brushing techniques as Guatemala2toothpaste ran down her chin. Have you ever laughed with a mouth full of toothpaste?
If you ever have the opportunity to take a few days off work and want to make a difference serving those less fortunate, you’ll be greatly rewarded with the joy that follows at the Medical Service Brigades that take place every six months throughout Central America.

Family Devotionals 6

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Family Devotionals 6

Family devotionals are a very important part of building faith in our family.  They help parents and children alike!

Today’s Family Devotional Video features James Waddy, a member of our church in Irvine, sharing ideas about what has helped his family in doing their devotionals. As our children go through different chapters in their lives they face new and different issues and challenges.  This video will help you ground your family in the word of God instead of just letting life happen as it comes.  We hope that you will find this episode encouraging, motivating and inspiring!

To view all of the family devotional videos you can visit our Family Devotionals Page. Enjoy!

– Mitch Gonzalez

James Waddy

Family Devotionals 5

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Family Devotionals 5–En Espanol!

Family devotionals are a very important part of building faith in our family.  They help parents and children alike.

Today’s Family Devotional Video is in Spanish and features Ernie Basulto, a member of our church in Irvine, sharing ideas about what has helped his family in doing their devotionals. As our children go through different chapters in their lives they face new and different issues and challenges.  This video will help you ground your family in the word of God instead of just letting life happen as it comes.  We hope that you will find this episode encouraging, motivating and inspiring!

To view all of the family devotional videos you can visit our Family Devotionals Page. Enjoy!

– Mitch Gonzalez

Ernie Basulto

Family Devotionals 4

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Family Devotionals 4

Family devotionals are a very important part of building faith in our family.  They help parents and children alike!

Today’s Family Devotional Video features Ron Richmond, a member of our church in Irvine, sharing ideas about what has helped his family in doing their devotionals. As our children go through different chapters in their lives they face new and different issues and challenges.  This video will help you ground your family in the word of God instead of just letting life happen as it comes.  We hope that you will find this episode encouraging, motivating and inspiring!

To view all of the family devotional videos you can visit our Family Devotionals Page. Enjoy!

– Mitch Gonzalez

Ron Richmond

Family Devotionals 3

Written by OC Disciples on . Posted in Family Devotionals, Spiritual Growth

Family Devotionals 3

Family devotionals are a very important part of building faith in our family.  They help parents and children alike!

Today’s Family Devotional Video features Julio Vescovi, a member of our church in Irvine, sharing ideas about what has helped his family in doing their devotionals. As our children go through different chapters in their lives they face new and different issues and challenges.  This video will help you ground your family in the word of God instead of just letting life happen as it comes.  We hope that you will find this episode encouraging, motivating and inspiring!

To view all of the family devotional videos you can visit our Family Devotionals Page. Enjoy!

– Mitch Gonzalez

Julio Vescovi